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Briefing: Iran's auto industry (2)

31 Mar 2016 | Calum MacRae

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s c...


Briefing: Iran's auto industry (1)

24 Mar 2016 | Calum MacRae

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s c...


Comment - Are suppliers ready for Iran reset?

15 Jan 2016 | Simon Warburton

As I write this, the world could be just hours away from witnessing the end to one of its most extraordinary and long-running geopolitical s...


COMMENT: Iran coiled spring bursting to unwind

17 Jul 2015 | Simon Warburton

It's been glacially slow in evolving, but could one of the longest-running sanctions sagas in modern times be about to draw to a close?...


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INTERVIEW: FIEV VP Arnaud de David-Beauregard

16 Dec 2013 | Simon Warburton

Tehran recently hosted the Iran Auto Industry International Conference, featuring 170 delegates from 20 countries, an event of significant importance as the chances of relations warming with the West look ever greater.

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PSA looks to Iran regional export post-sanctions

14 Feb 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is "very, very keen" to use its burgeoning relationships with Iranian automakers as a springboard for exports to the Middle East.


PSA eyes 60% Iran localisation as JVs ramp up

14 Feb 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is aiming for a localisation rate of up to 60% in Iran with its SAIPA joint-venture as the pace of automotive development ramps higher following the ending of most international economic sanctions.


Tesla starts Dubai sales

13 Feb 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla has started selling its luxury electric cars in Dubai, its first venture into the Middle East, a media report said.


Evonik opens new coatings additives lab in Turkey

7 Feb 2017 | Simon Warburton

Evonik has opened a new coating additives laboratory at its Tuzla, Istanbul site to support customers in Turkey and the Middle East.


Toyota to establish hydrogen-based society in UAE

17 Jan 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors in a joint research program to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society.


Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal

16 Jan 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil' actually began in October 2016 to dealers worldwide.


Autotalks and RoyalTek team on pedestrian safety

9 Jan 2017 | Simon Warburton

V2X provider, Autotalks and RoyalTek, a global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite navigation company, are teaming to develop a solution for vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) technology.


Faurecia inks third Iran joint-venture

2 Dec 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has signed its third Iranian joint-venture agreement, with emissons controls the latest technology unveiled.


New McLaren chief credits predecessor

29 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

New McLaren executive director Zak Brown reportedly has credited the sportscar maker Formula One team's ousted veteran head Ron Dennis for his recent appointment.


BYD expands Middle East operations with Karmania

25 Nov 2016 | Simon Warburton

BYD has become the first company to supply pure electric vehicles to Iran, while its partnership with the country's largest private passenger car manufacturer Kerman khodro will also see the Shenzhen-based company export other products to Iran including hybrids, electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries.



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