Tehran, July 21, IRNA-Iran's Saipa Automotive Group exports over dlrs 60 million of automobile and automobile spare-parts in the last Iranian year (ended March 20), equaling over 70 percent of total vehicle parts exports, the company reported.
It said that Saipa with exports of over 20,000 Pride and Saipa 141 models to Syria, Egypt ad Brazil in the last quarter has strengthened Iran's auomobile industry position in the international markets.
The company exports over 500 vehicles weekly with the first batch of affiliated 'Pars' company's 'P.K' models to Algeria.
The company has over 25 percent of Syrian car market and has exported 20,000 automobile to the country in the last two years, the report added.
Also, Europe's top selling car Renault Megane will hit the Iranian market later this year. Saipa has been in talks with the manufacturers on the final terms of the agreement.
The four-door sedan will be priced at below 200 million rials. The first batch, estimated at 20,000 units, will be manufactured before next March. After L-90, Megane is the second brand produced by Saipa.
Logans are Type B of the L-90 series of Renault automobiles which operate on 1.6-liter engines each with 16 valves and 107 horsepower.
In the initial stage, the company will produce 150,000 units. It is expected to gradually increase production up to 500,000 units in subsequent years.
Meanwhile Saipa Automotive Group in Iran has signed an agreement with Nottingham Trent University in central England to provide a wide range of management, technical and language programs over the next four years.
The contract between the university's Nottingham Business School and one of Iran's biggest motor manufacturers was said to be worth Pnds 1 million (Dlrs 1.8 m), Auto Industry website, maintained by the UK government's Trade and Industry Department, reported last month.
Deputy Director of Training for Saipa, Manouchehr Soltani, who was instrumental in the development of the relationship with the university, said the agreement was "a further step" towards the company's internationalization.
"We have put a lot of time and effort into preparing for these programs and look forward to a fruitful relationship with Nottingham Business School," Soltani was quoted saying.
The agreement includes an automotive Masters in Business Administration that will be delivered in Tehran at the SAIPA facilities, and a Doctor of Business Administration, to be undertaken by senior managers at the Nottingham Business School.
The Center for Automotive Industries Management, which is based at the Business School, will also provide Saipa managers and specialists with a range of focused professional and technical short courses.
In addition, language training is being offered at Nottingham.
The university boasts of having one of lowest rates of graduate unemployment of any British university, deriving its strength from close links with over 6,000 employers across the world.
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