According to the March data of the Automotive Distributors and Mobility Association (ODMD), total sales of automobiles and light commercial vehicles in Turkey increased by 55.2 percent in the January-March period of 2023 compared to the same period of the previous year, and amounted to 235 thousand 971.
In the January-March period of 2023, automobile sales increased by 50.1 percent compared to the previous year and reached 175 thousand 421, while light commercial vehicle sales increased by 71.9 percent to 60 thousand 550 units.
Looking at the month of March of this year, the sales of automobiles and light commercial vehicles increased by 61.7 percent compared to March 2022 and amounted to 103 thousand 929.
In March, automobile sales increased by 57.9 percent compared to the same month of the previous year and became 79 thousand 226, while light commercial vehicle sales increased by 75.3 percent to 24 thousand 703 units. This was recorded as the highest March of all time.
The automobile and light commercial vehicle market grew by 50 percent compared to the 10-year average sales in March. While the automobile market grew by 47.9 percent compared to the average 10-year March sales, the light commercial vehicle market grew by 57.4 percent compared to the 10-year March average sales.
Sales by segment and body types
When the automobile market is evaluated by segments in the January-March 2023 period, 89.1 percent of the market was composed of vehicles in the A, B and C segments with low tax rates. C segment cars received a 53.6 percent share with 93 thousand 990 units, while B segment cars received a 34.7% share with 60 thousand 870 units.
When the automobile market is evaluated according to body types, the most preferred body type was SUV cars with a share of 46.6 percent, with 81 thousand 788 units. SUVs were followed by sedans with a 29.9 percent share and 52 thousand 430 sales, and hatchbacks with a 21.3 percent share and 37 thousand 282 sales.
In the said period, automatic transmission cars took a 73.2 percent share from the sales with 128,403 units, while the share of manual transmission cars took a 26,8 percent share with 47,18 units.
According to the body type in the light commercial vehicle market, the van body type was the most preferred body type with a share of 83 percent, the van body type took the second place with a share of 6.7 percent, and the minibus body type took the third place with a share of 6.1 percent.