Tesla teases official launch in Turkey next week


It looks like Tesla will finally be expanding into Turkey next week, according to a post on the company’s official Instagram account. The Instagram post showed a Model Y with the native spelling of Turkey, along with the date of 4/4, or April 4, and the double-eyed emoji, hinting at something big happening on that date.

Tesla has been working on expanding into Turkey for some time. CEO Elon Musk made his first visit to the country in 2017 to meet with President Erdogan. Then, in December 2021, Musk and Erdogan held a video conference to discuss Tesla and SpaceX involvement in Turkish projects.

Then just one month later the company appointed Kemel Gecer as the CEO of Tesla Motorlari, their Turkish subsidiary after having previously been Lufthansa’s Turkey-Iraq CEO, hinting at a possible launch of Tesla sales in the country in 2022.

2022 came and went without any signs of an official launch, but speculation ramped again earlier this month when the Turkish government granted Tesla a license to operate its Supercharger network in the country.

While the Instagram post was short on details, given that it included the Model Y we can expect to see both the Model Y and the Model 3 go on sale next week. It remains to be seen however if the flagship Model S and Model X will also be offered.

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