Karsan (Turkish: Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii ve Ticaret A.Ş. English: Karsan Automotive Industry and Trade Joint-Stock Company) is a Turkish commercial vehicles manufacturer, based in Akçalar, Nilüfer, Bursa Province. "Karsan" is an acronym for "Karoseri Sanayii" (English: Carrosserie/Bodyworks Industry)

Karsan Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
Company typeAnonim Şirket
Founded1966; 57 years ago
HeadquartersAkçalar, Bursa, Turkey,
Area served
Key people
İnan Kıraç (Chairman)
Muzaffer Arpacıoğlu (Deputy General Manager of Business Affairs)
Okan Baş (CEO)
ProductsAutomobiles, commercial vehicles, Electric bus
Revenue$480 million USD (2013)
Number of employees
ParentKıraça Group

History edit

Karsan was founded in 1966 in Bursa, Turkey, to produce light commercial vehicles. Koç Group assumed management control of the company between 1979-1998. Later on Kıraça Group took over the company in 1998 by acquiring the majority of the shares under the leadership of İnan Kıraç.[1]

Karsan, owned by 100% Turkish capital, produces and sells Peugeot light commercial vehicles under a licensing agreement with the French manufacturer, as well as the Fiat Ducato and its rebadged version the Peugeot Boxer.[2] In addition to these, Karsan produces and sells specialised vehicles such as ambulances, taxis, patrol vehicles and 4x4s.

Karsan also has cooperations with Hyundai for light trucks manufacture, with Renault Trucks for long-distance trailer-trucks and with BredaMenarinibus for bus manufacture.[2]

Karsan's V-1 was one of three finalists, alongside the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200, for New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow. The Nissan NV200 was announced the winning model on 3 May 2011.[3][4]

At the end of 2010, the J9 Premier minibus was replaced with the Karsan J10, available in three body versions-with 14, 17 or 20 seats, and powered by a Euro 4 common rail 2,3 liter diesel engine of Iveco origin.[5] At the end of 2013, the J10 minibus has been replaced by the Karsan Jest.[6]

In December 2018 the company acquired the 70% of Industria Italiana Autobus through a capital increase. The following month, after a meeting with Ministry of Economic Development, the participation in IIA fell to 20%.[7]

Current models edit

Karsan Jest electric
Karsan ATAK
  • Peugeot Partner (1997–present)
  • Peugeot Boxer (2001–unknown)
  • Fiat Ducato (2001–present)
  • Hyundai Truck (2007–present)
  • Citroën Berlingo (2008–present)
  • BredaMenarinibus Vivacity (2010–present)
  • BredaMenarinibus Avancity (2010–present)
  • Menarinibus CITYMOOD (2014–present)
  • Karsan V-1 (prototype)
  • Karsan Jest (2013–present)
  • Karsan e-Jest (2018–present)
  • Karsan ATAK (2014–present)
  • Karsan e-ATAK (2021–present)
  • Karsan Star (2014–present)
  • Hyundai H350 (2015–present)
  • Renault Megane IV Sedan (2022-present)[8]
  • Karsan e-ATA (20xx-present)
  • Karsan e–ATA Hydrogen (2022–present)

Former models edit

Karsan-built Peugeot J9s dolmuş in Bodrum, Turkey
Peugeot Partner manufactured since 1997, restyled in 2003 and 2008
Karsan J10 minibus

Karsan worldwide edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Corporate". Karsan. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  2. ^ a b "Timeline". Karsan. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  3. ^ Gross, Samantha (2011-05-03). "NYC taxis to get suburban look, Japanese nameplate". Associated Press.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "KARSAN WINS FANS BUT LOSES CONTEST IN NYC". Karsan USA. Karsan Taxi NYC. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Fournol, Bernard (2010-10-15). "Karsan J10: lointain Peugeot pour le Bosphore" (in French). Le blog auto.
  6. ^ "Karsan "Jest" Yaptı! | Otohaber Online". Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  7. ^ "Nuova vita di Industria Italiana Autobus". Orticalab. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Italy Embraces Karsan Comfort in Public Transport! | Karsan". www.karsan.com. Retrieved 2024-04-09.

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