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Iran's Saipa Diesel to introduce Chinese Foton truck next year

TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - In a bid to compete with Isuzu trucks built at Bahman Group, Saipa Diesel Co. is going to kick off the production of Chinese Foton in the first half of next Iranian year (to start March 21, 2007), ISNA reported on Wednesday.

Euro II standards, 108-HP engine and fuel economy of 13 liters per 100 km, are the key features of this 160 million-rial light lorry in a fight for market share with the 250 million-rial Japanese. More so, Saipa plans to offer Chinese version of Nissan diesel trucks, made by Dong Feng of China, next year.

The version assembled in Iran, is a 6x4 in Volvo FH class and enjoys a 12-speed gearbox at 375 HP. A price tag of 600 million rials (roughly $66,000) is expected.

Iran's domestic truck manufacturers have been experiencing a slump in recent months and see inexpensive Chinese trucks as the main way out of the 'crisis'.

Nevertheless, the experts are on the say that low quality of Chinese wheels may further weaken the nation's transportation fleet.

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