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Iran's national car Samand meets tough European standards: official

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA -- An official said in Tehran on Saturday that tests carried out on the National car 'Samand' is comparable in durability with the current European standards.

Head of Iran's car manufacturing giant 'Iran-Khodro' Industrial Group Consumer Satisfaction Division Hossein Khosroshahi said tests were done by Britain's 'MIRA' company in which the car passed with flying colors in durability criteria, "notably in negotiating sharp turns."

Other ties which were up to European standards were in Crash tests which indicates a good safety car.

Samand is the first Iranian-manufactured car which possess all intellectual patents and ownership rights and was first designed in 1997-98 and started mass production in 2001-02, Khosroshahi said. He added all products of Iran's major car manufacturing company, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, will meet global standards in next two years.

Every four months quality of the company's products are promoted and it has launched special programs since March this year in cooperation with Peugeot company to upgrade the quality of its vehicles, the official said.

He said "Self-Control" is a method tentatively adopted by the company to raise the quality of its products, including Peugeot 206 and Samand cars.

He added that the Self-Control method has been adopted from French Peugeot company and is one of the most latest methods making workers and directors accountable for the quality of the final product.

In related news Iran Khodro is in talks with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to obtain the credit to finance the launching of production line for Samand cars in Syria.

Based on a contract signed between Iran Khodro and Syrian companies in August, a manufacturing plant will be inaugurated near Damascus in the second half of 2005.

Public Relations Department at Iran Khodro quoted Deputy Head of Iran Khodro for Exports and International Affairs Abdulrahman Qalambor as saying that IDB has agreed to pay a loan of 240 million euros for Iran Khodro's development projects.

He said the first tranche of the loan, i.e. 50 million euros, was paid out by the Bank in 2003 for purchase of parts and raw materials. He added that 60 million euros, which was recently received as the second tranche, is to be spent on Iran Khodro's development projects.

Qalambor said the Iranian company would repay the loan in the next one to seven years.

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