Economy, Auto

Iranian Automaker Welcomes Foreign Partners

Iranian Automaker Welcomes Foreign PartnersIranian Automaker Welcomes Foreign Partners

Bahman Group, a manufacturer that produces vehicles under license by Mazda, is looking to increase its offering by working with heavy vehicle companies.

Mohammad Reza Soroush, CEO of the group, made the statement during a ceremony for unveiling their new line of trucks jointly produced with Isuzu, Akhbar Khodro reported.

"There is great willingness to expand collaboration with foreign partners, post-sanctions, as this would lead to industrial growth as far as commercial vehicles are concerned," he said.

Speaking about collaboration between Bahman Group and Isuzu, the renowned Japanese car and commercial/heavy truck company, Soroush said, "According to the strategy we are pursuing with Isuzu, six vehicles have been manufactured and offered to the market in the last 12 years."

The group's CEO added that the company has now introduced an Isuzu double-cabin pickup.  The two companies had also previously collaborated on the production of 5-ton, 6-ton, 8-ton and 18-ton duty trucks as well as an Isuzu minibus.

Elaborating on the specifications of the new product, Soroush noted that the country lags in the area of diesel engines and there is an urgent need to replace gasoline-burning engines with diesel ones so as to aid the national economy.

Bahman Group currently possesses 57% share of the commercial vehicle and duty truck market. Siba Motor, a subset of Bahman Group, holds 37% share of the market for lorries and Bahman Diesel holds 8% share of the Iranian minibus market.