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Iran July 2014: Peugeot 206 comes back to life

August 6th, 2014 4 comments

Peugeot 206 Iran July 2014The Peugeot 206 delivers the biggest year-on-year improvement in Iran this month.

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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 2014 is roughly corresponds to the 4th month of the Persian year 1393, Tir. The recovery of the automobile industry in Iran is confirmed this month with July up 59% year-on-year to 81,838 units and the 1393 year-to-date total after 4 months now standing at 327,672 units, more than double (+111%) the total at this stage last year. Note that out of this figure includes 279,739 passenger cars, 44.714 pick-up trucks (no model data available), 3,136 trucks, 63 buses and 20 minibuses.

Saipa Tiba Iran July 2014Can the Saipa Tiba replace the Pride in the hearts of Iranian car buyers?

The models production charts is experiencing a deep change this year in Iran, with the Saipa Pride gradually losing its ultra-dominant position: it is down 43% year-on-year and to just 13,916 units, now flatly beaten by the Peugeot 405/Pars couple adding up to 20,224 units (+74%). But the most impressive year-on-year progression is the work of the Peugeot 206: almost killed last year as agreements between Peugeot and General Motors meant the French manufacturer had to progressively pull out of the country, it is back up a huge 671% to 4th place and 9,370 units in July. Notice also the Iran Khodro Samand up 89% and the Saipa Tiba up 104%, the hereditary to the Pride’s success?

Previous month: Iran June 2014: Peugeot 405/Pars above Saipa Pride

One year ago: Iran July 2013: Saipa Pride and Peugeot Pars stay afloat

Full Tir 1393/July 2014 Top 8 models Ranking Table below.

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Iran June 2014: Peugeot Pars/405 above Saipa Pride

July 17th, 2014 1 comment

Peugeot Pars Iran Khordad 1392Peugeot Pars

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The Iranian car production industry continues to recover with 85,391 units, a 81% year-on-year increase bringing the year-to-date total to 245,834 units, up 132% year-on-year. The Persian calendar is indeed different from the Western one, and June 2014 roughly corresponds to Khordad which is the third month of the Persian year 1393. Peugeot is back on track with the Pars (+81%) and 405 (+201%) adding up to 21,274 units vs. only 18,353 (-12%) for the Saipa Pride. Other big gainers this month include the Iran Khodro Samand (+164%), Peugeot 206 (+294%) and Saipa Tiba (+119%).

Previous month: Iran May 2014: Production back on track at +146%

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

Full June 2014/Khordad 1393 Top 8 production Ranking Table below.

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Iran May 2014: Production back on track at +146%!

June 12th, 2014 No comments

Iran Khodro Samand Iran May 2014Iran Khodro Samand production is up a huge 638% year-on-year this month!

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Iran is back in business for good: car production is up a tremendous 146% year-on-year to 94,840 units in Ordibehesht 1393 which roughly corresponds to May 2014 in the Persian calendar. Interestingly, the Saipa Pride is actually down 3% year-on-year to 17,090 units and even though it holds onto the top spot it is not the most produced design this month in Iran. The Peugeot Pars (+198%) and 405 (+98%) indeed add up to 20,436 units this month. But the most spectacular improvement is delivered by local brand Iran Khodro with the Samand up a huge 638% year-on-year to land in third place with 8,905 units. The Iran Khodro Runna (+232%), Peugeot 206 (+179%) and Saipa Tiba (+155%) also impress.

Previous post: Iran Full Year 1392: Now with Top 20 most produced models

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

Full Ordibehesht 1393/May 2014 Top 8 models Ranking Table below.

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Iran Full Year 1392: Now with Top 20 most produced models!

June 1st, 2014 No comments

Peugeot Pars Iran 1392Peugeot Pars production is up 40% year-on-year!

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I can finally share with you the most produced models in Iran over the Full Year 1392 in the Persian calendar, roughly corresponding to the period April 2013-March 2014. Overall production is down 25% year-on-year to an estimated 591,000 units, and the Saipa Pride remains on top in spite of production down 30% to 194,414 units. The best performer of the year is the Peugeot Pars: it saw its production climb by 40% to 100,419, up 3 spots to 2nd place. Great news for a 27 year-old vehicle! Its twin the Peugeot 405 remains in third place at 68,123 units (-35%) ahead of the Iran Khodro Samand down 2 ranks and 40% to 65,775 units.

Saipa Tiba Iran April 2014The Saipa Tiba ranks at a best-ever 4th place in April/Farvardin

Further down, the Saipa Tiba is up 83% to deliver its best annual production volume so far at 40,195 units, edging out the Peugeot 206 at 40,102 (+44%). The Iran Khodro Runna is also on the rise at 27,022 units (+71%) whereas the Renault Tondar 90 (aka Logan) suffered from the manufacturer’s withdrawal from the country: down 74% to 20,454 units. We welcome the Lifan X60 inside this year’s Top 10 most produced models in Iran with an estimated 5,800 units.

Iran Khodro Runna Iran April 2014Iran Khodro Runna

I am also glad to announce I can also share with you latest monthly production data for Iran, for the month of Farvardin 1393 in the Persoan calendar which roughly corresponds to April 2014. And it’s great news for the Iranian car industry: up 69% year-on-year to an estimated 36,700 units. The Saipa Pride is #1 as usual but disappoints: up only 18% whereas the Iran Khodro Samand is up 394%, Peugeot Pars up 167% and Saipa Tiba up 224% to a record 4th place: would it actually be cannibalising Pride sales? Notice also the Iran Khodro Runna up 714% to 1,352 units.

Previous post: Iran 2013-2014: Now with Top 90 best-selling imports!

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

Full Year 1392 Top 20 and Farvardin 1393 Top 10 models Ranking Tables below.

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Iran 2013-2014: Now with Top 90 best-selling imports!

May 5th, 2014 12 comments

Geely Emgrand 7 Iran 2014The Geely Emgrand 7 is the 2nd most popular import in Iran.

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Thanks to a tip from two BSCB readers, I can share with you for the first time ever the most popular imported brands and models in Iran. Traditionally Iranian data only includes the models produced locally so this gives us a great additional insight into this market. Over the Full Year 1392 in the Persian calendar (April 2013-March 2014), 77,860 new cars were imported in Iran, compared to an estimated 590,000 locally produced, a 12% import rate. Two words for you: Korean and Emgrand.

Hyundai ix35 Iran 2014The Hyundai ix35 is the most successful import in Iran.

Brand-wise, Hyundai and Kia put together account for 6 in every 10 cars imported into Iran last year, 41.8% share for Hyundai and 18.4% for Kia! The surprise comes in third place: Chinese Geely imported 9,222 cars for a fantastic 11.8% market share, ahead of Toyota at 9.2% and 7,184 units! BMW is extremely successful in Iran, holding a 5% share of all imports vs. 1.8% for Mercedes. Notice also MG in 7th place, SsangYong at #10, Great Wall at #12, Lexus at #13 and Chinese BAIC (100 units) and Zotye (5) also making an appearance.

Kia Optima Iran 2014. Picture courtesy of almrsal.comThe Kia Optima comes in at #7 import

In the models ranking, the Hyundai ix35 leads the imports sales charts with 10,527 sales which would earn it a 9th place overall including the locally-produced models. The Geely Emgrand 7 shines in 2nd imported ranking thanks to 8,360 units, meaning a secured Top 10 spot overall country-wide which is a great achievement for the Chinese carmaker. The Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Elantra follow.

Full Year 1392 Top 25 imported brands, Top 90 imported models and Top 30 all models below.

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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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