Iran Khodro (IKCO) has launched a locally developed model called the Runna which appears to be based on the Peugeot 206/7 sedans sold in emerging markets such as Brazil and China.

Although photos show a car very similar to the 206 (the doors appear identical), ICKO said the Runna is built on a platform, "the intellectual property of which belongs to IKCO" and will be launched both in Iran and export markets.

The automaker said the Runna is the first Iranian car to meet pedestrian impact standards based on European directive 2003/102/EC and can meet Euro IV and V pollution standards.

Engine options will include 1.6 litre petrol, 1.7 litre CNG and diesel units. IKCO said it planned to offer the diesel version in "global markets with demand for such cars".

IKCO launched the Peugeot Pars automatic and diesel 206SD models last February, becoming the first Iranian carmaker to produce diesel-powered passenger cars.

The Runna will be launched by March 2010 and built at a rate of 150,000 units a year, with 25% for export.

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