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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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Porsche to start Israeli innovation office

6 Jun 2017 | Simon Warburton

Porsche is establishing an innovation office in Israel and has invested an unspecified eight-figure sum in the Magma and Grove venture capital funds with further finance for start-ups and funds planned. 


Pininfarina inks platform design deal with IKCO

16 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Pininfarina recently announced a commercial agreement with Iran Khodro (IKCO) for the development of a modular automotive platform, able to underpin at least four different vehicles including a medium segment passenger car.


Mobileye/Nissan join over crowdsourced mapping

26 Apr 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mobileye announced that it has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate anonymised, crowd-sourced data to create next-generation precision maps utilising Mobileye's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.


Mobileye inks new map data deal with Nissan

25 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mobileye announced it had entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate 'anonymised', crowd-sourced data to create next generation precision maps using the Israel based company's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.


Delphi joins Valens over in-vehicle connectivity

7 Apr 2017 | Dave Leggett

Delphi has announced it has made a strategic investment in Valens, an Israel-based leader in signal processing capability – a key enabler for the expanding connectivity and computing needs in vehicles.


Ssangyong trucks to be assembled in Saudi Arabia

27 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Indian-owned South Korean SUV maker Ssangyong Motor signed a licensing agreement with a Saudi Arabian company at the weekend to locally assemble its vehicles in the country from 2020, according to reports in South Korea.


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.



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