IRAN: IKCO confirms Runna hatchback production for 2014
Iran Khodro says it will begin building a hatchback version of its Runna small sedan from early in 2014. The company insists in a statement that this Peugeot 206-based model has been designed "without any help from foreign sources".
The Runna hatchback will initially be powered by a 1.6-litre engine, Seyed Ahmad Modir Ghomi, the manager of engineering department, is quoted as saying. Later, it will become available with the IKCO EF7 engine as well.
Of total Runna production, some 30 percent is expected to be for the hatchback, with the remainder taken up by the existing sedan.
IKCO plans to produce the hatchback in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Syria, Senegal and Venezuela as well as at Iran's domestic production plants. The company intends to export the car to the Middle East and West of Asia, Russia and CIS region countries, West and North Africa and South America.
Author: Glenn Brooks
Hatchback Runna in IKCO Production and Export Portfolio
In order to meet customers' satisfaction and preference, especially young car lovers, IKCO has decided to present the hatchback model of its newly self-developed sedan, Runna.
Given the intellectual property of Runna belongs to IKCO; the company intends to add to the diversification of the car and produce the hatchback type too.
Seyed Ahmad Modir Ghomi, the manager of engineering department announced that the production of hatchback Runna would be started in early 2014.
According to Runna project manager, hatchback Runna would enjoy the same 1600cc engine under the hood that powers the sedan model; but later it would be outfitted with IKCO EF7 engine too.
The manager of engineering department enunciated target markets' interest in IKCO Runna and said, "The most important target markets for IKCO Runna are CIS countries like Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Middle East countries like Iraq and Tunisia.
IKCO plans to allocate 30 present of Runna production portfolio to the hatchback model and the rest to the sedan one, but it is the market that determines the figures in the future.
Runna is IKCO's second self-developed car, designed and developed after Samand. Prior to this, IKCO had presented Runna sedan that was warmly welcomed by the customers.
Runna has been designed and developed by Iranian engineers without any help from foreign sources.
Runna has been designed to develop IKCO brand and platforms. The car meets global most recent standard requirements in emission, safety, durability and quality.
IKCO plans to produce hatchback Runna in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Syria, Senegal and Venezuela as well as Iran's domestic production plants. The company intends to export the car to the Middle East and West of Asia, Russia and CIS region countries, West and North Africa and South America.
Original source: http://www.ikcopress.com/EN/News.aspx?docID=16273