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Maybach Enters Iran via Kish

Maybach Enters Iran via KishMaybach Enters Iran via Kish

Mercedes-Benz's ultra luxurious Maybach brand is back after several years of hiatus following the German carmaker's decision to restart production of the S500 and A600 models in 2015.

The S500 Maybach model now available in Iran's free trade zone on Kish Island, is the first of the brand to be given an Iranian registration plate, local automotive website Khodro Bank reported.

It is presumed that the S500 has come via one of the Persian Gulf littoral states, the report said, adding that the model is the only Maybach to receive driving permission on the island.

Iran's free trade zones have different rules compared to the mainland. People can import cars (minus US-made vehicles) into the free trade and industrial areas without paying tax.

Imports to the mainland, however, are subject to taxes from 4-6% for selected hybrid models up to 100% for vehicles deemed luxurious. Because of the high tariffs and customs duties the prices of imported cars in Iran are among the most expensive in the world.



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