• Rouhani Orders Clampdown on Unlawful Vehicle Imports

    President Hassan Rouhani has issued a two-week ultimatum to a string of government bodies to crack down on corrupt circles which have brought cars into Iran through illicit means and had the vehicles cleared from customs warehouses by forgery.
    A litany of corruption allegations has rattled Iran’s auto market as reports of misconduct piled up and prompted the president himself to demand a full-scale and speedy inquiry into the matter.
    To spearhead a transparency campaign and alleviate public concerns, Rouhani issued an official statement on Saturday, ordering several state bodies to investigate a possible ploy by “government employees, one computer company and a number of importers” to obtain clearance from the customs administration through illicit channels for several hundreds of vehicles brought into Iran.


Read the latest news about Iran’s automotive industry, market trends, output figures, & import data, along with updates about Iran Khodro, Saipa and Pars Khodro

  • Due to Tehran’s heavy traffic snarls, many prefer to take a motorcycle instead of a taxi.
    Iranian motorcycle manufacturers have roughly ten months to upgrade standards or halt production altogether. The government of President Hassan Rouhani introduced a directive back in 2014...
  • Car Market Under Majlis Scrutiny
    The Iranian Parliament on Sunday advanced plans to directly engage in monitoring and moderating the country’s turbulent auto market. A total of 142 lawmakers voted for urgently pushing through the...
  • GM has sought wage concessions from its labor union as well as government funding and incentives to save its remaining three South Korean factories.
    General Motors Co’s South Korean unit on Monday said it has reached a tentative wage deal with its labor...
  • Snapp, Iran’s First Unicorn Startup?
    The widely used ride-hailing application Snapp will pursue new business opportunities by merging its program with hotel reservation apps and collaborating with Irancell to unveil a SnappPay...
  • Kerman Motor’s production lines (File Photo)
    Iran’s largest private automaker Kerman Khodro is hoping to raise capital by a public stock offering, an initiative that can shake things up and alter the status quo of Iran’s auto market....
  • Several lines of the subway network are still under construction.
    Allocation of 7 trillion rials ($166.6 million) worth of bonds for completion of Line 7 has helped speed up the construction, Head of Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Operation Company told...
  • JP Morgan Sees Headwinds for Tesla Shares
    Tesla’s electric car sales will suffer due to increased competition from German automakers, according...
  • In an ongoing trip to China, Managing Director of SAIPA Mohsen Jahroudi (2nd R) visited Brilliance and Changan’s factories.
    SAIPA, Iran’s second-largest auto manufacturer, is revealing plans for expanding ties with two of its Chinese partners, Brilliance and Changan, to further grease the wheels for the company’s ascent...
  • Opel’s owner PSA aims to eliminate 3,700 jobs under a program of voluntary departures.
    Planned job cuts at carmaker Opel will save enough cash to meet owner PSA Group’s turnaround...
  • IKAP to Mass-Produce Peugeot 301
    Iran Khodro is set to launch mass production of Peugeot 301 in the coming months as part of a joint venture agreement with PSA Group’s Peugeot brand. The €400-million joint venture, which is...
  • China’s state planner said on Tuesday it would remove foreign ownership caps for companies.
    China will scrap a limit on foreign ownership of automotive ventures by 2022 in a major policy...
  • Parts makers assert their expenses have risen by 30%.
    In light of the massive disturbance in Iran's forex market, automotive industry insiders are anticipating that car prices will skyrocket when the Competition Council gives the green light to...
  • Tesla Sets Aggressive Production Target
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has set an aggressive new target for production of the Model 3, and it will...
  • Nostalgic VW Golf Back on Road
    Volkswagen distributor in Iran, Mammut Khodro, is set to offer Golf GTI in the country in the coming months. The company already has Tiguan and Passat on sales in Iran. According to the latest...
  • An Uber self-driving vehicle
    On March 18, one of the cars in Uber’s self-driving vehicle pilot program hit and killed 49-year-old...
  • During the 11 months of the last fiscal which ended in March, IKCO recorded a 653,703-unit output.
    Iran Khodro is looking to expand its footprint in the new Iranian year which started in March by taking steps toward the optimization of the enterprise. According to local automotive websites and...
  • Tesla Cutting Corners on Safety
    A new report by RevealNews.org says electric vehicle maker Tesla failed to record workers’ serious...
  • The US put on the table 75% instead of 85% for the regional content value of the vehicle and its core components
    US trade negotiators have significantly softened their demands to increase regional automotive...  
  • Bus, Taxi Fare Rise Afoot
    Tehran Municipality submitted a bill to the city council on Wednesday, proposing a rise in bus and taxis fares. Mohammad Karroubi, secretary of Tehran City Council’s Transportation Commission, says...
  • auto parts have a 5.35% share in Iran’s total imports in terms of value.
    Import of auto parts stand at the top of the list of goods imported into the country according to data published by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration. During the year ending in...
  • A few hybrid models are currently imported into the country, including Toyota Prius.
    Hybrid car import tariffs have been reduced in Iran after a long, heated fracas between the private sector and the Ministry of Industries. The government introduced an amended version of import...
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Senegalese President Macky Sall, Dakar, Senegal, April 9
    After meeting with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said automotive ties between the two countries will be bolstered. Accompanied by an...
  • France has passed a new taxi law, which says only official taxis could use geolocation technology to show available cars.
    France is entitled to bring criminal proceedings against local managers of ride-hailing app Uber for...
  • Clunkers Fined $50m in Tehran Last Year
    Vehicles that fail to earn a technical inspection certificate and are used for commute can be fined in Iran. The total fines collected in Tehran over the matter amounted to 2.13 billion rials ($50....
  • Volkswagen to Replace CEO
    Volkswagen plans to replace CEO Matthias Mueller as the German automaker takes another step to...