Turkey, Economy

EU registers Turkey's first indigenous cars' design

Designs for TOGG protected in Europe for five-year duration of registry as applications in Asia and America on hold

Tolga Yanik   | 13.04.2020
 EU registers Turkey's first indigenous cars' design

ISTANBUL

Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) announced on Monday that the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) accepted its design registration application.

The company completed another important step in the design process, it said in a statement.

The registration rights are to be valid for the next five years, during which the designs of TOGG vehicles will be prevented from being completely or partially copied by other firms.

On the other hand, TOGG's design registration applications in Asia and America -- currently suspended -- are expected to be completed this year.

TOGG will produce five different models -- SUV, sedan, c-hatchback, b-SUV and b-MPV -- until 2030 and own their intellectual and industrial property rights.

The factory's cost is expected to reach 22 billion Turkish liras ($3.7 billion). It will employ 4,323 staff, including 300 qualified personnel.

TOGG's electric vehicle platform, designed by TOGG engineers completely for all five models, will be original and patented.

The platform will provide maximum efficiency, comfort, durability and safety.

The cars, indigenous to Turkey, will also be supported by the government with tax discounts and incentives.

*Written by Aysu Bicer in Ankara

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