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.

Timeline
2020
- The Egea model family, which Tofaş started mass production in 2015 by leading the product development process and exported to many countries of the world, especially Europe, under the name Tipo was renewed. With the renewal, in addition to Sedan, Hatchback and Station Wagon body options, the “Egea Cross” was added to the model range, which is prepared to represent the family in the Crossover class.

- R & D compared to 250 Turkishtime Turkey Research Tofas, the most among the 10 companies in the field of patent and R & D Center's activities. With 23 patents registered by Türkpatent in 2019, Tofaş became the 7th company that received the most patents.

- Tofaş produced 3 different protective equipment for healthcare professionals in the fight against coronavirus.

- In order to support the availability of medical supplies needed in combating the coronavirus epidemic, Tofaş sent the protective health equipment designed and produced in the R&D Center to health institutions in 70 provinces. In this process, Tofaş produced 1300 biological sampling and intubation cabinets with 50 thousand visor masks. In addition, it created an online platform where demands are collected, production and shipment functions are monitored, and the designs of the equipment are presented as open source so that different companies can also benefit.
2019
- By leading the product development process at Tofaş, three different hardware versions that can be preferred in the Hatchback and Station Wagon body versions of the Egea model family were put on the market. Street and Sport versions with more dynamic design details can be preferred in the Hatchback version of Egea; The S-Design version is offered in Hatchback and Station Wagon body type.
2018
- “Fiat Yol Arkadaşım Connect” developed in Tofaş, was put up for sale. Turkey is going to change the relationship with auto users habits and vehicle connectivity technology " Fiat Yol Arkadaşım Connect" with Fiat users are now able to access the smart phone or the many exclusive features such as computers can through remotely connect to the car easily.

- The specially developed electric version of the Fiat Doblo manufactured in Tofaş was delivered to Vakko. Two electric Fiat Doblo Cargo, equipped with a fully electric motor and 30kW battery, will be used in Vakko's city operations in Istanbul.
2017
Tofaş R&D begins working on the development of Egea-series racing models for use by the Fiat MotorSports team.
2016
- 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.
2015
Fiat Egea Sedan, the Egea family’s first model, is introduced to markets in the last quarter of the year.
2014
- 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.
2012
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.
2008
A new R&D building is opened.
2007
- Two years after work on the project began in 2005, Fiat Linea is introduced in İstanbul.
- Tofaş begins producing Fiorino MiniCargo models for Fiat.
2006
By carrying out the product-development activities of the Doblò update project, Tofaş acquires the intellectual and industrial property rights to that vehicle.
2005
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.
2002
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.
2000
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.
1999
Marea and Brava go into production.
1998
Tofaş’s R&D unit is created in December
1994
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.

Patents

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
Timeline

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
600
Employees
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.

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