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Turkish auto industry ended 2020 in positive territory

Turkish auto industry ended 2020 in positive territory

The Turkish auto industry has managed to end 2020 in positive territory despite all the obstacles it faced during a year overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Turkey jumped 61.3% year-on-year in 2020 to 772,788 vehicles, according to Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) data.

On a yearly basis, passenger car sales surged 57.6% in the same period to reach 610,109 units, the association said in a report Wednesday.

The report showed that almost 162,679 light commercial vehicles were sold in the year, up 77.2% from 2019.

In December, sales rose 15.2% year-on-year to 104,293, the association added.

The market needed only nine months to surpass the sales of the whole of 2019, when 479,000 units were sold.