Despite the effect of the pandemic, Mercedes-Benz Turk completed 2019 with 2020 units, increasing its sales by 141 percent compared to 6.932. Completing 2020 once again as the leader of the Turkish truck market, Mercedes-Benz Türk continued this success in the January-June 2021 period.
According to the results of the first 2021 months of 6; Evaluating the truck industry, Mercedes-Benz Türk produced 11.361 trucks and tow trucks during this period, and 56 of these vehicles were exported with a 6.399 percent rate. In the first 2021 months of 6, 5.451 Mercedes-Benz branded trucks were sold to the Turkish domestic market. In the light of these data, Mercedes-Benz Türk maintained its long-standing leadership with Turkey's truck and tow truck production, domestic market sales and export figures when the January-June results of 2020 and 2021 are compared. While 10 out of 7 trucks produced in Turkey hit the road from the Mercedes-Benz Türk factory, 10 out of 8 trucks exported bear the signature of Mercedes-Benz Türk.
Carrying out its reliable 2nd hand activities in the truck industry with TruckStore, Mercedes-Benz Turk contributed to the Turkish economy by selling 2021 vehicles and exporting 224 vehicles in January-June 5. Thanks to the campaigns in the field of after-sales services and the personalized lending opportunities provided by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, customers were supported under all circumstances.
Mercedes-Benz Türk continued to be both a local and a global player in the first 2021 months of 6 with its activities in the field of R&D. Mercedes-Benz Turkish Truck R&D teams exported engineering for trucks in different continents of the world.
Alper Kurt: “The effect of the pandemic is decreasing in truck production and exports”
Alper Kurt, Mercedes-Benz Turkish Truck Marketing and Sales Director; “Despite the pandemic, the effects of which we started to feel in March 2020, we once again became the leader of the Turkish truck market by increasing our truck sales by 2019 percent compared to 141 and reaching 6.932 units. In the first half of the year between January and June 2021, we can say that the impact of the pandemic on truck production and exports has decreased. By producing 2021 trucks in the first 6 months of 11.361, we achieved an increase of 148% compared to the same period of the previous year. By exporting 2021 trucks between January and June 6.399, we achieved a 100% increase compared to the same period of the previous year. In the first 2021 months of 6, we achieved an increase of 5.451 percent with our sales of 165 units compared to the same period of the previous year.
Alper Kurt also talked about after-sales services and R&D activities in addition to production, sales and exports; “In order to provide uninterrupted service to our customers during the pandemic period, our after-sales service network started to serve 7 hours a day, 24 days a week. In 2021, we continued these services, which we offer so that life can continue uninterruptedly. Thanks to this application, which was met with great satisfaction by our customers, we both strengthened our ties with our existing business partners and reached more new customers. We have also started to offer our TruckParts products, which are determined, tested and approved according to Mercedes-Benz standards, at affordable prices. We have strengthened our position in global competition by adding new ones to our responsibilities in the field of R&D every day.” said.
New ones added in 2020 to the innovations in 2021
The company, which completed 2021 with success with the New Actros produced at the Aksaray Truck Factory, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2020, continued its innovations in the truck market in 2021. Mercedes-Benz's Arocs, Actros and Atego models continue to respond to changing customer expectations in every segment of the market by offering comprehensive innovations for 2021 in the tractor, construction and cargo-distribution groups. With its renewed portfolio in the truck and tractor segments, Mercedes-Benz Turk responds to the demands of both fleet customers and individual vehicle owners.
In 2021, Arocs models with engine power increased by 10 to 30 PS were made more equipped, while the new Arocs 3740 joined the family in the concrete mixer segment. While the transportation series was renewed in 2021 Actros models, the Actros 1842 LS for fleet customers in the tractor segment and the newest member of the series Actros 1851 Plus package began to meet with customers. In 2021, many scopes to increase the comfort of the driver began to be offered as standard in Atego vehicles. In addition, the new Atego 1018 standard package for distribution applications has also joined the series.
Delivery numbers increased
Thanks to the support provided by Mercedes-Benz Türk and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, the extensive service network and interest of after-sales services, and Mercedes-Benz's preservation of its second-hand value, truck deliveries did not slow down in 2021 as well. Actros, Atego and Arocs model trucks, which are used in domestic and international transportation activities, in the transportation of food and fast moving consumer goods, and in the construction industry, continued to be the first choice of companies and drivers. Apart from the deliveries to Batman Municipality, Aslantürk Logistics and Aytaş Logistics, the plans for major deliveries in the second half of 2021 are about to be completed.
TruckStore started to offer new solutions in reliable used truck sales
The TruckStore brand of Mercedes-Benz Türk, which continues its 2nd hand activities in the field of trucks, continued to contribute to the sector with the solutions it offered. TruckStore, which sold a total of 2021 trucks in the first half of 224, contributed to the Turkish economy by continuing to export. The company, which has also started a new organization under the name of ToolStore, continues to prioritize sustainability by selling Mercedes-Benz Türk's end-of-life equipment to other companies according to the standards of the main businesses.
Continuing its one-stop full service approach, TruckStore continued to provide its customers with the best possible service, including credit opportunities.
Patent applications continue with R&D studies
Mercedes-Benz Turkish Truck R&D Teams, which continue their work without slowing down, applied for 2020 patents in 84. Including the 93 patent applications of the bus R&D, Mercedes-Benz Türk, which has applied for 177 patents, became the third company in Turkey with the highest number of patent applications in 2020. In the first 2021 months of 6, Truck R&D Teams applied for 38 patents and Bus R&D Teams applied for 60 patents.
The R&D Center in Istanbul Hoşdere carries out the general vehicle concept, mechatronics, chassis, cabin and calculations for trucks. In the center, which can work simultaneously with truck production and R&D centers all over the world, the effects that can only be observed after 10 years of intense use on vehicles with a "Digital Twin" in the virtual environment can be simulated in just a few months, and vehicles can be designed to be ready for this beforehand.
Aksaray R&D Center, which was put into operation within the body of Aksaray Truck Factory with an investment of 2018 million Euros in 8,4 due to the global additional responsibilities undertaken for the truck product group, continues to be the only road test approval authority for Mercedes-Benz trucks all over the world. Thanks to Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality technologies, R&D engineers working all over the world within the Daimler global network can work together at the same time. By contributing to Turkey's achievements in engineering exports, the position of both Turkey and Aksaray is strengthened.