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Old June 1st, 2006, 02:10 AM   #101
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Well from what I know from my experiance in the automotive industry (I used to work for the now disolved MG Rover lmao)... For the first few years of production I think itl be mostly for the domestic Iranian market, Merc usually keeps things small when they start out new ventures like this. They also like to cap numbers of vehicles that they produce and distribute so their cars dont become a very common site. If the Iran market is successfull and Top Khodro produce to a satisfactory quality Mer will start exporting Iran made Mercedes into the ME and potentially Southeast Asia, South Asia etc.

Yes they will be cheaper than the German built Mercedes, quality will be similar but the vehicles will get less taxed, also labour is cheaper in Iran than in Germany
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Old June 1st, 2006, 02:59 AM   #102
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Mercedes-Benz Sedans Head to Iran

Date posted: 03-04-2005

TEHRAN, Iran — DaimlerChrysler has signed an agreement with state-owned Iran Khodro Diesel to assemble E-Class sedans in the Islamic republic, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.

The agency said Iran Khodro will establish a new company, Top Khodro, to assemble E200, E250 and E350 models under the supervision of Mercedes-Benz. An initial production run of about 2,500 cars is planned, beginning this year, with annual output growing eventually to 5,000.

The Mercedes-Benz cars, which will use virtually no local content, are subject to heavy tariffs, and will be priced from 800 million to 1.3 billion rials ($73,000 to $146,000), according to the news report.

Iran Khodro previously has built Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses under license. This is the first time Mercedes passenger models will be assembled in Iran. Current regulations allow foreign carmakers to enter the market only through minority shareholdings in joint ventures with Iranian companies.

The car-assembly venture reportedly had been held up because of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

SOURCE: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=104894

OUCH! Disregard my above comment! thats very expensive! Altho it could b bogus, its just an estimate.... I would have guessed about 60-70mil Toman for the E350, not 80mil!

Well a lot of Iranians are rich, im sure these will be all over the place in no time
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Old June 1st, 2006, 08:25 AM   #103
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Yes they will be cheaper than the German built Mercedes, quality will be similar but the vehicles will get less taxed, also labour is cheaper in Iran than in Germany
how hard would it be to import any of these cars to the middle east???
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Old June 1st, 2006, 01:48 PM   #104
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shuruye sakhte mercedes benz dar iran
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Old June 1st, 2006, 02:02 PM   #105
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Nice pics
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Old June 1st, 2006, 02:10 PM   #106
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Woooooooow , that's just ****** awesome !
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Old June 1st, 2006, 02:43 PM   #107
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those are very nice pics you have there persian_cat. now its only time till every paykan is swapped with an E-classe mercedes
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Old June 1st, 2006, 05:13 PM   #108
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I prefere s classe :P
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Old June 15th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #109
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Some interesting news I've found

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Iran; Volvo Second World Sale Market

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TEHRAN, June 14 (ISNA)-Swedish car manufacturer, Volvo in its latest report has announced that Iran after North America is this company's second truck sale market.

According to the released report, this company annually manufactures approximately 200 thousand vehicles, which of last year 20 thousand were allocated to North America and 10 thousand and 900 to Iran. U.K. after Iran with 5 thousand and 800 vehicles stood third in this list.

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SOURCE: http://www.isna.ir/main/NewsView.asp...-735445&Lang=E
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Old June 15th, 2006, 10:43 PM   #110
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Iran; Volvo Second World Sale Market
How? Does Iran has some kind of arrangement with Volvo for extra cheap trucks?
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Old June 15th, 2006, 10:45 PM   #111
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why do they have to be cheap? lots of freight companies in Iran. They obviously want to pay out for the Swedish quality
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Old June 18th, 2006, 03:48 PM   #112
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Dual-Fuel Car Contract Signed


The contract will be implemented in four years at a cost of about $1.3 billion. (IRNA File Photo)

TEHRAN, June 17--A contract for equipping 1.5 million cars with dual-fuel systems and building 850 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations was signed on Saturday by Fuel Optimization Organization and Defense Industries Organization.
Public Relations Department of the Oil Ministry reported that the contract was signed by the managing director of Fuel Optimization Organization, Sourena Sattari, and managing director of Defense Industries Organization, Farahi, in the presence of deputy oil minister for engineering and technology affairs.
The contract will be implemented in four years at a cost of about $1.3 billion.
According to the same contract, a new factory for manufacturing fuel tanks as well as a plant for equipping cars with dual-fuel systems will also be constructed.

Source: Iran Daily
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Old June 18th, 2006, 03:55 PM   #113
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Venezuelan Samand on the Way

TEHRAN, June 16--Iran is planning to construct a giant car assembly plant in Venezuela to manufacture the Samand.
Mohsen Shaterzadeh, deputy industries and mines minister for economic and international affairs, told Fars news agency that the two sides have finalized the agreement on the construction of the Samand plant in Venezuela, adding that the location of the plant has also been decided.
“The main Samand production contracts have been signed between Tehran and Caracas,“ he said, adding that once the relevant financial deals are concluded in the near future, Iran will start supplying cars under SKD (semi knockdown) and then CKD (complete knockdown) forms.
He said the Iranian party will have a 51-percent stake in the giant project.
The Middle East’s largest carmaker Iran Khodro is planning to expand the international market for the Samand by setting up assembly lines in the four corners of the globe.
It announced earlier this month that the Samand assembly line will be launched in Minsk in the near future. Iran Khodro also officially opened the Samand assembly line in Azerbaijan Republic on May 31.
It was announced that the national car will also be produced in the former Soviet republics of Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and some East European states.

Source: Iran Daily
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Old June 18th, 2006, 05:18 PM   #114
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Good News!... The duel fuel EPG is good for enviroment .. well better than petrol burning anyways

IKCO is expanding into South America? Or are they going to move production to Venezuela?? Probably the latter... I expect to see Samand on the street of the UK some day
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Old June 20th, 2006, 08:55 PM   #115
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Renault experts to visit Iran soon
TEHRAN, June 20 (MNA) -- A delegation of French auto experts is expected to visit Iran soon to inspect the joint assembly line for Megan 1600 and 1800 and to deliberate on finding export markets for domestically produced models as foreseen in Renault’s 2007 plans.

In the meantime, the acting director of Renault left France for Iran on Tuesday to pay a visit to Pars Khodro Company, an affiliate of Renault Pars.

Renault Pars has agreed to establish four dealerships in Tehran and five others in Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Isfahan, and Rasht in the initial phase of Megan sales while eight more will be set up in eight other designated townships when the second stage kicks off.

In the first juncture, 3,000 passenger cars will be offered to the market in the CBU (completely built unit) form and thereafter the local production will increase to 20,000 within three years.

Megan comes with two years warranty on engine, known as L90, and the body and paint receive 12 years.

The projected price for the 1600 is 180-190 million rials ($20,000) and the 1800 is estimated to range from 260 to 270 million rials ($30,000).

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SOURCE: http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetai...?NewsID=342450
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Old June 20th, 2006, 08:58 PM   #116
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Iran Khodro to produce 2,000 Suzuki Grand Vitara by March
TEHRAN, June 20 (MNA) -– Iran’s major auto producer Iran Khodro Industrial Group (IKCO) is planning to domestically manufacture the Suzuki Grand Vitara in the current Iranian year ending March 20.

“For the time being, we are planning to manufacture in Iran 2,000 units of Suzuki Grand Vitara and increase its production to 6,000 per annum,” noted here on Tuesday, Ahmad Haji Khalili. However, he added, “our final goal is annually producing 10,000 units of the SUVs (Sport Utility vehicles).”

In the beginning, the cars will be built in the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) form but, given the negotiations with Suzuki, provisions have been made for the production of some of the parts inside Iran, the chief executive officer of Iran Khodro’s SUV project said.

Upon introduction, the passenger car is equipped with a 2-liter, 140-horsepower engine that uses 9.1 liters of gas per 100 kilometers on the city and highway combined. The automatic transmission with overdrive, instrument panel, front air bag and ABS and EBD brake systems are standard, he explained.

The modifications made on the Iranian version of the Suzuki Grand Vitara have made it compatible with the nation’s climatic conditions, he further explained.

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SOURCE: http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetai...?NewsID=342423

Origionally they were going to contruct Vitaras with a V6 engine... maybe they will later, 2.0l is slightly underpowered. Iran is a nation of under powered vehicles imo... and when they say 'Iran's climatic situation' I think they should change that to Tehran's climatic situation
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Old June 20th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #117
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good news shugs. nice to see that the variety of car choice is expanding.

i have one question though.. why is it again that the government taxes imported cars heavily?
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Old June 20th, 2006, 09:31 PM   #118
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Well many reasons I guess.

For many years there were very high tarifs on imported vehicles generally coming in from the UAE think this was diplomatic reasons. Also there were sanctions on Iran for a long time.

About 2 years ago the Iranian government freed up the import of vehicles from abroad... now you find import companies in Tehran bringing in Mercedes, BMW and even Hummers! The tarrif has dropped significantly altho its still pretty high... But if you can afford a top end Mercedes you'd pay the extra tax. The reason for this is simply economic. If every Iranian can afford to buy an imported car then the domestically manufactured vehicles would have a smaller market... eventually get to the point that they will have to downsize making workers redundant etc.. just look at MG Rover lol.

They have gone with a very good strategy of opting to manufacture cars domestically instead of importing, unlike nations for example the UAE, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. Attracting companies like Renault, Puegeot, Mercedes... helps the economy, creates jobs and will improve Irans name in the manufacturing world.

err, hope that answered your question lol
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Old June 20th, 2006, 09:33 PM   #119
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Chinese, Canadian companies to build auto plant in Mazandaran
TEHRAN, June 20 (MNA) -- Chinese and Canadian companies will jointly build an auto-manufacturing factory in Mazandaran Province, the province’s deputy governor-general for planning announced on Tuesday.

Zoning of the factory is currently underway, Valiyollah Farzaneh told the Mehr News Agency correspondent in the provincial capital Sari.

He said that the cars produced by the factory would be sold at a price of 4500 to 4800 U.S. dollars.

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SOURCE: http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetai...?NewsID=342396

GOOO MAZANDARAN! :P
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Old June 20th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #120
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err, hope that answered your question lol
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