About Otokar

1963
  • Official foundation of Otokar
1964
  • First intercity busses and first fridge trailers of Turkey manufactured
1966
  • Toll manufacturing of Land Rover
1968
  • Airy Apollo
1969
  • Manufacturing of minibuses for public transportation
  • Name change to "Otobüs Karoseri Sanayi ve Turizm İşletmeleri A.Ş."
1976
  • Otokar becomes a member of Koç Group
1983
  • First armored money transportation vehicle of Turkey
1984
  • Name change to “Otokar Otobüs Karoseri Sanayi A.Ş.”
1985
  • Municipality public buses in lenght of 12 meters
  • First computer aided design works in automotive industry
1987
  • Manufacturing of tactical wheeled vehicles under the license of Land Rover Defender
1989
  • Manufacturing of the first tactical armored wheeled vehicle of Turkey: Otokar APV
1990
  • Joining of Akrep armored tactical vehicles of the product family
1993
  • First tactical armored vehicle exportation of Turkey and the "New Export Item Award" from the Under Secretariat of Foreign Trade
1995
  • Public offering
1997
  • Move to the plant in Sakarya; planning for manufacturing of Cobra
1998
  • Award of contract for 5250 pcs. tactical wheeled vehicles by the Turkish Armed Forces
2002
  • Merger with İstanbul Fruehauf A.Ş.
  • The first aluminum tanker semi-trailer with ADR certificate of Turkey
  • Manufacturing of midi bus Sultan
2003
  • Manufacturing of the first tanker with ADR certificate of Turkey
2004
  • Unification of R&D and engineering works of Otokar under the roof of "R&D Center"
  • First exportation of Sultan brand midi buses
2005
  • Armored Internal Security Vehicle
2007
  • Doruk brand medium size bus
  • The first hybrid bus of Turkey
2008
  • Selection of Otokar as the main contractor for the National Battle Tank Manufacturing Project
  • Acquisition of the land and equipment of Otoyol manufacturing plant
2009
  • KAYA brand Mine Resistant Armored Vehicle
  • KENT brand 12-meter in-city busses and M2010 minibuses
  • Awards to Doruk brand medium size bus: Design Turkey Award, Busworld Kortrijk Grand Award
  • Order of the Under Secretariat of Defense Industry for 861 pcs Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
2010
  • ARMA brand 6x6 armored combat vehicle and two export orders
  • The best-selling bus brand of Turkey
2011
  • Special Jury Award in KENT European Coach Week
  • ARMA brand 8x8 armored combat vehicle
  • First model of Altay in actual dimensions
  • Establishment of Otokar Europe
2012
  • Opening of Otokar Tank Testing Center
  • First electric bus of Turkey
  • Presentation of the first prototype of Altay
  • Winning of the tender for purchase of buses by the İstanbul City Bus Administration
2013
  • Manufacturing of Tulpar tracked armoured vehicles.
  • Manufacturing of Atlas brand trucks
2014
  • Being named the “Most Successful R&D Centre” in automotive industry, accreditation of Otokar EMC/EMI Test Centre.
  • ISO 10002 certification for customer satisfaction.
2015
  • Leader bus brand in Turkey for the sixth censecutive year
  • Kent Articulated Bus
  • Tulpar S Tracked Armoured Combat Vehicle
2016
  • Submiting the offer to SSM for the serial production of Altay Main Battle Tank.
  • Exporting the technology and licence of Navigo buses. The Smart Bus, developed under the CoMoSeF programme.
  • Establishing Otokar Land Systems Limited in the United Arab Emirates.
2017
  • Signing a contract with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces for the 8x8 armoured vehicles by Al Jasoor, the Joint Venture company of Otokar Land Systems.
  • Sultan series vehicles updated, Sultan LF added to the city bus range.
  • Doruk T received a faced lift and was introduced to the European market as Ulyso T.
  • Tulpar-S personnel carrier variant added to product range.
  • Activities launched to shift in focus toward Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution.
2018
  • Serial production of 8x8 armored vehicles started at the Otokar plant and the first batch was delivered.
  • Otokar signed a deal for 400 buses with the Bucharest Municipality, the largest export deal for a single item by a Turkish bus brand, and started delivering the buses.
  • Otokar established a company titled Otokar Europe Filiala Bucuresti S.R.L. to manage its export operations in Romania.
  • Otokar is included in the BIST Sustainability Index for the fourth consecutive time.
  • With the international Appstacle project, in which Otokar and Koç Sistem participate as project partners, development of a cloud-based smart vehicle app that will become a benchmark in next generation automotive standards is ongoing.
  • Otokar mobile app developed for commercial vehicle users was also launched.
2019
  • AKREP IIe Turkey's first Electric Armoured Vehicle added to product range.
  • Kent Electra, 12-meter full-electric city bus added to the city bus range.
  • Otokar subsidiary, Otokar Central Asia founded in Kazakhstan.
  • Delivery of 400 Kent buses to Bucharest Municipality completed.
  • Otokar is included in the BIST Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive time.
  • Otokar continued to be Turkey’s most preferred brand in its own segments.