Iran July 2016: Exclusive production and imports figures available

JAC S5 Iran July 2016. Picture courtesy persiankhodro.comThe JAC S5 is the most popular Chinese model in Iran this month (#9). 

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Thanks to a partnership with CE Auto newsletter, we can now share with you a monthly update about the Iranian new car market. The period covered roughly corresponds to July 2016, but the Persian calendar works slightly differently: the month in question is the fourth month (Tir) of the Persian year 1395. Also, this update combines production figures for local manufacturers with exclusive import sales data obtained with Iranian customs. In Tir 1395/July 2016, 95.328 cars were produced locally (608.095 YTD), 6.233 pickups (50.063) and 5.629 imported vehicles were sold (32.762 so far in 2016). That’s a total of 107.190 vehicles for the month and 696.549 year-to-date.

Chery Arrizo 5 Iran July 2016Chery kick started Iranian assembly of the Arrizo 5 just 3 months after its Chinese launch.

Peugeot maintains its stranglehold on the Iranian market with a round 33% share thanks to over 35.000 units produced this month, ahead of the two main Iranian manufacturers Saipa (26.8%) and Iran Khodro (12.4%). These Top 3 carmakers hold a mammoth 72.2% of the Iranian market this month. Renault (9.1%) follows while just below Chery cements its newfound position as the most popular Chinese brand in Iran – a title that was held by JAC in 2015. In July and only 3 months after its launch at home in China, Chery kick started the local assembly of the Arrizo 5 in Iran – it ranks #20 among local cars with 261 units. Brilliance is moving up at #6 and 2.5% share vs. #8 YTD and #13 in 2015, JAC is #9, Lifan #13, Zotye #16, Changan #19, Dongfeng #20 and Haima #21. All-in-all, Chinese nameplates represent over 10.600 units in Iran in July or just under 10% market share.

Zamyad Z24. Picture courtesy news.irZamyad Z24 – the best-selling pickup in Iran this month.

Model-wise, the valiant Sapia Pride remains the favourite choice of Iranian car buyers with another 21.000 units produced, distancing the Peugeot 405 (13.700), 206 (11.200) and Pars (10.500). The Iran Khodro Samand rounds up the Top 5 and the Renault Tondar 90 (a first generation Dacia Logan) overtakes the Saipa Tiba for #6 overall.

Lifan 820 Iran July 2016. Picture courtesy khodrobank.irLifan sold 45 times more 820 sedans in Iran than in China this month… 

The JAC S5 is the #1 Chinese models at #9 above the Brilliance H330 (#10), Chery QQ3 (#13), Fulwin 2 (#14) and Tiggo 5 (#16). The Lifan 820 continues to gear up: it ranks #18 with 583 units produced in Iran vs. just 13 units sold in China at the same time… In the pickup aisle, it’s a surprise at the helm: the Zamyad Z24 outpaces the all-new Iran Khodro Arisun, confirming a rocky start for the nameplate that has the daunting task of replacing the tremendously successful Bardo.

Hyundai Santa Fe Iran July 2016. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Hyundai Santa Fe is by far the #1 import in Iran.

The imports market is once again dominated by Hyundai, holding a 32.2% share and placing the Santa Fe head and shoulders above all other imported models in Iran with 21.1% share. The Sonata is #2 at 8.3%. Toyota (17.3%), Kia (16.8%) and Renault (13%) follow, with Lexus soaring to 5th place thanks to an outstanding score by the NX (#3 import in July). Honda and Volvo break into the Top 10 imported brand this month while model-wise the Renault Duster (#4), Toyota Hilux (#7) and Renault Fluence (#9) shine.

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Brilliance H330 Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy realiran.orgLocally-assembled Brilliance H330 with Pars Khodro logo

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It is now time to share with you exclusive detail on the Iranian new car market thanks to a partnership with CE Auto newsletter. Please note the period covered in this report is the one closest to the first half of the calendar year 2016, which is not how the Persian calendar works. The Persian year 1394 ended on 20 March 2016, with the year 1395 starting on 21 March 2016, so to get closest to H1 2016 figures we have to take into account the last quarter of the Persian year 1394 and the quarter of the Persian year 1395 (the period studied is, in Persian terms, 10/1394 to 03/1395). Also, this update combines production figures for local manufacturers with exclusive import sales data obtained with Iranian customs.

Peugeot 405 Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy asriran.comOriginally launched in 1987, the 405 is Peugeot’s best-seller in Iran. 

Overall, the Iranian new light vehicle market shows a very dynamic stance with 555.745 locally produced units (vs. 962.737 over the Full Year 2015) but imports are slowing pace at just 32.762, 23% decline on the same period a year ago – meaning almost 10.000 vehicles less. Brand-wise, Peugeot continues to dominate the market with 198.246 units sold over the period, or one in three vehicles sold in Iran so far in 2016. The French carmaker signed on 21 June 2016 the final joint-venture agreement with Iran Khodro. This has two implications: firstly, the restoration of contractual relations for the production of Peugeot-branded vehicles currently sold in Iran.

Peugeot 301 Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy autoevolution.comA surefire hit in Iran, the Peugeot 301 won’t be available until 2018. Puzzling. 

Secondly and most significantly , the two companies will launch a joint factory in 2017 to produce the 301, 208 and 2008. Even though it seems to have been designed with Iran in mind, puzzlingly the 301 will only be produced for export initially and not presented to the Iranian market before 2018… Meanwhile the 29 year-old 405 (#2) and Pars (#4) remains the most popular design in the country for the 3rd consecutive year, and the 18-year old 206 ranks third overall with just under 63.000 deliveries including 43.000 sedans.

Iran Khodro Arisun. Picture courtesy clipo.irThe Iran Khodro Arisun is the best-selling pickup in Iran so far in 2016.

Local manufacturer Saipa follows in 2nd place with 27.8% share, mainly thanks to the Pride, a rebadged 1986 Kia Pride sold in hatch and sedan variants and finding another 111.000 new homes so far this year. The more modern Tiba follows at a distance in 6th place and 42.500 units. Iran Khodro, the second main Iranian carmaker, ranks third overall like last year but sees its market share thaw to 13.5%, with the Samand at #5 in the passenger cars ranking, the Dena at #8 and the Runna at #11, but the new Arisun – a Peugeot 405 pickup launched in 2015 – is the best-selling pickup truck in Iran with almost 14.000 sales. All Iran Khodro passenger cars are based on Peugeot platforms.

Renault Captur Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy khodro24.irThe Renault Captur ranks 6th among imported nameplates.

French manufacturer Renault follows in 4th place thanks to the continued success of the Tondar 90 (a first generation Logan), the gearing up of the Sandero (also the 1st generation), now #9 passenger car in the country and the arrival of the Captur at #6 in the imports ranking. Chery (23.000 units) is the #5 brand in Iran and produces locally. Brilliance ranks at #8 and manages to place the H330 sedan among the 10 best-selling passenger cars in Iran this year.

Ssangyong Tivoli Renault Duster Iran June 2016. Picture courtesy kharbamachine.irThe Ssangyong Tivoli is the #5 best-selling import in Iran, the Renault Duster ranks #20.

Looking at imports, Hyundai dominates once again with 10.200 sales and 31.1% share above Toyota (19.4%) and Kia (19.1%). The Hyundai Santa Fe is the best-seller by far with 5.813 sales ahead of the Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4. The Ssangyong Tivoli lands at #5, the Lexus NX at #8 and the new Hyundai Tucson at #11.

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Tehran celebration April 2015. Picture courtesy hinudstantimes.comStreet celebrations after the April 2015 nuclear deal. Picture hindustantimes.com

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Thanks to a partnership with CE Auto newsletter, we can now share with you exclusive detail on the Iranian new car market, as at crossroads now that economic sanctions that were handicapping the country are progressively being lifted. First let’s start by noting that the period covered in this report is the one closest to the calendar year 2015, which is not how the Persian calendar works. The Persian year 1394 started on 21 March 2015 and ended on 20 March 2016, so to get closest to calendar year 2015 figures we have to take into account the last 3 months of the Persian year 1393 and the first 9 months of the Persian year 1394 (the period studied is, in Persian terms, 10/1393 to 09/1394). Also, this update combines production figures for local manufacturers with exclusive import sales data obtained with Iranian customs.

Peugeot Pars Iran 2015. Picture courtesy persiankhodro.comThe Iranian market is headed for years of growth after the lift of economic sanctions.

Overall, the Iranian new light vehicle market has gone back above the million annual units (1.024.708) with 962.737 locally produced units and 61.971 imports. Brand-wise, even though the company hasn’t launched any new models yet since it announced last August its intention to invest in full Iranian production of new models, Peugeot is once again the #1 brand in the country with 342.796 units, or one in three vehicles sold in Iran in 2015. This despite an ageing lineup composed of the 29 year-old Pars (#2) and 405 (#3) adding up to over 237.000 sales and the most popular design in the country for the 2nd consecutive year, and the 18-year old 206 ranking #4 overall with over 100.000 deliveries.

Saipa Pride Iran 2015Saipa Pride in Tehran. Picture courtesy Blondinrikard Fröberg

Local manufacturer Saipa follows in 2nd place with 28.7% share, mainly thanks to the Pride Nasim and Saba, itself a rebadged 1986 Kia Pride sold in hatch and sedan variants. The more recent Tiba follows at a distance in 6th place while the 151, a Pride pickup sold a little more than 15.000 units last year. Iran Khodro, the second main Iranian carmaker, ranks third overall with just under 15% market share. The Samand sedan continues to be its best-seller with close to 85.000 units, a far cry above the Dena (#9) and Runna (#10). All Iran Khodro passenger cars are based on Peugeot platforms.

JAC J5 Iran 2015. Picture courtesy afsaneh17.irThe JAC J5 is the most popular Chinese model in Iran at #8 overall.

Renault comes in 4th place with 4% share and 92% of its local sales come from a rebadged first generation Dacia Logan sold under the name Tondar 90. The next striking observation as far as local Iranian production is concerned is the fast gearing up of Chinese carmakers, all operating through local joint-ventures. JAC is the most prolific so far with 30.475 units in 2015, followed closely by Chery at 29.915, then Lifan (15.217), Brilliance (5.187), Great Wall (3.900), FAW (2.600), Dongfeng (2.000), Haima and Zotye (both under 200).

Saipa Zotye Z300 Ian 2015. Picture courtesy Khodrokade.irZotye Z300 sporting a Saipa logo for the Iranian market.

The JAC J5 is the most popular Chinese model in Iran, ranking at an outstanding 8th place overall with 17.139 sales, had of the JAC S5 at #11 (13.316) and Chery MVM315 aka Fulwin at #12 (11.352). The Lifan X60 (8.660) and X50 (3.529) have also made their mark very fast in Iran, as for the Great Wall Voleex C30 (3.156 units produced in 2015) it has found a backup market now that its popularity is a thing of the past at home in China. The FAW Besturn B50, Brilliance H330 and H230, Haima S7 and Zotye Z300 are also produced locally as well as a 5-model Chery lineup to which was added the Tiggo 5 in October.

Iran Khodro Arisun. Picture courtesy clipo.irThe Iran Khodro Arisun replaced the Bardo in Iran this year.

The local pickup market is a new addition on BSCB and a fascinating one at that. See the first report here. The Zamyad Z24, a 1970 Nissan Junior, continues to be produced in Iran and tops the production chart at 23.889 units, snapping the lead away from the now discontinued Iran Khodro Bardo (23.700) which was based on the 1967 Paykan. In May 2015, Iran Khodro launched its replacement the Arisun, itself based on the… 1987 Peugeot 405. After posting two months above 2.000 units (May and August), the Arisun has alarmingly fallen below 1.000 units during 3 of the last 4 months of the year, a far cry from the 9.324 units of Bardo spit out during its 2nd-last month… It wouldn’t be completely surprising if Iran Khodro decided to resume Bardo production in the coming months.

Hyundai Santa Fe Iran March 2015. Picture courtesy bartarinha.irOver 40% of all vehicles imported into Iran are branded Hyundai.

Onto exclusive imports data, where Korean manufacturer Hyundai dominates head and shoulders with 41.4% share and 25.668 sales. In fact the Santa Fe, the best-selling import with 10.219 deliveries, sells more than any other imported brand. Toyota follows at 13% share ahead of Kia (11.9%), BMW (4.2%), Renault (4.2%) and Changan (4%). Among other Chinese, Geely places 7th, MG 8th, BAIC 10th, Brilliance 15th and Foton 16th.

BMW X4 Iran 2015The BMW X4 is the best-selling luxury vehicle in Iran in 2015. 

Looking at imported models in detail, below the Santa Fe Hyundai also places the ix35, Elantra, i20 and Sonata in the Top 10 while Toyota has the Corolla and RAV4 and Kia the Sportage and Optima. The Changan CS35 cracks the Top 10 while BMW and Mercedes manage to sell over 1.000 of their X4 SUV and E-Class sedan respectively, the two leaders in the luxury segment.

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Iran November 2014: Iran Khodro Dena finally lands?

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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 relatively limited, however this situation may change if and when economic sanctions against Iran relax, and then it will be time for sales data to be published hopefully. November 2014 is roughly equivalent to Aban, the 8th month of the year 1393 in the Persian calendar, however this month we only have access to the YTD figures. These confirm the trends we have observed this year but there is one novelty: the Iran Khodro Dena. Unveiled in April 2011, it seems to finally have hit production lines in Iran with 630 units reported over the period. Some promo pictures showing the car in display in the street (above) have also started to appear online which would seem to indicate the Dena finally is available for sale in the country. The production figures show the market has bounced back in Iran, with the Peugeot 206 back up 240% to 4th place with 64,752 units and the Saipa Tiba up 153% to #6 and 55,626 units. The Saipa Pride, still leader at 162,402 units but up just 20%, Iran Khodro Runna (+44%) and Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan first generation, +42%) lose market share.

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Iran October 2014: Saipa Tiba at highest, production up 61%

Saipa Tiba Iran October 2014Saipa Tiba hachback

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After a one-month hiatus, Iran is back on BSCB with local production figures up a whopping 61% year-on-year in Mehr, the 7th month of the year 1393 in the Persian calendar, roughly equivalent to October 2014. The Saipa Pride is finally returning to its traditional head-and-shoulders domination with just under 30,000 units produced over the period, up 64% year-0n-year. Could this be because of the launch of a redesigned version called the Saipa 234? I am investigating this as I am writing these lines.

Saipa 234 Iran October 2014c Saipa 234 Iran October 2014a Saipa 234 Iran October 2014 interiorSaipa unveiled the 234 sedan in March – a replacement for the Pride?

The Peugeot Pars (+37%) and 405 (+59%) lose market share but both clock up 10,000+ units while the Peugeot 206 is up almost 4-fold to 9,899 units – definitely back to life. The Saipa Tiba continues to break its production record month after month, this time lifting it to 8,951 units, potentially thanks to the addition of a hatchback version, while the Iran Khodro Runna is stuck at a low 2,666 units, even going backwards year-on-year (-6%). Renault confirms it has stepped out of the country with the Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) down 49%.

Saipa S300 Iran October 2014a Saipa S300 Iran October 2014cSaipa S300

Saipa Renault Sandero Iran October 2014Saipa Renault Sandero

Saipa also unveiled the S300 (a rebadged Zotye Z300) and an Iranian production variant of the (previous generation) Renault Sandero, however these two models have not appeared in the production charts yet.

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Iran November 2013: Peugeot 405 new best-seller?

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Iran April 2013: Chery MVM315 up to 4th place

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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.

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Iran March 2013: Iran Khodro Runna continues to improve

Iran Khodro Runna Iran March 2013Iran Khodro Runna – with a Paykan in the background

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Iran uses the Persian calendar in which March 2013 roughly corresponds to Bahman, the last month of the year 1391. Over that period 71,028 new vehicles were produced in the country, a 34% year-on-year drop, to be compared with -37% in February, -45% in January and -53% in December, confirming the situation could slowly be getting back to normal for the Iranian new car market. The Saipa Pride remains far above the rest of the cars produced in the country but it is dropping 41% year-on-year to 21,844 units, finishing the year 1391 at 276,992 units, down 55% on 1390. The Iran Khodro Samand is also faring worse than average this month at -31% to 10,675 units, but is down a more clement 21% over the full year 1391 to 110,479 units.

The Peugeot Pars remains at a solid third position this month thanks to 8,105 units produced, down only 7% year-on-year and above the 5th place it holds over the Full Year. The Peugeot 405 is down 60% at #4 this month and down 40% at #3 this year while the Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) is down an ok 22% at #5 this month vs. -14% and #4 over the Full Year. In the meantime, the Iran Khodro Runna continues to improve its production rate month after month, reaching a record 3,650 units in March, double its score of 4 months ago.

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