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Uptick in Quality of Budget Cars in Iran

Quality of SAIPA’s Pride has been augmented. Quality of SAIPA’s Pride has been augmented.

The quality of several Iran-made budget vehicles, priced under 500 million rials ($11,900), has observed a slight improvement according to the results of a monthly audit released by Iran Standard and Quality Inspection Company.
Two versions of Pride, the cheapest car available in the Iranian market, have seen one-star improvements by the end of the month which ended on May 21 compared to the previous month.
The recent report shows signs of a focused effort on enhancing the quality of budget vehicles. Two Pride models, namely SAIPA 131 and SAIPA 132 have been upgraded from one-star quality on April 20 to two-stars (out of a total of five) in the span of merely one month.
ISQI is a private entity which conducts monthly quality and safety tests on behalf of the Ministry of Industries. Previous reports published by the firm indicated that many locally manufactured cars suffered from poor quality, barely earning one star in ISQI’s five-star ranking system.
However, the recent report is indicative of a general uptick in car quality over the years. Currently, only one Pride model, SAIPA 111, has scored a meager one-star ranking. 

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