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Old 11-12-2006, 01:47 AM   #2
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Default Iran to assemble Chinese light truck next year

TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) – Saipa Diesel Co. and Foton of China are close to strike an agreement on production of a light truck in Iran, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Saturday.The six-ton Chinese lorry is now enduring the preliminary tests at Saipa and it would hit the assembly line next Iranian calendar year (to start March 21, 2007) if the test result comes out satisfactory.

The move is expected to offer a new impetus, as Saipa hopes, to both Iran’s stagnant truck market and scraping process of worn-out rigs. At 170 million rials ($18,500), the Foton may checkmark both queries.

As claimed by the manufacturer, Foton is capable of passing Euro II standards and the fuel economy of the 108-HP engine, 13 liters per 100 km, is lucrative enough to push the six-wheeler into the marketplace.

Not long ago, Saipa Diesel was involved in sales of Chinese version of Nissan light trucks with diesel engine. The company says it has no further plans to pick up this venture again.

Iran’s domestic truck manufacturers have been experiencing a slump in recent months and see inexpensive Chinese trucks as the main way out of the ‘crisis’. Nevertheless, the experts are on the say that low quality of Chinese wheels may further weaken the nation’s transportation fleet.
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