Culture & Art
Tofaş Sports Club

Founded in 1974 at the Bursa Tofaş plant originally as “Tofaş SAS”, a club devoted to watersports, athletics, and team sports, the Tofaş Sports Club adopted its existing name in 1995. Today the club’s offerings encompass a wide range of activities that include basketball, football, volleyball, table tennis, water polo, and even bridge. The Tofaş Sports Club’s basketball teams were the first to play in the European Cup finals, brought home the Turkish national championships, and have won the Turkish Presidential Cup, the Turkish Cup (several times), and the Schools Basketball World Championship. Last year the Tofaş Sports Club brought home the championship from the 17th Cevat Soydaş Basketball Tournament. During the 2017-2018 season, the Tofaş Basketball is contending in the ULEB European Cup and Super League. Many years of investment in youth academies have enabled the Tofaş Sports Club to nurture many talented players for sports in Turkey.

Next Generation Tofaş Project

The goal of the Next Generation Tofaş Project is to provide all children with an equal opportunity to take part in sports. Launched in 2016, one of the aims of the project is to foster attitudes and points of view among children that will help them be successful not just in sports but also in all aspects of life. The Next Generation Tofaş Project is based on a training and implementation model that focuses on the trainer-family-child triangle in order to foster a generation that truly believes that every child should have an equal chance to play basketball wherever they may live. Under the Next Generation Tofaş Project, 10 basketball schools were opened in different Bursa townships and these were attended by nearly a thousand children as of the end of the year. Sixteen little league basketball teams whose members were chosen from these schools are currently undergoing training at the Mustafa V. Koç Sports Complex. In order to ensure the sustainability of these activities, 34 trainee coaches taking part in the project every week are provided with theoretical and applied coach training. An e-learning system has also been set up in order to teach local trainers and children’s families about the project. Other project activities aimed at fostering basketball culture among the public include street tournaments as well as science and creative drama workshops that are conducted with the aim of supporting children’s social intelligence development.

Mustafa V. Koç Sports Complex

The premises and facilities of the Tofaş Sports Club Mustafa V. Koç Sports Complex, which opened its doors on 9 June 2016, are available not only to Tofaş personnel but also to Bursa’s amateur sports teams and athletes. With 5,800 m2 of space, this complex contains three basketball courts, a fitness center, and a fully-equipped sports rehabilitation center capable of providing whatever forms of physical therapy athletes may require.

Tofaş Gymnasium

Tofaş plays its home games at the Nilüfer Tofaş Gymnasium in Bursa. These well-attended encounters also contribute to the social life of Bursa’s inhabitants.

Fiat Laboratories

Koç Holding’s “Vocational Education: A Crucial Matter For The Nation” project. Collaborating with the Ministry of Education’s General Directorate of Vocational and Technical Education and working through Fiat laboratories, Tofaş helps industrial technical training schools and institutions to improve their capacity to provide motor vehicle technology instruction. The first Fiat Laboratory, which was opened at the Şişli Industrial Vocational High School in İstanbul in 2006, celebrated its 11th year in operation in 2017. Fiat laboratories have been set up at 11 vocational lycees in İstanbul, Bursa, Kocaeli, Ankara, Antalya, İzmir, Adana, Samsun, and Diyarbakır. They are provided with training resources by Tofaş after-sales services managers, representatives of Tofaş’s regional service council, and local services managers.

Tofaş Science High School

Located in the Demirtaş Organized Industrial Zone in the Özlüce district of Bursa’s Nilüfer township, instruction at Tofaş Science High School began in 2014-2015 academic year. Occupying 12,252 m2 of grounds, the school has 16 classrooms, 70 dormitory rooms capable of accommodating 280 residents, and a gymnasium. There are 412 students currently enrolled at the school. Turning out its first graduates in 2015, the Tofaş Science High School ranked first among the schools that students in Bursa most wanted to enroll at in the run-up to the 2016-2017 academic year. In 2017 an Innovation Workshop was opened at Tofaş Science High School with the support of various Tofaş departments. This workshop provides students with a setting in which they are given opportunities to gain hands-on experience with project-development issues ranging from developing ideas through innovative methods to prototyping while also discovering their own aptitudes and potentials. The aim of the Innovation Workshop is to support the education of young people who are well-equipped to shape the futures of the automotive industry and of engineering.

Tofaş Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages and Tofaş Art Gallery

Located in Bursa’s venerable Umurbey district, the Tofaş Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages is private museum focusing on the Anatolian transport heritage. Its collection includes not only Tofaş-manufactured cars but also examples of antique carts, carriages, wagons, and other transport-related objects that make it the first and only museum of its kind in Turkey. The museum occupies a disused silk-weaving mill, the historic Umurbey hammam, and an old Turkish house adjacent to the latter, all of which were renovated and repurposed by Tofaş. Occupying 17 thousand m2 of grounds, the museum opened its doors in 2002 and has received about 600 thousand visitors since then. On display in the former mill, which houses the main part of the museum, is a historical panorama of the history of human transport in Anatolia beginning with a wheel that is 2,600 years old and extending to the present day with examples of Tofaş-built motor vehicles. Located within the same grounds as the museum is the Tofaş Art Gallery housed in the Umurbey Hammam, the original construction of which dates to 1430. To date the gallery has hosted six exhibitions. “The Poise Of The Steelyard: Scales, Weights & Measuring Instruments”, a show with past and present-day examples of such equipment, attracted more than 70 thousand visitors.
Pamukkale Hierapolis archeological excavations

Since 2005 Tofaş has been sponsoring archaeological excavations at Hierapolis, the extensive ruins of one of the five biggest ancient cities in Turkey. Coterminous with the Pamukkale thermal zone, both Hierapolis and Pamukkale were declared UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1988. Excavation work, which is being overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Denizli governor’s office, continued during the 2017 season with Tofaş’s support. The excavations are being carried out by an international team of about seventy archaeologists, architects, restorers/conservators, and other experts mainly from Italy and Turkey. One of the site’s star attractions is the Hierapolis theater. Built about 1,800 years ago, this is one of the finest examples of Roman theater architecture still in existence. Restoration work on the theater’s scaenae frons facade, the elaborate multi-story background of the proscenium, has been completed making this the only ancient theater in Turkey to have a fully-reconstructed and functioning stage. As a result of this work, this 12 thousand-seat theater is now being used again as a venue for cultural and artistic activities as it was originally intended. Among the other significant Hierapolitan structures that have been unearthed are two necropolises, baths, a basilica, a martyrium, the Frontinus Gate, a gymnasium, an Apollo temple, and the so-called Pluto’s Gate (Plutonium), a shrine sacred to the ancient god of the underworld, Pluto. Tofaş continues to support the Hierapolis excavations, where work is now in progress to excavate and restore the ancient city’s Plutonium shrine. In ancient times this was believed to be a gateway to the underworld– the world of the dead ruled over by Pluto and his abducted wife Persephone–and because of this association the shrine is also sometimes referred to as “The Gate to Hell”. Within the ancient shrine is a cave-like grotto that emits a dangerous cloud of carbon-dioxide gas that will suffocate any living thing that is unable to avoid it. Known in ancient times as the home of an oracle and still a magnet for visitors because of its natural wonders and ancient ruins, excavations at Hierapolis have turned up finds that push the site’s known history back another three centuries.