Auto Industry In IRAN
2-3 SAIPA, Iranian Automotive Company
|SAIPA company was established in 1966 and started to manufacture a model of Citroen "Dyane", "pick up" and "Ahu", however, later on, since 1974 the plant began to assemble "Renault 5" in two different models of 2 & 4 door. Afterwards, since 1982, this company started producing "Nissan Junior", a model of pick up car, powered by 2400 cc engine. Later on, SAIPA initiated assembly of "Renault 21" since 1992 until 1996. Nevertheless, in later developments the company concluded another agreement with Kia Motors Company from South Korea to manufacture "Pride" cars in two hatchback and saloon models. In its future programs, SAIPA is making final arrangements to produce "Citroen Xantia".|
Citroën to Produce the Xantia in Iran
23 March 2000
|Citroen and SAIPA, the Iranian
carmaker have signed a contract for the production of Citroën Xantia
in the SAIPA factories in Iran for the Iranian car market, making SAIPA
part of Citroen's strategy for international development in central Asia.
This contract, which investments in new factories and facilities by SAIPA, is for five years.
During the first period, from October 2000 until October 2001, SAIPA will produce 18, 000 Citroën Xantias.
Km 13, Old Karaj Road
Established in 1968 as the Citroen Production Association, Saipa is owned by IDRO (96.5%) and together with its newly acquired subsidiaries Zamyad, Shahab Khodro and Iran Kaveh has a production capacity of over 60000 vehicles per year, mainly the Nasim and Saba, based on the Kia Pride hatchback and saloon. They also make single and twin cab pick-up trucks based on the Nissan Junior 2000. They employ about 3500 staff.
Saipa also has an ambitious expansion plan. This year Saipa Group produced over 55,000 vehicles, over 90% of projected 60,000 vehicles, (see Appendix 1 for details). However, the new managing director, Mr Ebrahimi has embarked on a crusade to reduce the foreign currency outlay of each vehicle from $3700 to $1700. This has created a multitude of problems in the form of late or non delivery, substandard parts etc. which has resulted in a 50% drop in production in the second quarter. If this miscalculation is not amended soon, then one can expect a sharp drop in overall production for the current year.
A new paint shop purchased from Durr of Germany was scheduled to have been completed in September 1999, but due to shortage of foreign currency it is still under construction and is planned to begin operation in April 2000.
Saipa's planned expansion program calls for production of 150,000 vehicles of which 100,000 vehicles would be Kia Prides, 10-20,000 Citroen Xantias (a contract with Citroen was signed last year) and 30,000 small cars by the year 2001. Saipa currently have a tender for a small car (less than 1000ccs) production line, whose deadline has been extended. In order to make space for planned increase in production and to streamline their operation, Saipa have shifted production of Nissan pick-ups to Zamyad, a fully owned affiliated company.
Iranian Citroens start to roll
Deputy export manager of the Saipa Auto Manufacturing Company, Amir Hussein Abu-Talebi, announced that the first batch of Iranian-made automobile models 'Xantia' was ready for delivery to the French Citroen Company.
He said the first shipment would consist of 400 automobiles to be delivered to France in the near future.
As per a contract signed between the two companies, the Saipa company of Iran was scheduled to manufacture about 19,800 automobiles of the same model over 18 months.
The firm was committed to deliver about
13,500 of the cars to the French party, he said.
At the end of the year 2000 Citroen and
SAIPA, the Iranian carmaker signed a contract
for the production of Citroën Xantia in the SAIPA factories in Iran for the Iranian car market, making SAIPA part of Citroen's strategy for international development in central Asia. This contract, which investments in new factories and facilities by SAIPA, is for five years. During the first period, from October 2000 until October 2001, SAIPA will produce 18, 000 Citroën.
Pictures and other specification of Xantia produced in Iran.
Tehran, Oct 7 2001, 1st batch of Xantia
automobile ready for delivery to France
Click to enlarge IRNA -- Deputy Export Manager of Saipa Auto Manufacturing Company Amir Hussein
Abu-Talebi announced that the first batch of Iran-made automobiles model Xantia is ready for delivery to the French Citroen Company. Speaking to correspondents, he said the first shipment will consist of 400 automobiles which are to be delivered to France in the near future. As per contract signed between the two companies, Saipa of Iran is scheduled to manufacture some 19,800 automobiles of the same model in 18 months and is committed to deliver some 13,500 of the cars to the French party.
January 2003 / No. 21
Now on the Production Line: Xantia-SX
|Saipa has begun the production of Xantia-SX which comes with a 2000 cc injection engine and a catalytic gas outlet. The new model comes equipped with two safety airbags and an anti-lock brake system (ABS). A distinctive feature of the new car is its ability to have its height from the road surface adjusted depending on whether the road is smooth or bumpy. Also, unlike previous models produced in Iran, Xantia-SX comes equipped with an attractive CD display screen. The new generation of Xantia produced by the Saipa is manufactured in accordance with Europe’s latest standards. It is equipped with four-wheel disc brakes as well as automatic fuel stoppage system in the event of an emergency.|
Iranian car giant, France's Citroen sign new local assembly deal
Story from AFP
Copyright 2003 by Agence France-Presse (via ClariNet)
TEHRAN, July 9 (AFP) - Iranian car giant Saipa has signed a new deal with the French car maker Citroen to assemble three new models in Iran from 2004, company officials said Wednesday.
Saipa said the deal, aimed at filling gaps in Iran's luxury car market, involves production of the C5, C4 and C4 sedan models. Market prices will range from around 15,000 to 43,000 dollars.
The company said it also hoped to export the locally assembled C4.
Saipa, one of Iran's two main car makers,
presently assembles the older Citroen Xantia, as well as models from South
Korea's Kia motors and Japan's Nissan.