Turkish auto exports, which include light commercial vehicles and cars, increased 7.7 percent during the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2013, as indicated by Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) statistics.
Turkey realized $16.93 billion worth of exports in the January to September period; in 2013 this figure was $15.71 billion.
The four provinces of the Marmara region were the source of $14.6 billion worth of exports, or 85 percent of Turkish auto exports.
Bursa carried out 33.67 percent of the total auto exports of the country. Istanbul followed Bursa in second place with 22.34 percent, Kocaeli had 19.21 percent of exports and Sakarya came fourth with 10.21 percent.
Though Bursa’s export figures registered a slight decrease of 5.17 percent, it kept its leading position, having the largest portion of the four provinces. On the other hand, Sakarya exports increased the most, growing by 34.23 percent. Ankara, Izmir and Manisa followed the Marmara region provinces.
While exports showed a slight increase, domestic auto sales in Turkey declined by 19.25 percent in the same period, according to recent data released by the Automotive Distributors Association (ODD).