The Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) disclosed that sales of cars and light commercial vehicles in Turkey were 47,122 units in February 2020, 89.4% higher than the figure for the same month of the previous year. Sales of cars increased 96.4% to 37,727 units, and sales of light commercial vehicles increased 65.7% to 9,395 units in February 2020 compared with the same month of the previous year. The introduction of cheaper automotive loan packages as of October 1st, 2018 from Turkish state banks Ziraat Bank, Halkbank and Vakıfbank, and similar packages offered since by Turkish private banks have helped boost automotive sales over the last six months. Despite the fact that Turkey is still in the midst of an economic recession which will continue to dampen demand over the foreseeable future, automotive sales in February were neverthess very good and back up to 2018 levels.
In February 2020, sales of diesel automobiles were 43.5% and sales of automatic gearbox automobiles were up to 71.2%. Of commercial vehicle sales, 10,909 (74.5%) vans, 1,680 (11.5%) light trucks, 1,107 (7.5%) minibuses, and 956 (6.5%) pick-up trucks were sold.
In the year 2019, sales of cars and light commercial vehicles in Turkey were 479,060 units, 22.9% lower than the figure for the previous year. Sales of cars decreased 20.4% to 387,256 units, and sales of light commercial vehicles decreased 31.8% to 91,804 units. Sales in 2019 of diesel automobiles were 52% and sales of automatic gearbox automobiles were 66.5%. Of commercial vehicle sales, 66,704 (72.7%) vans, 10,838 (11.8%) light trucks, 7,203 (7.8%) minibuses, and 7,059 (7.7%) pick-up trucks were sold.
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