Last year, the automotive industry made the lion’s share of the country’s overall exports with 15 percent, the association said in a press release.
While total automotive production, which includes all types of vehicles, was nearly 1.3 million units, total automobile production was just 855,043, down 13 percent on a yearly basis.
Automotive exports totaled 916,543 units, while automobile exports were 596,616 units, down 28 percent over the same period.
Commercial vehicle production also narrowed in 2020, down 9 percent year-on-year.
Last year, the automotive industry’s exports totaled $25.9 billion, while the capacity utilization rate was 65 percent.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which first appeared in December 2019 in China, affected several economic activities all around the world, especially in the EU, affecting many of Turkey’s main export destinations.