Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA-An official of Iran's biggest automobile manufacturing company, Iran Khodro, said on Monday that 200 automobiles of the Samand brand have already been exported to Russia since the start of 2006.
Iran Khodro Deputy Director for Exports and International Affairs Alireza Mirzaie told IRNA that the first batch of Samands were exported after the company received the necessary license from the Russian Standards Institute.
He said that the exports, given the fact that the Russian Federation is a competitive market for vehicles in the world, shows that "Samand has captured a share of the market in the country." He said that the export license granted to the company by the Russian Standards Institute is a laudable achievement for the Iranian vehicle industry.
"Exports of cars to Russia are expected to top 3,000 in the current year." Samand cars designed to suit the Russian climate and requirements of Russian customers are known as "North Samands," he added.
Mirzaie said the company's exports stood at USD 115 million in the first eight months of the current Iranian year (started March 21).
He said that the figure includes vehicles, parts, technical and engineering services exports.
He said that car exports this year have been unprecedented in the company's history.
"These exports will top USD 200 million by the end of the year," he believes.
He also assured that cars manufactured by Iran Khodro have a better quality than those of its domestic competitors.
"The company has major plans to catapult all previous records of sales in international markets by 2010." Mirzaie, morover, said that the company exported over USD 10 million of car parts last year, adding that the figure is expected to double in the current year.
"The management has plans to make its products even more competitive taking into account the tough and volatile international markets." He said products of the company have an edge over those of competitors in regional markets because of their technical advantages which ought to be exploited.
Mirzaie also pointed to the changing domestic laws and regulations, bureaucratic red tape and non-membership in regional trading blocks as factors that hinder the company from reaching its maximum export capacity.
Furthermore, he said, various customs tariffs and fees levied on domestic automobile companies hamper its ability to compete favorably in world markets.
He said the company's objective is to export 10 percent of its annual production within the next four years.
For that purpose, he said the company has entered into joint ventures with reputable international automobile manufacturing companies.
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