Tofaş R&D’s vision is to create and develop exciting vehicles and new technologies that fully
satisfy growing customers’ needs in every part of the world. Tofaş R&D, thanks to its team
know-how, contributes and participate actively to the FCA product development network.
- Developing brand new and update passenger and light commercial vehicles suitable for any
market, environmentally friendly, compliant with regulation, satisfying and exciting customers
while adopting new technologies.
- Translating explicit and implicit customer requirements into technical specifications, to
engineer and industrialize system & components that realize the future vehicle performance.
- Achieving scientific and technological improvement and get to original scientific and
technical contents, pursuing the robustness of design and processes so that the value for the
customer is constantly improved.
The Tofaş R&D Center’s goal is to increase the number of patents that it applies for every
year by coming up with new projects and innovative ideas that create added value. As a
result of the innovative work carried out by the Tofaş R&D Center, applications for 48 new
patents were submitted during 2018.
Founded in 1994, the Tofaş R&D Center seeks to contribute to the national economy by developing
passenger and commercial vehicles that are outstanding not only by virtue of their technical
superiority but also because of their innovative engineering design details. Equipped with
everything it needs to compete with Europe’s best in the area of vehicle research and
development, the Tofaş R&D Center was designated a formally-licensed R&D center by the Turkish
industry and trade ministry in 2008.
The Tofaş R&D Center gained significant momentum in expanding its R&D competencies when it
assumed responsibility for the MCV project (Fiorino / Qubo / Bipper / Nemo) developed for Fiat
and PSA vehicles between 2005 and 2007. Subsequent to this, the development of the new Doblò
for Opel, Vauxhall, and Ram likewise played a significant role in increasing Tofaş’s export
performance in as much as the company was then building vehicles under six different badges.
In 2014 and 2015, the Tofaş R&D Center was fully involved with sedan, hatchback, and station
wagon product development projects for the Fiat brand with Egea / Tipo and Dodge as Neon. The
investments that Tofaş undertook for these new models, for whose R&D work Tofaş was entirely
responsible, is one of the biggest investments ever undertaken in the history of the Turkish
automotive industry. The first model of the new Egea sedan was introduced to the market in the
last quarter of 2015 while production of Egea hatchbacks and station wagons began in 2016.
As of 2018, the total value of all of the design and test infrastructure investments completed
at the Tofaş R&D Center in the areas of vehicles’ concept, styling, bodywork, interior design,
suspension, engines, emissions, vibration, and acoustics aspects topped EUR 48 million.