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Iran's car exports up 2.6 fold

Tehran, Nov 1, IRNA -- Car exports increased 2.6-fold in terms of value during the first six months of the current Iranian year 1383 (started March 20, 2004) to reach 35.6 million dollars, the English-language 'Iran Daily' wrote on Monday.

According to the daily, a total of 86.6 million dollars worth of cars and auto parts were exported from the country during the said period, the figure showing an increase of 110 percent compared to the corresponding figure in the same period last year.

Exports of heavy vehicles also earned the country some 26 million dollars during the period including exports of 4,296 tons of tires and tubes valued at 5.4 million dollars.

Tire exports were up 40 percent in terms of value during the March-September period.

The Iranian auto-manufacturing group Saipa exported 4,300 cars in the first seven months of the year, this figure showing a 170 percent increase compared with the corresponding figure in the previous year.

The company topped the list of top Iranian car exporters with its earnings of about 21 million dollars, showing an increase of 175 percent compared with earnings in the same period of the previous year.

Syria was the main customer of Saipa products with about 12,000 Pride cars plying on that country's streets.

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Armenia were other Saipa customers.

The Iranian car manufacturing group exported 1,432 and 4,219 sedans in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

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