Economy, Auto

5 Local Cars to Hit the Brakes

5 Local Cars to Hit the Brakes5 Local Cars to Hit the Brakes

The production of five Iranian car models will stop on December 22.

Iran's Car Manufacturing Policymaking Council in its latest meeting decided to implement new carbon dioxide emission standards test by that date.

The new regulations stipulate that a vehicle must not emit more than 163 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometer. The same figure is expected to decline to 150 grams, ISNA reported.

According to the council's report, the engines of five local cars are not equipped with the needed technologies and do not meet the new standards.

The models have not been mentioned yet, but a quick glance at the latest report on vehicle production and quality released by Iran's Standards and Quality Inspection Company for the month ending August 22 may give us a clue.

During the period, 31 models were assessed, 27 ranked "very good" and the rest received a "good" ranking, which is difficult to comprehend when the facts are broken down. The evaluation of vehicles was based on criteria, such as technicalities and performance, engine malfunction, brakes and electronics. Problems concerning design and assembly were also taken into account, apart from unusual sound, water resistance, body work and paint.

The overall rankings placed the New Mazda 3 produced by Bahman group on top of the chart while MVM110 dropped to last place. The performance category did not contain too many surprises since May, as Saipa's range of Prides (X132 and X131) once again collected the most negative points for poor performance and technical problems.    

Iran Khodro's Peugeot 405 and Peugeot 206 as well as the Dacia Logan produced by Pars Khodro—locally referred to as Pars Tondar— had also degraded in terms of overall performance and technical problems.

Some vehicles produced in Iran like the aforementioned Peugeot 405 have been under contract from Peugeot for the past 20 years. They have faced growing criticism from the authorities over their deteriorating performance.

Therefore, it would not come as a surprise if the production of any of the above-mentioned models happens to stop in December.