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Iran Khodro to export 50% of output by 2016


Tehran, June 29, IRNA - Iran-Khodro Auto Manufacturing Company, the Middle East's largest automaker, has decided to export 50 percent of its total products by 2016.

Addressing sales managers of Iran Khodro Industrial Group, the managing director of the company stated that the meeting aimed to increase the volume of exports and profitability.

Given that Iran Khodro plays a key role in CNG-powered engine production and design across the globe, Manouchehr Manteqi noted that Iran Khodro has decided to export more CNG-powered engines mainly to Muslim countries.

"Some dlrs 60 million worth of cars have been exported in 2007," he said, adding that the figure would increase to dlrs 200 million in 2010.

Also addressing the audience, Russian Ambassador to Tehran Alexander Sadovnikov referred to the export of national Iranian automobile Samand to Russia.

Sadovnikov put the volume of Tehran-Moscow transactions at dlrs 3.2 billion in 2007.

"Iran Khodro has sold 10,000 Samand vehicles in Russia since March 2006," the Russian ambassador added.

Sadovnikov stated that Samand has gained popularity among Russians due to the excellent after-sales services which includes a three-year warranty offered by Iran Khodro, he added.

Meanwhile, Iran Khodro Industrial Group's sales manager in Turkey said that Samand EL car would hit the Turkish market in the upcoming May.

Shakor Sesker added Iran Khodro appeared on the Turkish market with Samand LX sedan in the previous year that was highly welcomed by the neighboring state.

"Up to now, Iran Khodro has sold 1,600 vehicles in Turkey," said the official, adding the figure is beyond the predicted target.

According to the sales manager, Samand EL, due to the Turkish market's need and the car's lower price in comparison with that of Samand LX, will be sold easily.

Iran Khodro has 21 sale offices in Turkey and it plans to increase its offices to 50.

According to the Turkish daily Zaman website, Iran Khodro Company's product, Samand, has been widely welcomed by people in different cities of Turkey.

The report added that Samand, thanks to its reasonable price, is economical for the Turkish people.

Iran Khodro exports the country's first national vehicle, Samand, to a number of countries, including Syria, Tajikistan and Turkey.

The company has manufactured 2,800,000 vehicles in the past six years.

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