Hybrid car sales in Turkey edged out sales of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-powered vehicles in the January-February period.
In the two-month period, a total of 6,979 hybrid cars were sold, compared with 3,658 LPG-powered units, according to Automotive Distributers' Association (ODD) data compiled by Anadolu Agency (AA).
Hybrid car sales had an 8.7% share in the market, while LPG-powered cars had 4.6%.
Overall, sales of cars and light commercial vehicles were up by 37.4%, hitting 102,232 units in the same period.
While hybrid car sales were up by 227.8% year-on-year in January-February, LPG-powered car sales were up by 7.9%. Diesel-powered car sales, on the other hand, were down by 15.5%.
Electric car sales also posted a significant rise over the same period at 72.5%.
Both in January and February, Turkey’s overall passenger and light commercial vehicle sales have increased despite the pandemic that slashed the market elsewhere, for instance in Europe.
A total of 43,728 vehicles were sold across Turkey in January, while the number reached 58,504 in February.
With a second consecutive monthly growth, February's sales were the highest for that month in the last 10 years.
In 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic brought unprecedented obstacles to the sector, from restrictions to the supply gluts, the Turkish auto industry managed to end the year on a positive note in contrast to many European countries.
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