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Iran Automakers Produce 1.25m Vehicles in Last Fiscal Year

Car companies in Iran are struggling to produce as much as the wanted
Iran Automakers Produce 1.25m Vehicles in Last Fiscal YearIran Automakers Produce 1.25m Vehicles in Last Fiscal Year
logistical issues have also dogged carmakers rushing to bring out new vehicles

Iran's state-owned and private carmakers missed their production target by  50,000 units in the last fiscal that ended on March 20.

According to the latest data released by local automotive website Asre Khodro, total car production hit 1.25 million during the 12 months.

However, the industry saw a 40.7% growth in auto production year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade.

Missing of  the target should worry carmakers as earlier in the year they had anticipated sales would exceed their initial estimates.

However, production delays during the year that just ended put off many from purchasing a new car for fear of getting a raw deal if something better comes along from one of the several companies entering the market, for instance Renault.

Meanwhile, logistical issues have also dogged carmakers rushing to bring out new vehicles.

In one example last autumn Renault announced it was planning to sell the Indian-developed Renault Kwid to the local market, however, no word has been heard since the initial announcement.

The company local director, Payman Kargar, said the car would be competitively priced at the lower-end of the local offerings, around 300 million rials ($7800) placing it in competition with SAIPA's Tiba model.   

Another possible issue for the car companies is the ongoing belt-tightening by car buyers, with many still put off by high-interest rates against hire- purchase schemes.

Car companies usually charge over and above the rate of inflation for car purchases.

Just before the end of the year, the largest car group, Iran Khodro (IKCO) announced it had begun production of a Peugeot 2008 crossover as part of its joint venture with the PSA Group’s Peugeot brand.

The car is likely to cost more than 900 million rials ($24,000), which is some 20% higher than its equivalent vehicle sold in Europe.

In this year Iran hopes to produce some 1.5 million vehicles by March 2018.

Iran Auto Production (March 2016-17)

Pride

213,143

Peugeot 405

148,622

Peugeot 206

161,593

Peugeot Pars

119,230

Tiba

106,136

Samand

102,702

Renault

82,956

MVM

55,008

L90

76,200

Nasim and Saba Pride

55,218

JAC and Lifan

41,448

Dena

28,008

Brilliance

31,115

Sandero

36,249

Runna

12,253

Cerato

13,197

Pars Tondar

14,227

Dongfeng H30

11,911

Tiba X200 Hybrid

7,833

Pride Hybrid

5,347

Mazda 3

2,952

Suzuki Grand Vitara

2,645

Haima

3,687

Changan

4,686

Asa

1,080

Tiba X100

288

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