Deputy Minister of Industries for Metals Affairs Mohammad Ali Seyed-Abrishami said that the total domestic automobile production has topped 360,000 units in the current Iranian year (started March 20), posting a 25 percent increase compared to the previous year. Speaking at a seminar entitled 'Long term prospects for vehicle industry', he added that if sufficient attention is paid to research and software applications in the industry, automobile production can be expanded to 500,000 units annually in the next two years.