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Iran July 2014: Peugeot 206 comes back to life

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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