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491,000 vehicles produced in Iran since March: report

Tehran, Oct 31, IRNA -- The public relations department of the Industry and Mines Ministry said here Sunday that over 491,000 vehicles have been manufactured since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started March 20.)

The figure is 17 percent higher than that in the same period last year, it added.

Also, production toped 86,882 vehicles in the most of the Iranian month of Mehr (September 22-October 21 ) which is 22 percent higher than in the same period last year.

Of the figure 426,798 were automobiles and the rest were buses, mini-buses, trucks and vans.

Saipa's Pride models ranked first in number of cars produced with a total number of 131,488 followed by 'Paykan' with 84,715, and 'Peugeot 405' with 49,590.

It is predicted in the current Iranian year over 900,000 vehicles will be produced in the country needing close to rls 60,000 billion in capital, the report added.

For the country as a whole, automobiles valued at dlrs 150 million were exported last year, mostly to Central Asian states, and Arab countries.

Implementing provisions to increase quality of produced vehicles and better after-sale services are the sector's objective for the current year.

Meanwhile, Iran produced over 187,135 light and heavy vehicles in the first quarter of this Year, Industry and Mines Ministry's public relations department said in September.

"Of the figure 165,000 are automobiles with the rest consisting of heavy and semi-heavy trucks."

Also the number of automobiles manufactured were 52,500 'Pride' models, followed by 'Paykan' with 31,100 cars and 'Peugeot-405 injection' with 19,500 cars.

In the same period 15,890 vans, 169 mini-buses, 971 buses and 5,171 trucks were also manufactured in the country, the ministry reported.

In the current year three models of Mercedes-Benz are scheduled to roll-off the production line. The country's car exports are slated to top dlrs 350 million next year.

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