GEBZE, Turkey

The foundation stone for Turkey’s first domestic car plant will be laid in May with construction expected to take a year, its CEO said Tuesday.

Gurcan Karakas of Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) said at a news conference in the country’s industrial province of Kocaeli that the factory will start mass production in 2022 with an annual capacity of 175,000 units.

The smart plant will be set up in the city of Gemlik, northwestern province of Bursa.

“The project plan is ready. We want to have an iconic design spread over two buildings. We are in

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