Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Iran's Runna Compete World Auto Markat

The Middle East's biggest automaker, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), plans to market a high-standard national vehicle on four continents simultaneously.

The sale of Runna, the company's second national car which is fitted with a 1.6-liter engine, will begin in September 2011, Iran Khodro Industrial Group News Website reported on Wednesday.

About 150,000 units of the vehicle are expected to roll off the production line each year, 25 percent of which are headed abroad.

Javad Najmeddin, IKCO's CEO, described the vehicle as a “fair-priced car [made] based on the most recent standards.” 

The website hailed the production as the first of its kind to meet Euro IV and V emission standards -- which were respectively issued for 2005 and 2008. It also pointed to the attention given to pedestrian safety standard in the vehicle's design.

Besides most recent European standards, Runna meets the four-star European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) safety index that awards it a good rank among the cars in the same class. The index takes account of safety for the driver, passengers (adults and children) and pedestrians.

IKCO has production plants in Syria, Senegal, Azerbaijan, Venezuela and Belarus.

Its first national car, which is produced in its most domestic and overseas plants, was named Samand, which has Soren sedan and Sarir limo as its different makes.

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