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TIN news:    The Iranian trade ministry stressed the auto industry’s resolve to boost car-manufacturing with the highest possible quality, and said auto-manufacturing witnessed 72.2 percent growth in the last Iranian calendar month (March 21-April 20) in comparison with the same period last year.
 
Iranian car-makers manufactured 40,531 vehicles in the first month of the calendar year, showing 72.7 percent growth from a year ago, the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade’s source said.
 
Iran produced 23,473 vehicles in the same period last year.
 
During the same month, 5,393 pickups and 209 trucks were also manufactured.
 
Iran-Khodro (IKCO), Saipa and Pars-Khodro are the three leading Iranian car manufacturers which enjoy lion’s share in the country’s car production.
 
Iran and the Middle-East’s largest car manufacturing company, Iran-Khodro, plans to manufacture 600 thousand passenger cars and pick-ups by March 2015, its president said in mid-April.
 
“Iran-Khodro is supposed to improve its car making capabilities in a four-year plan; to achieve this it needs to present a new car with IKCO brand every other year,” IKCO CEO and president Hashem Yeke Zare said.
 
“We are determined to export 30 percent of our products up to 2015,” emphasized the CEO.
 
Yeke Zare also referred to after-sales services as one of his main concerns, the quality of which would allow boost in sales. To the IKCO CEO, customers are the company’s main stakeholders, the satisfaction of whom can be gained not just by production numbers and figures, but by the quality of products and after-sales services.

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