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Samand Assembly Line to be Inaugurated in China

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The assembly line for manufacturing the popular Iran-made 'Samand' automobiles will be officially inaugurated in China in the presence of the Iranian Minister of Industries and Mines, a ministry official said.

Managing director of the Industries and Mines Ministry's International Relations Department Qader Soleymani told FNA's economic desk here on Wednesday that the factory is already operative in China.

Asked why products of Samand-manufacturing company in China have not yet been introduced to the market, he assured that there is no specific reason at work and added, "Official operation of the factory is just awaiting an inauguration ceremony in the presence of the Iranian Ministry of Industries and Mines."

'Samand' trade name is now registered at the World Intellectual Property Rights Organization (WIPO).

Irankhodro group, the Iranian car manufacturer and owner of Samand, is the first Iranian company whose product is registered at the WIPO.

The state will ensure against the fraudulent use of the name, industrial design, and copying of the product manufactured by the company worldwide.

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Syria are among the many world countries which either have asked for or are already assembling this popular Middle-Class automobile.

Meanwhile, The Director for Asia and Pacific region of Iran-Khodro said here last month that Bangladesh and Pakistan have ordered over 5,000 gas-powered Samand models with right-hand steering-wheels.

He also reckoned that given the financial capability of South Asian markets and competitive advantage that Iran enjoys, the company can gain a foothold in these markets in a relatively short period of time.

"Iran-Khodro can with a cohesive and detailed planning gain a share of the market."

The company has other automobile production ventures with foreign countries and companies in a bid to market share for increase exports to regional markets.

Meantime, a new model of Samand, Iran's first passenger car achieving Euro III emission standard, rolled off the assembly line just late last month.

Aside from reducing its exhaust gas pollutants, the fuel consumption of the sedan has also been cut, noted on Thursday an official with Iran's major auto producer, Iran Khodro Co. (IKCO).

As a result of the modifications made to the new models of Samand, particularly its Engine Management System (EMS), the engine performance has been significantly enhanced.

Better drive ability, knock reduction and improvement in the engine's power output are cited as other changes made to the earlier model, he added.

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