TEHRAN, May. 25 (ISNA)-According to the released report by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) Iran through manufacturing 817 thousand vehicles in 2006 stood 19th in the world motor vehicle manufacturers' list.
Iran has also shown a double growth in its motor vehicle export statistics, through achieving a figure of 38 thousand in 2006.
Also after a 6.3% increase in domestic production volume, Japan overtook the U.S. in 2006 to become the world's largest vehicle-manufacturing country for the first time, with a total of 11.43m vehicles of all classes produced domestically, against the U.S.'s 11.26m. The U.S. vehicle production showed a 5.7% decline last year.
U.S. figures include the output of 'transplant' factories established by Japanese manufacturers, which, with Korean and European manufacturers including Hyundai, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, account for about one-third of total U.S. production, with more planned to come. China was the world's third-biggest vehicle producer last year with 6.75m units, ahead of Germany (5.8m), France (3.17m) and Spain (2.75m). Manufacturers in the UK produced 1.65 million vehicles in 2006, after a year-on-year decline of 8.6% or 154,721 units.
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