Tag Archives | automobile manufacturing

Iran Khodro Production Up 14%

By John Lee. Production at Iran Khodro (IKCO) has grown 14 percent in the first seven month of the current Iranian calendar year. The company produced over 390,000 vehicles in the period compared with 342,000 in the same period last year. Its main products were: Peugeot 405: 81,000 units; Peugeot 206: 77,000 units; Peugeot Pars: […]

Renault Will Not Leave Iran in Face of More US Sanctions

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said the French carmaker would not “leave Iran” even if Washington re-imposed new sanctions against Tehran. “Obviously if it becomes impossible to deal with Iran we will put a plan together for the suspension of our business there, but that’s not at all to say that […]

Proton’s Iranian Subsidiary Dissolved

By John Lee. The Iranian subsidiary of Malaysia’s Proton Holdings has reportedly been disolved. According to Daily Express Malaysia, the wholly-owned subsidiary Proton Motor Pars Co (PMP) was set up to assembly cars and make accessories and spare parts. The company had been dormant since incorporation in August 2011. (Source: Daily Express Malaysia)

Volkswagen starts Automotive Business in Iran

Germany’s Volkswagen will begin the sale of vehicles in Iran in August. Initially, Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Passat models are to be imported under a contract concluded with the Iranian automotive company Mammut Khodro. The Volkswagen brand will thus again have a presence in the Iranian market after more than 17 years, and is systematically developing […]

Pininfarina announces Deal with Iran Khodro

Italian design firm Pininfarina S.p.A has announced the closing of a commercial agreement with Iran Khodro (IKCO). The agreement foresees that Pininfarina will develop a modular automotive platform, able to house at least four different vehicles, and the first passenger car of the medium segment of the  market. Activities will span from the definition of […]

$270m Contract for IKCO

Iran Khodro (IKCO) CEO, Hashem Yekehzare, has announced a $270-million contract and MOU between five Iranian organizations and five major global corporations in car design and development which will lead to introducing 23 cars in 10 years. “In this consortium, Iranian auto parts makers will be present in the process of design and development and […]

Why French Carmakers are real Winners of Iranian Protectionism

By Ali Dadpay for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s auto industry is only second to its energy sector, accounting for some 10% of the gross domestic product and 4% of employment. Showcasing the Islamic Republic’s efforts to become an industrial economy, it […]

Why Iran’s Auto Ambitions will Benefit Economy, not Consumers

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In February, Iran hosted an international auto show for the first time in 11 years. Some two dozen European, Asian and Iranian brands, including Iran’s longtime French partners Renault and Peugeot, took part in the […]

Iran Khodro launches new Mini-Truck

By John Lee. Iran Khodro Diesel (IKD), the manufacturer of IKCO‘s commercial vehicles, has introduced its new mini-truck, the Persika (pictured), to the market. IKD CEO Gholamreza Razazi said it will be available in 6-ton cargo and 8.8-ton cargo versions, adding that it is powered by a 141hp engine that meets Euro 4 environment standard […]

Iran Khodro Tabriz nearly Triples Production

By John Lee. Iran Khodro Tabriz, a subsidiary of IKCO that manufactures the Samand and Soren sedans and the Arisun pick-up, has announced a 167-percent increase in production. The company, based in East Azerbaijan province, made 80,198 vehicles in the year starting 20th March 2016. This included 66,172 Samand models (pictured), 12,323 of the Arisun, […]

Russian Firm to Assemble Vehicles in Iran

By John Lee. Russian automobile manufacturer UAZ is reported to be planning to set up a vehicle assembly plant in Iran in 2018. According to Russian Construction, the company will assemble the UAZ Patriot (pictured), UAZ Pickup and UAZ Cargo vehicles in partnership with local company Tavan Khodro Jey. (Source: Russian Construction)

New US Sanctions Could Help Peugeot in Iran

New US Sanctions Could Help Peugeot Extend Its Lead in Iran’s Car Market A senior official with the giant French automotive Peugeot Citroen said recent new US sanctions against Tehran could play to the vehicle manufacturer’s advantage. “This is our opportunity to accelerate,” Peugeot Africa and Middle East chief Jean-Christophe Quemard said at a recent […]

S. Korean Envoy Sees Bright Future for Iran’s Auto Industry

South Korea’s ambassador to Tehran dismissed the notion that Iran is just a suitable market for selling cars and auto parts, predicting a bright future for the Iranian automobile industry’s presence in global markets. Iran is not just a place for the sale of vehicles and automobile components, and will become a “serious rival” for […]

Iran to Finalize Deal with Renault in Weeks

The Iranian Minister of Trade and Industry Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said a much-awaited contract with French automaker Renault is going to be signed by March 20. The deal with Renault is in the final stages, Nematzadeh told  the Tasnim News Agency on Monday. “They (Renault officials) have promised that it (the deal) would be signed […]

Belgian Gearbox Factory Opens in Iran

By John Lee. The Financial Tribune reports that the Belgian firm Punch Powertrain has opened a factory to make continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) in Zanjan, northwestern Iran. The company will have an 80-percent ownership of the plant, with Iran’s Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) taking 20 percent. 160,000 automatic gearboxes will be manufactured in the […]

Iran Khodro signs three Contracts with Mercedes-Benz

featuredThe CEO of Iran Khodro (IKCO) has announced that his company has recently signed three contracts with the German automaker Mercedes-Benz to launch joint ventures. Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Hashem Yeke Zare said three cooperation agreements have been signed between the IKCO and Mercedes-Benz. He added that two more contracts between the two companies […]

Iran Stops Producing 11 Truck Models

During the Iranian calendar month to 21st December, the production of 11 heavy duty vehicles and pickup trucks in Iran has been stopped. Iran Khodro Diesel (IKD), a subsidiary of Iran’s largest car manufacturer, stopped production of two heavy duty vehicles — the Mercedes-Benz tipper truck LK 2624 and Mercedes-Benz Axor K3335 — and the recently-introduced […]

Iran Khodro Unveils New Models

By John Lee. Iran Khodro (IKCO), Iran’s largest carmaker, has announced that two new products — the Peugeot 207i and Dena Plus — will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2017. Keyvan Vaziri, IKCO Deputy CEO in New Product Development told the press that the Dena (pictured) is the first Iranian sedan with […]

Iran’s Auto Production up 39% in 9 Months

The number of four-wheeled motor vehicles manufactured in Iran during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 20, shows a 39.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year. From March 20 to December 20, nearly 950,000 four-wheeled vehicles of various types, including automobiles, buses and trucks, […]

Iran to Produce Cars in Algeria

The largest car manufacturer in the Middle East, Iran Khodro (IKCO), has taken the first step in establishing a production site in Algeria by launching a joint venture with the African country called IKCO-ALGERIA, and dispatching the required equipment for setting up a production line there. In a meeting with the CEO of Algerian industrial […]