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05-16-2005, 03:13 PM
<B>Iran's most popular car ends production</b><p>Iran on Sunday ended nearly four decades of production of the country's most popular car, the shoebox-like Paykan, the state-run television reported.<p><br>The car was first manufactured in 1967 and more than 2.2 million were produced, but it became an environmental hazard and a major cause of pollution in Iran. An estimated 40 percent of the passenger cars clogging Iran's roads are four-door, box-like Paykans.<p><br>"Paykan shouldered Iran's auto industry for years. But we could not continue our support of domestic products at any cost," Industry Minister Eshagh Jahangiri said in ceremonies marking the end of Paykan's production.<p><br>"I congratulate Iran Khodro Company for its brave decision in stopping the Paykan assembly line with the intention of advancing Iran's automotive industry," he said, according to the state news agency.<p><br>The Paykan, a four-cylinder time capsule consumes gas at a 12 miles to the gallon rate, and is a major source of air pollution. The design has barely changed since its inception.<p><br>But the Paykan, which means "arrow" in Farsi, is a budget car in Iran, costing about $5,000.<p><br>Paykan survived the 1979 Islamic revolution and maintained its popularity through the 1990s as Iran Khodro and other Iranian carmakers won licenses to domestically produce more attractive foreign rivals, including Peugeot, Kia, Renault and Nissan.<p><br>But both the Environmental Protection Organization and the Iranian Fuel Conservation Organization insisted that Paykan be phased out because it cannot meet environmental and safety standards.<p><br>Iran is seeking to join the World Trade Organization, which would mean opening up its protected market to foreign competition. Iran banned car imports in 1993 to boost employment and help domestic automakers.<p>Source: SF Chronicle

05-16-2005, 07:03 PM
Good thing such piece of automotive rawness is put to the grave. 12mpg is unacceptable for an affordable car like this. Now atleast Iran can move forward. <p>The Renault/Dacia Logan I guess is going to be assembled in Iran, this would provide a modern affordable automobile for the masses.

05-16-2005, 07:09 PM
Ah great, just when I put my order in. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I am sure the Logan is a much better car, albiet a bit more expensive.

05-17-2005, 08:21 PM
for those of you who have never seen this old beast here it is reminds me of an old opel... where they licensed ?<p><IMG SRC="http://www.ikco.com/products/images/mainpaykan.jpg" BORDER="0">

05-18-2005, 02:18 AM
An old British car, the Hillman Hunter. produced in the UK frkom '66-'79.<br>So they're looking for a replacement? Hmmm. The Rover 45 would have been ideal.

05-18-2005, 01:51 PM
some more story:<br>After several unsuccessful attempts to make FIAT automobiles, the most serious step towards production of automobiles was taken by establishment of Iran National Factories (Iran khodro, public joint stock co.) and presentation of Paykan passenger car on Aug. 17, 1962. Iran National was commissioned to manufacture the latest model of HILLMAN under the name of Paykan GT. <p>In 1966, Iran Khodro was licensed to produce various four-cylinder passenger cars, and, after installation of the Paykan production line, it started manufacturing with the initial capacity of 6000 units per annum under license of 'ROOTS' (now known as Chrysler). <p>source: <A HREF="http://www.ikco.com/products/paykan.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ikco.com/products/paykan.asp</A>

05-19-2005, 04:15 PM
I heard the Nissan Maxima is produced in Iran, is this true?