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Iran's Tondar automobile to be produced with most parts built domestically

TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (Mehr News Agency) - Delay in the production of the Iranian version of Logan (L90) called Tondar is due to improvements made to the contract earlier concluded between France's Renault and Iran's Pars Khodro Co., noted Mehdi Mofidi, chairman of Iran's Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO).

"This is the first time we begin to manufacture an automobile with 65 percent of its components made in Iran," he said referring to the building in Iran of the budget sedans L90 or Tondar (meaning thunder), he stated.

High potentials of Iran's auto part producers have entitled them the right to produce majority of the parts for the car, he announced. He added that based on earlier agreements with the parent company, Iran has undertaken to as of 2008, produce parts of the engines and gearboxes for the cars to be later built by Renault in other parts of the world.

Production of the car earlier scheduled to begin in April 2006 was postponed to November this year, however meeting tight standards set by Renault has once again delayed it, he explained. Meanwhile, an official with Renault Pars Co., the car producer, said that the company has concluded an agreement with an Iranian firm, MegaMotor Co. to domestically build the engines for the no-frills sedans.

Iran's major auto producers Pars Khodro and Iran Khodro are planning to build 180,000 Tondars in the next year, Mofidi stated. The cars will enter the market with the 1600 cc L90 engine and a 2000 cc options.

Iran is also planning to import the latest model of the budget car, the first batch of sedans are expected to hit Iran's streets in late February, this year.

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