• SAIPA Debuts Homegrown  Sedan at Shiraz Auto Show

    While SAIPA’s French partner Citroen has suspended its collaborations with the Iranian company, the local carmaker striving not to get marooned in the past has introduced a brand new model along with a homegrown automotive platform which can usher in a new era for SAIPA.
    In the face of the upcoming US sanctions and in line with the country’s agenda to reduce dependency on foreign products, the major Iranian carmaker SAIPA earlier this week unveiled its first locally designed vehicle during the Shiraz Auto Show, one of the major automotive events in the country.   
    The vehicle, a sedan model, is dubbed “Roham” and was first put on public display on July 18 in Shiraz at the four-day event which opened on July 17, as local carmakers and car enthusiasts gathered to showcase latest achievements.


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

  • 110 Optional Parts for Peugeot 2008 Offered in Iran
    Iran Khodro’s Tuning Division is set to offer enhanced versions of the locally manufactured Peugeot 2008. 
  • Landmark German Ruling Allows Ban on Diesel Cars
    German cities are able to ban the most polluting diesel cars after a landmark court ruling, allowing them to decide the extent to which any curbs should be implemented if at all.
  • The forex volatility has drawn money away from the auto market.
    While carmakers and auto dealers expected a surge in demand during the closing days of the current Iranian year (ending March 20), the head of Tehran Auto Dealers Association said car sales have...
  • IKCO hopes to expand its presence in Iraq by offering a wider range of products.
    Iran’s largest automaker, Iran Khodro, is set to expand its presence in the Iraqi market by exporting vehicles equipped with automatic transmission. According to IKCO Press, in the first phase,...
  • Iran Khodro Exporting Dena+ to Senegal
    In an attempt to win a place in the international market, Iran Khodro has exported its first shipment of Dena+ cars to Senegal. IKCO’s locally designed LPG hybrid Dena+ sedan is to be used by the...
  • Li Shufu, Geely’s founder and main owner, revealed on Friday he had bought  a 9.7% stake in Daimler.
    Germany will investigate whether to tighten the rules that govern when an investor needs to disclose a holding in a company after news that China’s Geely purchased a $9 billion stake in Daimler...
  • Major ride-hailing services in Iran are Snapp, Tap30 and Carpino.
    Leaving out major players like Snapp, Tap30 and Carpino, there are over two dozen ride-hailing services in Iran with observers saying that the market is reaching saturation point. According to the...
  • Iran Judiciary Claims Gov’t Oblivious to CAJ Order
    While a deputy minister of industries says the government’s latest auto import directive stands, the judiciary’s deputy for crime prevention claimed Monday that the government’s noncompliance with...
  • Borgward BX7 Goes on Sale in Iran
    Kian Motor Varna has started the sale of crossover Borgward BX7 in Iran. The vehicle is priced at 2,799 billion rials ($62,200). No installment plans are available. According to Kian Motor website...
  • Geely chief Li Shufu is Daimler’s biggest shareholder.
    Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd’s shares jumped on Monday after its chairman Li Shufu revealed he had built a $9 billion stake in Daimler AG, gaining leverage as he tries to convince the German...
  • Trapped by Thousands of Old Clunkers Tehran Traffic Problems Persist
    The workgroup to help reduce Tehran’s air pollution met at the weekend and came up with some unsettling numbers. For instance, it said 2,529 old and dilapidated cars built three decades ago ply the...
  • VW to Build Convertible Crossover
    Volkswagen has announced plans to introduce a new convertible model based on its recently revealed T-Roc crossover in 2020.  The company plans to invest over $98 million to build what could...
  • Nissan to Test Self-Driving Taxis
    Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous vehicle services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber and other technology firms. While...
  • Customs duty for hybrids has been increased from 5% to 15-65%.
    Two legislators, Asadollah Qarekhani and Vali Maleki, have censured the government’s automotive policies, hammering the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade for policies that have disrupted...
  • Pars Khodro Breaks Record in Online Presales
    Pars Khodro presold 7,500 Renault Sandero Stepway within 2.5 hours through its website this week, setting a new record in online auto presales. The company on its website says it had a remarkably...
  • SAIPA Mulling Options to Replace Pride
    Reports from the SAIPA Group show that the second major local carmaker is mulling over alternatives to the production of Pride, the company’s cheapest model which is manufactured in Iran for almost...
  • Currently, Renault Sandero is produced in Iran by local carmakers.
    Carmaker SAIPA has ultimately transferred ownership of its Bonro production plant in Saveh, 100km southwest of Tehran, to Renault, head of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of...
  • The new system alerts the police and the firms if the applicant was ever arrested, even if not convicted of a crime.
    The recruitment process of taxi  app companies is undergoing change as job applicants are now assessed by the police. According to news website Digiato, the police have established an online...
  • The government has required car importers to pay the higher tariffs announced in January.
    The government has finally allowed the clearance of imported cars rotting in the customs. It issued a long-awaited directive outlining conditions under which the cars can be released and says the...
  • Lexus’ New Crossover to Break Cover  in March
    Lexus will pull the covers off of the production version of its UX small crossover, a compact SUV designed to take on the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, during the Geneva auto show...
  • Iran Khodro, SAIPA at Baghdad Expo
    Two major automakers Iran Khodro and SAIPA displayed their products at a special Iranian trade...
  • Iran Khodro Unveils Hybrid Electric Vehicle
    Iran Khodro unveiled a plug-in hybrid electric version of its Dena+ sedan over the weekend.
  • PSA Confident Iran Market Will Deliver
    While banking hurdles and a volatile forex market have hindered PSA Group’s operations in Iran, the...
  • BMW’s X4 Moving to New Architecture
    The BMW X4 will receive two new, more powerful engines when the redesigned compact...
  • The total value of fares grew to $11 billion in the quarter.
    Uber Technologies Inc. had a painful 2017, but the business managed to grow. Adjusted net revenue...