Tofaş Automotive manufacturer Istanbul , Turkey From 1971 to 2003.
The carmaker Tofas was founded in 1968 by Vehbi Koç as a joint venture of Koç Holding and Fiat SpA.Production started in 1971.
The laying of the foundation stone for the Tofaş factory in Bursa took place on 4 April 1969, and on 12 February 1971 it was inaugurated. The plant was originally designed for an annual production of 20,000 vehicles, which two-thirds were light commercial vehicles and 60% were exported. Tofaş made from the start cars of the Italian car manufacturer Fiat under license . The first model was a replica of the Fiat 124 , which was built as Tofaş Serçe until 1994. Later, the Fiat 131 as Şahin (basic model), Kartal (station wagon) and Doğan (luxury variant) was produced under license. A revised version of the Şahin was then produced in Ethiopia as Holland Car DOCC at Holland Car .
Since the abandonment of the models based on the Fiat 131, approximately in 2003, no models are being marketed as Tofaş. For Fiat Siena and Fiat Marea were manufactured and sold as such. The production of Fiat Palio and Fiat Albea ended in 2011, and it remained Fiat Linea and Fiat Doblò .
In 1994 Tofaş founded a research and development center, which built around the year 2006, a vehicle for Fiat and PSA and later a new Fiat Doblò, which also came as Opel and Vauxhall in the sale. For General Motors it was a new generation of the combo . The other construction came as Peugeot Bipper , Citroën Nemo and new Fiat Fiorino in the trade. Both constructions were awarded Van of the Year .