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History

Year 1963

Year 1963. In parallel to the country's first private sector industrialization movements, Otokar initiated the Turkey's first actual intercity bus manufacturing investment under the license of Magirus Deutz in Istanbul. Otokar manufactured the buses, the most modern intercity vehicles for the period, which are still recollected as the "Air-System Apollo".

Year 1970

In 1970's, Otokar once again led the way of inner city transportation system in Turkey by launching air-cooled minibuses with Deutz engine. During the same period, Turkey's largest conglomerate Koç Holding purchased the majority of Otokar shares. Within its mass transportation strategies, in early 1980's, Otokar added the inner-city bus to its product range.

Year 1980

In the begining of 1980's Otokar began inner city bus production and in mid-1980's Otokar manufactured the first Turkish armored vehicle as a cash-carrier.

Year 1980

Due to the need of Turkish Armed Forces, in 1987 Otokar has developed a new strategy for entering the military production and signed an agreement with Land Rover, UK to manufacture Land Rover Defenders in Turkey.

Year 1990

In early 1990's, Otokar combined its armor technology with its experience in military vehicles by developing Turkey's first 4x4 light-armored tactical wheeled vehicles, "Otokar Armoured Patrol Vehicle", "Akrep", and "Cobra" respectively. In 1997, Otokar moved to its new plant in Sakarya, Arifiye.

Year 2002

In 2002 Otokar acquired another Koç Group Company, Istanbul Fruehauf A.S., and strengthened its position in the sector by adding the trailer and semi-trailer production to its activities.

Year 2002

In late 2002, with the experience in public transportation Otokar developed the small bus called the "Navigo" which is marketed in Turkey with "Sultan" brand.

Year 2003

In 2003, Otokar initiated a cooperation with Singapore Technologies Kinetics (STK) for the new 8x8 tactical armored vehicle.

Year 2005

By designing its “Armored Internal Security Vehicle” Otokar widened its armored product family in 2005.

Year 2006

In 2006, Otokar countinued to grow both in semi-trailers and public transport vehicles with new models.

2007

In 2007 Otokar introduced its new 9-meter bus series Vectio into the market.

2008

In 2008 Otokar was awarded as the prime contractor in Altay Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project contracted by the Under-secretariat of Defence Industry for the Turkish Armed Forces.

2009

In 2009 Otokar added the mine protected armored vehicle KAYA to its armored vehicle family.

2009

In 2009 Otokar completed its bus range with its new 12m bus series Kent. New generation minibus Centro was introduced into the market. Vectio T was awarded with Grand Award Midi Coach at Busworld Kortrijk.

2010

In 2010 Otokar added Arma 6x6 to its armoured vehicle family. Arma 6x6 received two contracts from abroad in the same year of its launch.

2011

In 2011 Otokar Europe was established. Kent was awarded with the “Jury’s Special Award” in the scope of the European Coach Week. Otokar added Arma 8x8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle to its product range.

2012

In 2012 Turkey’s First Tank Test Center was opened within Otokar. Otokar launched Turkey’s First Electric Bus Doruk (Vectio) Electra.

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Last Update: 10 September 2014

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