New Rules and Slumber of Iranian Carmakers

The Islamic Republic Car Assessment Program (IRCAP) should come into force by January. Informed sources in the key industry say strict implementation of the new standards can pull the plug on the production of several models made by Iran Khodro and SAIPA
New Rules and Slumber of Iranian CarmakersNew Rules and Slumber of Iranian Carmakers

Hard-pressed auto manufacturing industry already under mounting pressure for its poor quality and high prices should prepare for a new challenge in the coming weeks. The state is due to raise the bar and announce a new set of automotive standards. Form what is known, most vehicles made by the two major car companies Iran Khodro and SAIPA will not be able to comply with the new norm.
The new automotive standard, known as the Islamic Republic Car Assessment Program (IRCAP), will come into force in January. Industry observers say four models manufactured by IKCO and SAIPA, namely Pride, Tiba, Samand and Peugeot 405, are simply not of the quality and type that can meet the new standards.
ISNA has published a report about IRCAP and the possible impact of its full-force introduction on the local auto industries, predicting hard times for the beleaguered sector that has long become used to complacency and sloth. 


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