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Turkish auto exports expected to hit record high in 2017

Demand from Europe strong, but domestic sales sag amid political turmoil, sluggish tourism, weak lira

Honda cars are assembled at the automaker's plant in Kocaeli, western Turkey.

ISTANBUL -- Turkish auto exports are on course to hit record levels this year, with the figures for the first six months rising 29% from the same period last year to some 710,000 units, including trucks and buses, according to data by the Turkish Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD).

Production is also growing -- about 870,000 units were made in the six-month period, a 20% increase on the year -- and is expected to hit a record high for the full year.

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