Tofaş continually invests in know-how expansion and advanced technology in order to develop value-added systems and innovative products.

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.

The mission that Tofaş R&D has identified in line with this vision include:

- 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.

Tofaş R&D begins working on the development of Egea-series racing models for use by the Fiat MotorSports team.
- The hatchback and station wagon models of the Fiat Egea series start rolling off the assembly line. They are sold under the “Fiat Tipo” name in Europe.
- The Egea project’s sedan model goes on sale in Mexico under the “Dodge Neon” name.
Fiat Egea Sedan, the Egea family’s first model, is introduced to markets in the last quarter of the year.
- A new version of the Doblò model is developed for North American markets, where it is to be sold under the “RAM ProMaster City” name and is also available as a passenger wagon. With this vehicle, Tofaş R&D becomes involved in the development of new platforms for Turkey’s and other countries’ markets.
- Tofaş R&D begins working on a two-year project to develop sedan, hatchback, and station wagon versions of its new Egea series. The investments undertaken for these new models, whose intellectual property rights belong to Tofaş (which is also responsible for the series’ development), are notable as the biggest in the history of the Turkish automotives industry.
Opel Combo, a multi-marque model developed by Tofaş based on the New Fiat Doblò platform, goes on sale in many European and other national markets.
A new R&D building is opened.
- Two years after work on the project began in 2005, Fiat Linea is introduced in İstanbul.
- Tofaş begins producing Fiorino MiniCargo models for Fiat.
By carrying out the product-development activities of the Doblò update project, Tofaş acquires the intellectual and industrial property rights to that vehicle.
Fiat, PSA Peugeot, Citroen, and Tofaş enter into an agreement to develop and manufacture a new “MiniCargo” light commercial vehicle, all of the intellectual property rights to which belong to Tofaş. This was the first successful undertaking of this kind in the history of the Turkish automotives industry.
The Palio and Palio Weekend models are given a makeover. Production of 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.
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.
Marea and Brava go into production.
Tofaş’s R&D unit is created in December
Participating in its first global automobile project with the production of the Palio, Palio Weekend, and Siena series, Tofaş begins managing a world-spanning supply chain.


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.

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 only FCA R&D
center outside Italy serving the European market
18,000 m2
of Laboratory and Office Space

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.