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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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GAZ launches van production in Turkey

18 Aug 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GAZ Group has started assembly of Gazelle Next cargo van and combi van models in Turkey.


BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel

14 Aug 2017 | Simon Warburton

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel for a a fleet of 17 single-deck 12m vehicles to serve the northern port city of Haifa, the country's third largest city.


Turkish vehicle exports surge in July

10 Aug 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Turkish automotive industry provided around one fifth of all exports for the Turkish economy in July, figures issued by the Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OIB) show.


Renault signs Iran JV to swiftly raise production

7 Aug 2017 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault has inked a joint venture agreement with Iranian partners, Industrial Development & Renovation Organisation (IDRO) and Parto Negin Naseh to produce 150,000 vehicles per year in the country.


Intel $15bn Mobileye buy clears regulatory hurdles

11 Jul 2017 | Simon Warburton

Mobileye has secured approval from German and Austrian Federal Cartel Offices for its US$15bn intended takeover by Intel.


Toyota invests in 'social robotics' start-up

11 Jul 2017 | Dave Leggett

Intuition Robotics, an Israel-based developer of 'social companion technologies for positive social impact', has announced a $14m investment round led by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI).


Volkswagen re-enters Iranian car market

4 Jul 2017 | Dave Leggett

VW has announced that Iranian importer Mammut Khodro will import and distribute Volkswagen brand vehicles into Iran, starting with the Tiguan and Passat models.


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.



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