Tofaş, one of the Koç Group companies, has been one of the two largest companies in the Turkish automotive sector since 1971. At the R & D center, which was commissioned in 1994, various activities were carried out with the aim of moving production activities to a higher level.
For over 25 years, Tofaş's R & D center, established with the mission of providing product problem-solving and commissioning support for production models, today has responsibilities such as developing new products for global markets, upgrading existing products and developing technology in certain areas.
The facility, with an infrastructure of 45 million euros, employs a total of 700 people, of which 550 are engineers. We are at the Tofaş plant in Bursa to examine the projects developed at the center and witness the development processes.
10 MILLION R & D RETURNED TO THE EURO
Tufaş CEO Cengiz Eroldu, who we met at the plant, explained that the fundamental role of R & D has emerged in the field of sustainability in global competition. Eroldu emphasized that they have allocated 3% of their annual revenue for R & D activities and that they have increased their R & D capacity by investing 10 million euros in 2018.
Eroldu stressed that they have carried out R & D exports at the present time. Tofa's R & D engineers take part in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' product development work abroad. In this context, in 2018, we carry out R & D exports worth 10 million euros, said Gelin.
Cengiz Eroldu, who shared a lot of information about Tofa's R & D activities, said: "We are mainly engaged in reducing the weight of our vehicles, we also have activities in the field of electric vehicles.
COST PROMOTED FOR SALE & # 39;
Within the scope of the electric vehicle works mentioned by Eroldu, we learned that an electrically driven version of Doblo, the light commercial model of Fiat, currently produced at the Tofaş plant, was developed by Turkish engineers.
However, we were informed by Tofas CEO Eroldu that the vehicle was not planned to go on sale now.
Eroldu, who listed the reasons for this situation, "We are giving different companies a try in the scope of customer testing." The lack of cost and infrastructure levels is the biggest hurdle in front of electric vehicles. customer needs to pay more, "he said.
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While meeting with Tofaş CEO Cengiz Eroldu, he would not have to talk about the future of the industry that has left behind a difficult year.
In this context, with the extension of SCT and VAT incentives by the end of March, Eroldu, which cites a market expectation of more than 400,000 in 2019, said the former. It is a situation that the sector wants to cover the totality of the tax cuts of this year. affects customer demand and creates a contraction in the automotive industry in general, "he said.
Eroldu emphasized that the market may take time to reach the million pieces again, "In the past, the market has shrunk again in the years 2001 and 2009 to reach the previous level of two years.
2019 Right Objective 20 BILLION TL
Explaining Tofaş's 2018 performance and 2014 goals, Eroldu said it planned to sell 40,000 units in the domestic market. Last year, 240,000 pieces of exports Eroldu, said that this year, in parallel with exports last year, expected a performance.
Eroldu, will be about 300 thousand in the number of production and 2019? Of about 20 billion TL in the targeted segmentation said. Tofaş CEO, the domestic brand's total sales, the fleet sales rate is 30 percent, he added.
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Tofaş CEO Cengiz Eroldu spoke about the future of the brand and the models that will be produced in the near future.
SUV and Crossover demand in Europe and Turkey Eroldu said the model, "Of course, then we have to definitely evaluate this issue.Egea architecture is very new.If such a study may be on the architecture of Egea," he said.
In the foreseeable future, Tofaş CEO pointed out that companies exporting to Europe would have to produce hybrid and electric vehicles, "European legislators are accelerating demand. We continue to work to fulfill both as a brand that exports to Europe." "he said.
ALL TYPES OF VOICE
Told CEO Eroldu shared details about the work done at the R & D center and mentioned that they are working to integrate virtual reality technology into their product development processes.
Eroldu, R & D Center in 2009, operating in a quiet state of 17 dB (A) in the quiet room in the quiet, quieter and more comfortable to provide vehicles to explain what they are working, "in the vehicle vehicle noise level , engine sound, exhaust sound, sound absorption performance of the insulators with many areas of vehicle vibration levels are measured and the required tests are performed, "he said.
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Another service that Tofaş developed at the R & D center, Fiat Cukur Eroldu, also spoke about the Connect Friend application. We offer a new experience where they can get from anywhere, and they can establish a bond when they are not using their vehicles. "
Fiat Egea, Fiat Doblo and Fiat Fiorino models may be preferred in new acquisitions of vehicles, but also can be applied to the existing vehicle park Eroldu information, "Fiat My Friend Connect with the remote vehicle door and luggage lock on-off, tire pressure, fuel and battery status to follow, online service to get an appointment with the vehicle parking position, emergency road assistance and ambulance service to receive many different functions, how to be able to, "he said .
210 KM WITH FULL CHARGER
At the Tofaş plant, the electric Doblo, where we have the opportunity to test, produces 111 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. The vehicle, 30 kWsli battery with a range of up to 210 km for the user is explained.
We learned from engineers who developed the Electric Doblo that vehicle acceleration values within 0 to 100 km / h in 12.9 seconds were limited and under normal conditions, the Doblo could reach 100 km / h in 8 seconds.
WEIGHT increased to 150 kg
The batteries placed on the underside of Doblo's luggage increased the weight of the vehicle by 150 kilograms while lowering the center of gravity. We note that this is for the driving dynamics of Doblo.
So far, the electric Doblo, which has a passenger attitude in curves, is less likely to be compared to its siblings with internal combustion engines. In addition, the road surface is less affected by side winds, making fluctuations less noticeable. In this table, the effect of the suspension and spring settings is indicated.
As a result, if we say that the solutions developed by Turkish engineers at the Tofaş R & D center are proud of the industry and the country, I do not think we should exaggerate. We expect the number of high value-added projects from these centers to increase and the Turkish automotive industry to have the right place in the world with the contribution of the national car that will be sold in the coming years.