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Iran manufactures 320,000 vehicles in five months

Tehran, Sept 4, IRNA -- Ministry of Industry and Mines' Office for Automobile Production and Engines said in Tehran on Saturday that over 320,000 vehicles were manufactured in the first five month of the current Iranian year (started March 21).

The ministry's Public Relations Department said the number is about 19 percent above the level recorded in the same period last year.

Of this figure, 275,400 vehicles were automobiles while buses, minibuses, trucks and vans made up the remainder.

Also, in the month of Mordad (July 22-August 23), vehicle production toped 59,000 units registering a 19 percent growth over the same period last year.

An official said here last month that Iran's auto industry is not concerned over imports of foreign-made automobiles.

Speaking at shareholders general assembly of the automobile giant 'Iran-Khodro', Head of state-owned Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) Reza Veiseh said the progress made in vehicle manufacturing in the country is the result of prudent planning, and relentless efforts expended by management and experts in the sector.

He said the industry has now reached the desired maturity and has gained competitiveness through marketing varied and new products.

Veiseh highlighted competitiveness of the industry as a vital factor leading to improved power for the sector.

Competitiveness is garnered by manufacturing quality cars, abiding by international standards, affordable prices as well as through incorporating varied consumer tastes.

He said domestic car manufacturing companies are treading the path to materializing such goals.

Iran has resumed automobile imports after a 10-year hiatus.

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