Khodrocar – SUV segment became one of the most popular classes in Iran in a way that currently, many brands and models exist in the roads and streets. During the earlier decades, these class of cars were counted as "off-road” vehicles but with the reduction of their fuel consumption and prices, these vehicles entered the cities and streets.
One of the important factors is their low fuel consumption and availability. Particularly, the Chinese automotive industry, with its well-priced equipped SUVs, has had a significant impact on the sales prosperity of the bulky cars to the markets of Asia and our country.
In the first half of this year, SUVs had 34 percent of car sale’ share globally. Compared to the last year, the share of SUVs sales increased by 14 percent and reached 15 million vehicles. 57.2 percent of this shares belongs to C-SUVs, 35.2 percent goes to D-SUVs and 5 percent for B-SUVs.
In the second Tehran’s International Autoshow, the presence of SUVs in every automakers booth was remarkable and that shows the popularity of these vehicles.
What attracted the attention of everyone at the exhibition was the presence of Chinese, Indians, French and Taiwanese with a good variety of cars including SUVs. But with the "Ban of Vehicle Imports” huge percent of them are not going to be imported anymore.
Chinese SUVs: The Most Divers
One of the main reasons for the boom of CUVs and SUVs is the investment of Chinese companies to assemble this class of vehicle inside our country. Their vehicles have good prices and acceptable volume of technology. JAC, Lifan, Chery, BYD, Brilliance, Dongfeng, Haval, Haima, Changan and Foton are domesticly produced brands. Mahindra, Bisu and BAIC are three other that are going to join them soon.
PSA inked few contracts with Iran after JCPOA and it could have been the first European company to produce first European SUV in Iran but after the United States exist from Iran’s nuclear deal, they gave up investing in Iran.
SUV’s Situation after the Vehicle Import Ban
Brands like Renualt, Toyota, Nissan, DS, Luxgen, VW, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, Mitsubishi, Volvo, SsangYong, Borgward, Jaguar-Land Rover and many other companies are not allowed to import their vehicle to Iran anymore due to the ban of vehicle imports.
SsangYong to be Produced in Iran Again
After the assembly of models including Rexton and Muso in 2001, this time, Ramak Khodro that is the official representation of this Korean car company in Iran imported models including Tivoli, Actyon, XLV and Rexton G4. Now, there are some news about the construction of new production line for "Tivoli” in Iran.
Saipa Group: Producer of the First Iranian SUV
After introducing Roham (Iranian Sedan), it seems that this company is now going for new sub-compact crossover, which can fill the vacancies of other products for Iranians.
First Camouflaged SUV in Iran’s History
In the past days, images of a camouflaged SUV in Tehran have been published in the press, announcing the launch of a new product in the near future in our country. In the world, it is common that the automakers cover their new products, in order not be recognizable and test them. Now it seems that Iranian automakers are doing the same thing for their new products. According to the information, the car’s name is Landfort and Zamyad Co. is going to provide it. Two options available for the engine: Natural and turbocharged gasoline engine.
Khodrocar Reporter: Fazel Souri
Khodrocar Translator: Maziyar Jafarieh