Informed by the insightful vision of Koç Holding’s founder Vehbi Koç, Tofaş Türk Otomobil Fabrikası A.Ş. is
incorporated as a joint venture of Koç Holding and Fiat.
“I believe that whichever heavyweight company is the first to get started in the automotives industry ahead of its
competitors is the one that will succeed. Trucks and cars must be manufactured in this country. There’s going to be a
huge automotives market.” (Vehbi Koç)
On April 13th, construction work begins on the Tofaş plant in Bursa.
On February 12th, the Bursa plant is formally opened in a ceremony. Heading the crowded list of guests in attendance
are President Cevdet Sunay, Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel, General Chief of Staff Memduh Tağmaç, Tofaş Chairman Vehbi
Koç, Fiat Chairman Umberto Agnelli, Minister of Industry and Bursa Governor.
Commissioned with an installed manufacturing capacity of 20 thousand vehicles a year, production at the Bursa plant
commences with Murat 124.
An important milestone is reached in the export history of Turkey’s automotives industry when Tofaş ships its first Murat 124 models to Egypt.
The Tofaş Sports Club is formed. Initially active in wrestling, basketball, football, volleyball, and athletics, the club later decides to concentrate on
basketball, after which its teams start bringing home many championships. With investment in sports infrastructure
continuing in line with the company’s sense of social responsibility, the Tofaş Sports Club supports the emergence of
numerous young stars.
Murat 131 goes into production.
Şahin 131 goes into production.
Kartal ve Doğan modellerinin üretimine başlandı.
Tempra goes into production.
Tofaş commences domestic production of engines for its Tempra line.
Tofaş’s one-millionth vehicle rolls off the Tempra assembly line.
With the production of Fiat Uno, a vehicle for the B segment is introduced to the Turkish market for the first time.
Tofaş R&D is set up.
The exportation of Turkish-made vehicles to the European market begins with Tofaş’s first big shipment of Tempras. This development also opens the way for other
manufacturers to make motor vehicles for sale in Europe in Turkey.
Participating in its first global automobile project with its contributions to Fiat Palio, Tofaş begins managing a
world-spanning supply chain.
Marea and Brava go into production.
Fiat Doblò goes into production and Tofaş creates a segment of its own in the Turkish automotives industry. For the
first time, Tofaş personnel are directly involved in a project’s pre-production stages. The Doblò becomes one of
Tofaş’s most important models for many years.
Tofaş becomes the Turkish representative for Alfa Romeo, one of Fiat Auto’s marques.
The Palio series is given a makeover. Production of the Siena ceases and is replaced with Albea, whose project involves
the development of a new product type for the first time. Albea is subsequently included in Fiat’s global portfolio and
production of this model begins in Fiat plants in other countries.
Tofaş plays host to Michael Schumacher, one of the world’s foremost Formula 1 racing drivers, who comes to Turkey for
the first time to appear in an advertisement for the FCA Palio.
In keeping with Tofaş’s commitment to preserving Turkey’s historical and cultural heritage, the company opens the Tofaş
Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages in Bursa.
Tofaş; çalışanları, tüm Türkiye’deki bayi, satış ve servis elemanlarını bir araya getirerek oluşturduğu 2.208 kişilik
dev orkestra ile Guinness Dünya Rekorlar Kitabı’na girdi.
Tofaş’s two-millionth vehicle rolls off the Fiat Palio Go assembly line in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Koç Fiat Kredi Finansman A.Ş., a captive financing company set up jointly by the Koç and Fiat groups, becomes a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Tofaş as a result of its acquisition of all of that company’s shares.
Work begins at Tofaş on the company’s “Minicargo Project”, whose aim is to develop a new light commercial vehicle for
Fiat, Peugeot, and Citroen. This is Tofaş’s first multi-marque production project.
With the incorporation of Fer Mas Oto Ticaret AŞ, a wholly-owned Tofaş subsidiary, Tofaş becomes the official
representative for Ferrari and Maserati in Turkey.
Fiat Linea goes into production.
By carrying out the product-development activities of the Doblò update project, Tofaş acquires the intellectual and
industrial property rights to that vehicle.
Tofaş introduces the FCA’s World Class Manufacturing program at its Bursa plant in order to bring its operations into
compliance with lean-manufacturing standards and practices.
Tofaş’s Fiat Linea is voted an AutoBest award.
The new Fiat Doblò receives the “Commercial Vehicle of the Year” award.
Tofaş begins producing Fiorino Minicargo models for Fiat.
The Bursa plant’s production capacity is upped to 400,000 vehicles a year.
Tofaş’s three-millionth vehicle rolls off the Fiat Fiorino assembly line.
Tofaş becomes the first among 175 FCA plants around the world to achieve World Class Manufacturing Silver status.
Fiat Doblò receives the “Commercial Vehicle of the Year” award.
Fiat Fiorino receives the “Commercial Vehicle of the Year” award.
The Cargo version of New Fiat Doblò is voted “Light Van of the Year” in the UK’s Van Fleet World series of awards and also receives the year’s environment
Tofaş becomes the representative for Jeep in Turkey after Fiat acquires a majority stake in Chrysler.
Tofaş’s four-millionth vehicle rolls off the Fiat Fiorino assembly line.
Opel Combo, a multi-marque model developed by Tofaş based on the New Fiat Doblò platform, goes on sale in many European
and other markets.
Tofaş achieves World Class Manufacturing Gold status.
Tofaş’s new R&D complex is opened.
Tofaş begins exporting Fiat Doblò to North American markets as the “Ram ProMaster City”. This brings the number of
badges for which Tofaş manufactures to six.
After a ceremony marking the start of production of Fiat Egea Sedan, the vehicle goes on sale in Turkey and around the
At the Private Sector R&D Centers Summit organized by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, the Tofaş R&D
Center is not only cited as the best R&D center in the Turkish automotives industry but also places third among the
country’s best R&D centers in all categories.
The Fiat Egea Project’s Hatchback and Station Wagon models go into production. They are sold under the “Fiat Tipo” name
The Egea Project’s Sedan model goes on sale in Mexico under the “Dodge Neon” name.
Fiat Egea, Turkey’s best-selling automobile, is also voted “Best-Buy Car Of The Year In Europe” at AutoBest 2016.
Tofaş’s five-millionth vehicle rolls off the Egea Hatchback assembly line.
The number of personnel at the Tofaş R&D Center reaches 700.
Record-breaking performance makes Tofaş the Turkish automotives industry’s leading manufacturer and exporter.
Tofaş brings home first-place honors for the second time at the year’s Private Sector R&D Centers Summit conducted by
the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. The company also ranks first among Turkish entrants in the European
Commission Joint Research Center’s R&D Investment Score List.
Mustafa V. Koç Sports Complex opens at the Bursa plant.
Annual production capacity is upped from 400 thousand to 450 thousand vehicles.
Tofaş once again ranks first among Turkish entrants in the European Commission Joint Research Center’s R&D Investment
Score List. This is the third year in a row that the company has been so honored.
Tofaş opens its Bursa to all visitors who are interested in manufacturing and automotives and who want to see how a
motor vehicle plant works.
In the İstanbul Chamber of Industry’s 2016 survey of Turkey’s 500 biggest industrial concerns, Tofaş ranks third in the
country based on its sales-from-production performance.
Fiat Egea becomes Turkey’s best-selling car for the second year in a row.