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Georgia, Iraq interested in importing vehicles from Iran

Georgia is ready to cooperate with 'Saipa' automobile manufacturing company, Georgian deputy prime minister said in Tehran on Sunday following a visit to the plant's assembly line, IRNA reported.

Company's public relations department reported that Yori Chikhradzeh added "my country is prepared to purchase 'Pride' Models from the company to modernize its aging taxi fleet."

He also called for setting up after an after-sale service center a showroom in Tbilisi and to initiate a workers-training program for Georgian workers employed by companies working with Saipa.

Also, Iraqi Road and Transportation minister, also touring the plant, said that companies' 'Volvo' vans are suitable for Iraqi terrain.

Behnam Zayya Polis said Iraq is ready to set up a joint transportation company with Saipa, and added Iraq is also interested to purchase luxury cars including Xantia, Maxima and Ronize for transporting Iraqi officials.

Saipa Managing Director Ahmad Qalebanis said many regional countries including Syria imports company's models. He expressed readiness to export cars to Georgia and Iraq.

He said Saipa with annual production of over 7,000 heavy and mini-trucks has enjoyed 100 percent increase in its production volume and can satisfy Iraq's vehicle demand.

Iran has been striving to boost auto and auto-parts exports. Industry figures indicate that the country's exports of cars and auto parts over a period of six months starting on March 21 stood at over dlrs 136 million indicating an increase of 65 percent compared to the similar period last year.

The auto giant SAPCO ranked first in export of cars among Iranian car producers by exporting dlrs 10.631 million worth of vehicles over the period, adding that SAPCO's exports registered an increase of 109 percent compared to the last year.

SAPCO was followed by Saipa as the second leading Iranian exporter of cars over the six-month period, adding that Saipa's exports had reached as high as dlrs 1.451 million registering a rise of 18 percent.

Reported that the auto giant Iran Khodro exported only dlrs 1.288 millions worth of cars and auto parts over the period.

Auto exports of Kerman Motors over a period of seven months ending on October 22 was over dlrs one million, indicating a growth of 34 percent.

The export of Iran's private auto parts producer Zarrin Khodro stood at 715,000 dollars, this indicated an increase of 100 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

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