Turkey’s First Car TOGG Goes 0-100 km/h in Just 4.8 Seconds
Turkey’s first domestically produced automobile rolled off the assembly line and hit the track in Istanbul in what appeared to be an acceleration test as part of the latest work on the project. Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG), the consortium developing the country’s first self developed car, released a video showing the latest details of the production and assembly process.
The video shared on Twitter features engineers building a prototype of TOGG’s fully electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) from scratch, before it performed what appears to be an acceleration test at the Istanbul Park circuit. The tweet reads:
“We are achieving our goals step by step. Our journey to the New League continues without slowing down.”
During the lap of the Istanbul track, the SUV accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds with four passengers boarded in the car with the driver. The functional prototypes were sent to accredited test centers for safety, thermal, strength, dynamic and performance tests.
TOGG was launched on June 25, 2018. It is led by former tech-giant Bosch executive Mehmet Gürcan Karakaş, who was appointed as CEO in 2018. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in December 2019 unveiled prototypes for the SUV and a sedan, both fully electric and C-segment models. TOGG will produce 5 different models – an SUV, sedan, C-segment hatchback, B-segment SUV and B-segment MPV – through 2030. Mass production of the first SUV will begin in 2022, with the sedan to follow.
Construction of TOGG’s engineering, design and production facilities began on July 18, 2020. Built on an area of 1.2 million square meters in the Gemlik district of northwestern Bursa province, the facility is scheduled to be complete by early 2022. TOGG has opted for advanced lithium-ion battery technology company Farasis as its business partner for the battery. TOGG says the car will reach 80% charge in under 30 minutes with fast charging and will have a drive range of between 300 to 500 kilometers.