TOGG - the Turkish Saab project

Saab is no longer mentioned in the press releases. The origin of the platform is kept secret, which is hardly surprising. But TOGG, the Turkish Saab project, has its origins in the Stallbacka. As announced, the end of the year came to Presentation of concept vehicles. And there were technical details.

TOGG SUV
TOGG SUV

Design by Pininfarina

Pininfarina and Murat Günak are responsible for the design. Günak previously designed for Mercedes and Volkswagen, Pininfarina is represented in the international dazzling business. The SUV and limousine are nicely drawn, the press text raves about Anatolian roots. In fact, both vehicles have the chic that can also be found in Chinese start-ups. Modern, technically reduced, adapted to what you expect from an electric car. If instead of TOGG there were Nio, Changan, Enovate or Dongfeng on the bow, nobody would be surprised. After all, with the elegant sedan you can still find slight echoes of the Saab 9-3.

A Tesla competitor from Turkey?

The technical data are impressive. No people's car or minimal concept comes here. In the base, more than 300, in the large version over 500 kilometers range should be possible. 200 or 400 hp, 4 or only 2 driven wheels. 80% of the battery can be charged in less than 30 minutes, the 4,8 PS SUV sprints from 400 to 0 km / h in just 100 seconds. The battery will be guaranteed for 8 years.

Reliable data and details are still pending, in the end the efficiency of the drives is decisive. And there is Tesla with a 10-year lead in the benchmark, as VW and Co currently have to experience. Whether the Turkish consortium can catch up will only be decided in 2022 when the SUV rolls off the production lines in the province of Bursa. TOGG already promises low maintenance costs with the latest technology.

Inner space. Something, NIO, Byton, Mercedes
Inner space. Something, NIO, Byton, Mercedes

Holographic assistant

Ein holografischer Assistent in 3D kann dem Nutzer ein neues Mobilitätserlebnis liefern. Vorbei die Zeiten mit 2D Anzeigen. Eye-Tracking Algorithmen und holografischen Helfern gehört das anbrechende Jahrzehnt. Da versteht es sich von selbst, dass Updates online installiert werden. Die Flut an Technik, so TOGG, will den User entlasten. Sie soll einfach, ja geradezu minimalistisch gestaltet sein. Der Innenraum mutiert zum “Smart Living Space”, der über 5G natürlich voll vernetzt sein wird. Sicher soll er auch noch sein, von einem 5 Sterne Rating im Euro NCAP Test wird ausgegangen.

Turkey plans to invest € 3,3 billion in the project in the coming years. 175.000 electric cars can be built per year, 4.000 jobs are created. The project itself is a bit late, it is a good 2 years behind its original schedule. Several models with different wheelbases are to be built on the former Saab platform.

With Mehmet Gürcan Karakas, a former head Bosch manager das Vorhaben. Bis Sommer 2018 war er als Bereichsvorstand für das Segment “Electrial Drives” am Standort Bühlertal tätig. Sein Weggang wurde vom Unternehmen als Verlust bezeichnet. Und während deutsche Kompetenz in das türkische Autoprojekt fließt, gehen die Schweden leer aus. Die angekündigte Zusammenarbeit mit NEVS wurde vor mehr als 2 Jahren aufgekündigt. Vielleicht, und nicht ohne Grund, sehen die Türken die kommende Konkurrenz auch in chinesischen Firmen.

One can assume that TOGG will act aggressively in terms of price. Turkey is a car country, even if the manufacturers are not national companies. With the TOGG consortium, a pinch of Saab, and the upheavals in the auto industry, you can count on opportunities for the future.

5 thoughts too "TOGG - the Turkish Saab project"

  • Surprisingly successful design! If the price plus workmanship are right, then it could work. I am happy if Saab Gene lives on, even if I would prefer Sweden as the origin.

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  • Damn exciting times ...

    technically, politically and both on a global scale. But it's hard to believe that there are still valid references to Saab. It's fun to read about it.

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  • The fact that there are still connections to Saab is really interesting and exciting
    The cars usually look like 0815 SUVs from any other car brand, but I still think it's not bad.

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  • TOGG instead of SAAB…., Never ever!

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  • Certainly there are many different opinions again. Whether it will be in the end is also up to the stars. I personally find the design and the technical. Data not bad. I find the rear sections of both vehicles particularly successful. It's also a little SAAB.

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