News ID: 280067
Published: 0249 GMT January 29, 2021

Iran’s 10-month car production tops 730,000

Iran’s 10-month car production tops 730,000

Iranian carmakers manufactured 730,787 vehicles during the ten months to January 19, 2021, according to statistics released by the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.

During the said period, the Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) manufactured 388,094 vehicles, of which 41,608 were produced in the month to January 19, 2021, reported

SAIPA manufactured 262,038 vehicles in the 10-month period, of which 27,462 were manufactured during December 21, 2020-January 19, 2021.

Pars Khodro also manufactured 80,655 vehicles, of which 7,856 were manufactured in the month to January 19, 2021.

Iranian carmakers exported about 1,300 vehicles, weighing 1,573 tons, to nine countries including Taiwan, Syria, the UAE, Spain, China, Iraq, and Turkey during the previous Iranian year (ending March 19, 2020).

The increase in production means the Iranian car industry is recovering from months of recession that came because of lower demand and closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmakers around the world have reported historic plunges in output as the pandemic has caused factories and dealerships to close in many countries.

IKCO said in May 2020 that mass production of its fully homemade cars will begin early this year amid efforts to make the automotive industry in the country less vulnerable to foreign sanctions.

IKCO said the K132, a sedan based on its Samand model, will enter the market in February as the first car that would rely on Iranian suppliers for parts and design up to 92.5 percent.

The carmaker said the first version of the car will be equipped with an EC5 engine and a manual transmission, while later models will have automatic transmission and a turbocharged engine.

It said other options on the manual K132 will include power steering, a modern brake system, two front-seat airbags and cruise control.

On fuel efficiency, the model will be equipped with Euro-5 emission-control technology and its average consumption will be 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers, according to the company.


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