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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 2012 corresponds roughly to the third month of the Persian year 1391, Khordad, and during that period new car production continues to fall alarmingly to just 68,510 units, down 47% on Khordad 1390. Year-to-date after 3 months in 1391 the market is down 37% to 208,781.
Again the main culprit for this worrying development is very weak production figures of the Saipa Pride at only 25,440 units this month, down 57% year-on-year and bringing its year-to-date total to 83,447, down 45% on 1390. Peugeot’s stopping of part imports from France is again also having an impact, with the Peugeot Pars down 16% at #5 and the 206 down 74% at #6. Reversely the Peugeot 405 still holds well, up 9% year-on-year at #2 with 12,695 units ahead of the Iran Khodro Samand at 10,111 and the Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan) at 6,271.
But the main event this month is the very rare arrival of a new model in the ranking: after Lifan, Great Wall is the second Chinese manufacturer to start assembling new cars in Iran: the Great Wall Voleex C30 lands directly in 11th position this month with 146 units produced. For its part the Iran Khodro Runna seems to have actually started its career in its native country no less than 3 years after its original presentation with a best-ever 57 units produced this month (#15).
Previous month: Iran May 2012: Peugeot 405 back to #2, Iran Khodro Runna starts
Full June 2012 Top 15 Ranking Table below.