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Iran January 2014: Saipa Tiba hits record volume, market down just 4%

February 7th, 2014 1 comment

Saipa Tiba Iran January 2014Production record this month for the Saipa Tiba.

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January 2014 roughly corresponds roughly to Dey, the 10th month in the year 1392 of the Persian calendar. As usual for Iran we only have access to production figures, however given imports are very limited this gives a pretty accurate picture of the state of the Iranian new car market. After being back into positive last month, car production in Iran over the period is down year-on-year anew in Dey, albeit by just 4% to 62,508 units. No surprises on top: the Saipa Pride still reigns supreme with 19,202 units, down 17% year-on-year, followed by the Peugeot Pars (+48%), Iran Khodro Samand (-30%), Peugeot 405 (-2%) and the Peugeot 206 resurrected at +343% year-on-year. The hero of the month is the Saipa Tiba breaking its monthly volume record at 4,821 units in 6th position, up 52% year-on-year. Finally, notice the Lifan X60 (#9) and 620 (#12) holding well while the Iran Khodro Dena is up to 9 units produced vs. 6 last month…

Previous month: Iran December 2013: Peugeot 206 back in Top 5, IKCO Dena lands

One year ago: Iran January 2013: Iran Khodro Samand resists

Full Dey 1392/January 2014 Top 20 models Ranking Table below. Read more…

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Iran December 2013: Peugeot 206 back in Top5, IKCO Dena lands, Production back in positive

January 12th, 2014 No comments

Iran Khodro Dena Iran December 2013. Picture courtesy of tuningtalk.comIran Khodro Dena

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December 2013 roughly corresponds roughly to the month of Azar in the year 1392 of the Persian calendar, and for this reason there won’t be any Full Year Report yet for Iran as the end of the Persian year occurs in March. Car production in Iran over the period is back into positive over the period, up 8% year-on-year to 65,603 with the year-to-date total now standing at 426,674 units after 9 months, down 26% on 1391. The Saipa Pride remains the most produced model in the country at 19,732 units (+2% year-on-year), followed by the Peugeot Pars at 12,566 units, up a splendid 62% year-on-year. Adding the production figure of the Peugeot 405 we arrive at 19,254 units, just below the Pride.

Peugeot 206 Iran December 2013Iranian Peugeot 206

The Iran Khodro Samand remains in third place with 8,010 units produced this month, down 16% year-on-year but up 42% on last month. We welcome back the Peugeot 206 among the 5 most produced vehicles in Iran this month for the first time since Peugeot initially shut down its operation in the country last year following its now loosened partnership with General Motors. It is produced at 4,280 units, up 53% on November. The Lifan X60 resists in 8th place with 1,607 units, the JAC J5 up 8 spots to #13 and the Iran Khodro Dena appearing in the ranking with 6 units produced over the period.

Previous month: Iran November 2013: Peugeot 406 new best-seller?

One year ago: Iran November 2012: Renault Tondar 90 and Lifan 620 shine

Full December 2013 / Azar 1392 Top 22 Production Ranking Table below. Read more…

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Iran November 2013: Peugeot 405 new best-seller?

December 13th, 2013 8 comments

Peugeot Pars Iran Aban 1392Peugeot Pars

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As is the tradition on BSCB, I can share with you local Iranian production figures as sales data remains unavailable. For now this is a pretty accurate picture of what cars are the most popular in the country as imports are limited, however this situation may change if and when economic sanctions against Iran relax. November 2013 is roughly equivalent to Aban, the 8th month of the year 1392 in the Persian calendar. After gaining 20% year-on-year in September and dropping by 5% last month, Iranian production is back into recession at -16% in November to 50,689 units, bringing the year-to-date total after 8 months to 361,097 units, down 30% on the Persian year 1391 which was already down 46% on 1390.

 

Lifan X60 Iran November 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruLifan X60

Plus we may also be witnessing a historical change of lead in the models ranking… This month ‘eternal’ leader the Saipa Pride is produced at 15,389 units, down 32% year-on-year, while the Peugeot Pars, illustrating the return back in grace of Peugeot in the country, is up 111% to 11,145 units, its third consecutive month above 10,000 units whereas this had not happened in the last 3 years… The Peugeot 405 for its part is up 11% to 5,608 sales. Now when we take into account the Pars is only a slightly modified version of the 405, it is fair to say that the Peugeot 405 “family” has been produced at 16,753 units and is therefore the most popular model in the country for the first time in years.

JAC J3 Iran November 2013JAC J3

In the meantime, more and more Chinese models are populating the ranking: the Lifan X60 which made its very first appearance in the Iranian ranking at #10 last month is up a further two spots to #8 and 1,022 units, followed by the Lifan 620 also up 2 to #9 and 646, while the Gonow Aoseed G5 is up one to #19. We welcome the JAC J3 at #15 with 61 units and the J5 at #20 with 4. Finally, Renault has all but stopped its operations in Iran, with the Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) down 93% to #15.

Previous month: Iran October 2013: Lifan X60 lands in Top 10, Gonow G5 arrives

One year ago: Iran November 2012: Renault Tondar 90 and Lifan 620 shine

Full November 2013 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Iran October 2013: Lifan X60 lands in Top 10, Gonow G5 arrives

November 12th, 2013 4 comments

Lifan X60 Iran October 2013. Picture courtesy of im.car-features.comLifan X60

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Every month I share with you local Iranian production figures as sales data is unavailable, however this is a pretty accurate picture of what cars are the most popular in the country as imports are limited. October 2013 is roughly equivalent to Mehr, the 7th month of the year 1392 in the Persian calendar. After surging by 20% last month, Iranian production is back down 5% year-on-year in Mehr to 56,648 units, bringing the year-to-date total after 7 months to 311,155 units, down 32% on the previous year. Below the Saipa Pride still sovereign but down 34%, the Peugeot Pars lodges its 2nd consecutive month above 10,000 units (whereas this had not happened in the last 3 years before last month!), up a fantastic 120% year-on-year to 10,533 units. In fact the Top 4 is unchanged vs. last month with the Iran Khodro Samand at #3 and the Peugeot 405 at #4.

Pazhan 3000 Iran October 2013. Picture courtesy of Alireza Behpour via FlickrPazhan 3000

Gonow Aoosed G5 Iran October 2013. Picture courtesy of autohome.com.cnGAC Gonow Aoosed G5

This month’s Iranian data confirms Peugeot is back on track in Iran: the Peugeot 206 has resumed production with 2,585 units vs. just 3 one year ago. Only the Peugeot 207i is still idle. The Iran Khodro Runna, based on the Peugeot 206, is up 271% to #6, but the big news this month are Chinese: Lifan is back in the ranking and places the X60 SUV directly at #10 for its very first month of production in the country thanks to 1,018 units. The Lifan 620 for its part is #11 with 657 units. Finally, we welcome the GAC Gonow Aoosed G5 at #20 with its first 7 units produced this month, I believe by local company Morattab which also assembles a Land Rover Defender clone locally, called the Pazhan 3000.

Previous month: Iran September 2013: Peugeot back on track in market up 20%

One year ago: Iran October 2012: Iran Khodro Runna and Great Wall Voleex C30 up

Full Mehr 1392 / October 2013 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.

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Iran September 2013: Peugeot back on track in market up 20%

October 29th, 2013 13 comments

Peugeot Pars Iran September 2013The Peugeot Pars was produced at 11,134 units last month in Iran.

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As is now the tradition on BSCB we go through local Iranian production figures as sales information is not available, however this should portray a relatively accurate picture of car sales in the country as high import duties and the weakness of the local currency limits sales of other vehicles. September 2013 is roughly equivalent to Shahrivar, the 6th month of the year 1392 in the Persian calendar. Over the period and for the first time in almost two years (since December 2011!), the production of new cars in Iran is actually up year-on-year at +20% on Shahrivar 1391 to 54,526 units. Year-to-date after 6 months in the Persian Year 1392, the total stands at 247,327 units, down 38% on 1391.

Chery MVM315 Bonus Iran September 2013. Picture courtesy of zr.ruChery MVM315 production is up 269% this month in Iran.

If the Saipa Pride unsurprisingly tops the monthly ranking once again with 16,975 units, down 7% year-on-year, the Peugeot Pars is getting closer, up a fantastic 713% to 11,134 units, the first time over 10,000 units of the nameplate are produced in a single month since I have been following the Iranian market monthly. The Iran Khodro Samand also displays reassuring health, up 22% year-on-year to 6,127 units at #3. In fact, with the Peugeot 206 up a huge 1255% on September 2012 to 4,565 units at #5, it would seem the loosening of General Motors and Peugeot ties have already had an impact on Peugeot’s production in Iran. Notice also the Saipa Tiba up 178% to 3,926 units and the Chery MVM315 (aka Fulwin 2/Bonus) up 269% to #8

Previous month: Iran August 2013: Renault withdraws, Peugeot Pars up 32%

One year ago: Iran September 2012: Renault winner in market down 66%

Full Shahrivar 1392/September 2013 Top 15 Ranking Table below.

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Iran August 2013: Renault withdraws, Peugeot Pars up 32%

September 22nd, 2013 5 comments

Peugeot Pars Iran August 2013Peugeot Pars production is up 32% this month in Iran.

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As is the tradition on BSCB, Iranian monthly data reflects production, not sales but it actually gives a relatively close picture of the most popular cars in the country given the high import duties. In the Persian calendar, August 2013 is roughly equivalent to the 5th month of the Persian year 1392, Mordad. While Iranian production had slowed down its freefall last month at -31%, it is back to a harsh -39% in August to just 34,969 units, with its decline further impacted by the withdrawal of Renault from the country – the Tondar 90 aka Logan is down 85% year-on-year and the Megane down 87%. Plus either Chery production stopped this month or the data wasn’t communicated.

Saipa Tiba Iran August 2013Saipa Tiba production is up 40% year-on-year.

The Saipa Pride continues to be by far the most popular vehicle in the country in spite of a year-on-year 41% drop to 11,799 units. Only 3 models increase their production year-on-year: the Peugeot Pars, impressive at +32% to #2 and 5,953 units, the Saipa Tiba up 40% to #6 and 2,290 units and the Iran Khodro Runna up 728% to #7 and 2,061 units, understandable for the latter two as they are relatively recent launches.

Previous month: Iran August 2013: Saipa Pride and Peugeot Pars stay afloat

One year ago: Iran August 2012: Saipa Pride below 20,000 units, IKCO Runna #9

Full August 2013 Top 12 models Ranking Table below.

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Iran July 2013: Saipa Pride and Peugeot Pars stay afloat

August 21st, 2013 No comments

Saipa Pride Iran July 2013. Picture courtesy of parsherald.comSaipa Pride

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As is the tradition the Iranian monthly models ranking reflects production (not sales) but it actually gives a relatively close picture of the most popular cars in the country given high import duties limit sales of other vehicles. In the Persian calendar, July 2013 is roughly corresponds to the 4th month of the Persian year 1392, Tir. New car production slows down its freefall somehow this month, down ‘just’ 31% year-on-year to 51,315 units, bringing the year-to-date total after 4 months to 155,425 units, down 47% on last year. This slowdown is mainly due to the two most popular models behaving fairly well and a couple of new models improving year-on-year.

The Saipa Pride is actually up 3% to 24,620 units, or nearly half the entire car production in the country this month! The year-to-date total is still in negative at 73,565 units, down 32%. The Peugeot Pars is down a very reasonable 9% to 6,252 units, to be compared with -58% for the Peugeot 405 and -57% for the Iran Khodro Samand. The Saipa Tiba is up 238% year-on-year and one spot on last month to #5 with 3,271 units while the Iran Khodro Runna is up a huge 2086% to 2,230 units, for both models their best monthly scores so far in the Persian year 1392.

Previous month: Iran June 2013: Peugeot Pars up 6% in market down 36%

One year ago: Iran July 2012: Iran Khodro Runna #10 in contracting market

Full July 2013 Top 15 Ranking Table below.

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Iran June 2013: Peugeot Pars up 6% in market down 36%

July 10th, 2013 4 comments

Peugeot Pars Iran Khordad 1392Peugeot Pars

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As always the Iranian monthly models ranking reflects production (not sales) but is a pretty accurate representation of the most popular cars in the country as high import duties limit sales of other vehicles. In the Persian calendar, June 2013 roughly corresponds  to the third month of the Persian year 1392, Khordad. New car production continues its freefall in Iran, at 47,146 units, it is down 36% on Khordad 1391 which was already down 47% compared to the year before… Year-to-date after 3 months, production is down a horrendous 52% year-on-year to 105,781 units.

Peugeot Pars Iran Khordad 1392bPeugeot Pars

The Saipa Pride is back above 20,000 monthly units for the first time so far in 1392 to 20,834, however down 18% on last year. In second place we find the only model in the Top 5 to to enjoy a year-on-year: the Peugeot Pars, basically a 1987 Peugeot 405, is up 9% to 6,336 units and is now also #2 year-to-date at 11,709 units. The Iran Khodro Samand is back up 5 spots on last month to round up the podium at 3,279 units, down 68% year-on-year, and is followed by the Peugeot 405 (-74%) and Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan at -55%).

Saipa Tiba Iran Khordad 1392Saipa Tiba

Because at the same time last year they were either still kick-starting their production or had it interrupted, both the Saipa Tiba at #6 and 2,829 units (+131%) and the Iran Khodro Runna at #7 and 1,987 (+3386%) post impressive year-on-year growths, however they remain far from their best monthly volumes. Notice also the Chery MVM315 (aka Fulwin 2) at +434% year-on-year, however the Khordad 1392 production figure is estimated and will be confirmed next month.

Previous month: Iran May 2013: Saipa Tiba up to best-ever 5th place

One year ago: Iran June 2012: Great Wall Voleex C30 makes its first appearance

Full June 2013/Khordad 1392 Top 15 Production Ranking Table below.

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Iran May 2013: Saipa Tiba up to best-ever 5th place

June 20th, 2013 No comments

Saipa Tiba Iran May 2013Saipa Tiba

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May 2013 roughly corresponds to Ordibehesht, the second month of the year 1392 in the Persian calendar, and over the period, the Iranian car production is stuck in hell, down another 57% year-on-year to just 38,537 units compared to 88,939 one year ago… Year-to-date after two months in 1392, production is down 59% on 1391 to 58,635 units. The Saipa Pride is back up to 17,683 units but is down 52% year-on-year. With a market relatively bigger than last month, the models production charts returns to some kind of normality…

Saipa Tiba Iran May 2013. Picture courtesy of WikipediaSaipa Tiba ‘in situ’ 

Peugeot places 3 models in the Top 4 for the first time since the French company had to limit parts imports from France in order to comply with the US embargo on Iran: the 405 is up one spot on April to #2, the Pars is up 2 to #3 and the 206 up 5 to #4. All these models however see their production drop sharply compared to May 2012. For only the second time ever after last September, the Saipa Tiba breaks into the Iranian Top 5, up 2 spots on April and 48% on May 2012 to #5 with 2,525 units produced. Notice also the Chery MVM315 (aka Fulwin 2) up 1120% to #7, the Iran Khodro Runna up 3775% to #9 and the Chery MVM110 (aka QQ) up 547% to #10…

Previous month: Iran April 2013: Chery MVM315 up to 4th place

One year ago: Iran May 2012: Peugeot 405 back to #2, Iran Khodro Runna starts

Full Ordibehesht 1392/May 2013 Top 15 models Ranking Table below.

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Iran April 2013: Chery MVM315 up to 4th place

May 20th, 2013 10 comments

Chery MVM315 Iran April 2013Chery MVM315

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As is the tradition for Iran only production data is available, however this is a good indication of car sales in the country as high import duties limit sales of imported vehicles. April 2013 roughly corresponds to Farvardin, the first month of the year 1392 in the Persian calendar. Traditionally the weakest month of the year, this year Farvardin production data tests new lows: down a horrendous 60% year-on-year to just 22,513 units, only a few units more than the sales of the Saipa Pride one year ago…now down 53% to just under 10,000 units at 9,998 – the first time the Pride falls below 10,000 monthly units produced since the creation of BestSellingCarsBlog.

Being a very weak month, the models ranking is a lot more volatile: we have the Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) up to a brilliant 2nd place thanks to 2,204 units produced (-57%) followed by the Peugeot 405 at 1,653 (-77%). Exceptional performance of the Chery MVM315 (aka Fulwin 2/Bonus) up to #4 with 1,627 units, while the Chery MVM350 (aka A5) is up to #5 at 1,095 units (+61%). The Saipa Tiba is up 96% year-on-year to #7 and we welcome a new model in the ranking, the Saipa X100 which is a combination of the Saipa 111, 131, 132 and 141 at #11 with 430 sales.

Previous month: Iran March 2013: Iran Khodro Runna continues to progress

One year ago: Iran April 2012: Peugeot withdraws, Renault wins

Full Farvardin 1392/April 2013 Top 15 Ranking Table below.

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