Iran's Leading Carmaker Iran Khodro (IKCO) intends to use 1400cc EF4 engine on indigenous automobile codenamed "Runna" in a bid to expand its global market and improve Runna's emission standard to Euro V and Euro VI.
Iranian made auto Runna (file photo)
The Director of Power Train and Control Systems in NPD (New Products Development) Mehrdad Elyasi said, "EF4 is the third engine from EF national engine series that can be mounted on all B and C segment cars. Over 80 percent of the design process and simulation of the engine as well as 90 to 95 percent of all tests have been committed domestically by IPCO (IKCO Power train Co.), NPD experts and with available local facilities and capabilities."
"IKCO aims to manufacture five thousand Runnas in 2012 and the number will run up to 95,000 by 2015. The company will increase the number of cars in case of any further demand," he continued.
The engine maximum power reaches 71 kilowatts per hour (kWh) in 6000 rpm (revolutions per minute) and the maximum torque gets to 127 Nm in 3500 to 4500 rpm. This 16-valve engine also uses 6.5 liters of gas per 100 km.
EF4 is generally designed based on its sister EF7, while the pistons, rods, crank shaft, valve timing system and crankcase have been partially changed.
Other related systems including cooling system, air supply, exhaust emission, transmission and engine mounting have also received some levels of transformations to let the EF4 engine fit in Runna.
According to IKCO strategic plan, three engines of TU5, EF7 and EF4 are considered for Runna; however the one outfitted with TU5 will hit the market by this September.
Runna is regarded as IKCO second attempt to design and develop a car which will be mass produced in 2011. The company has also planned to produce Runna in some of its sites abroad.
Iran's state-owned automaker, Iran Khodro Industrial Group (IKCO) unveiled its second "self developed" car, "Runna" in April 2009.
Code-named X12, the Runna is smaller than the IKCO's Samand (X7), Iran's first domestic car, which was based on the Peugeot 405.
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