Turkey closely monitors NY taxicab competition process

Ergun will tell U.S. officials that not a single vehicle manufactured in Turkey had been called back up until now.

Turkey closely monitors NY taxicab competition process

Turkey's industy minister is closely monitoring the ongoing New York Taxicab tender process in which Turkish commercial vehicle producer Karsan is one of the competitors.

Turkish Industry & Trade Minister Nihat Ergun, who sent a reference letter to the mayor of New York City right after Karsan's participation in the taxi tender, is now getting prepared to send another letter, officials told AA on Sunday.

In his new letter, Ergun will tell U.S. officials that not a single vehicle manufactured in Turkey had been called back up until now.

Ergun will also highlight Turkish automotive sector's strong structure, officials said.

In his first reference letter to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ergun said Turkish automotive sector was one of the major sectors in Turkey in terms of exports, employment, competency, investments and macro-economic magnitude.

Ergun also noted that world's automotive giants such as Ford, Toyota, MAN, Mercedes, Isuzu, Peugeot, Fiat, Renault and Hyundai had manufacturing facilities in Turkey.

In the second letter that will be sent next week, Minister Ergun will comment on Karsan's successful projects and explain why the company deserves to win the taxicab tender in New York.

Karsan, Turkey's one and only multi-branded commercial vehicle producer, builds vehicles for several brands such as Peugeot, Citroen, Renault Trucks, Hyundai and BredaMenarinibus.

Turkey's Karsan and Japan's Nissan have been named finalists, along with Ford, in the multimillion dollar "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest aiming at manufacturing New York City's next taxicab.

Metro New York, a freesheet tabloid published for New York metropolitan area, has recently featured an ad criticizing Karsan and Nissan for having business ties with Iran.

In a recent statement, the Turkish car maker denied the claims and said that it had had ties with Iran in the past, but today it had no financial, commercial or industrial ties with any Iranian company or institution.

Last weekend, a survey conducted by New York Taxi & Limousine Commission among more than 22,000 participants revealed that nearly 66 percent of New Yorkers expressed a favorable view of the "Karsan V1 Taxi".

AA

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