Nice looking exterior.
But with all it's exposure to the top quality Volkswagen and General Motors of its partners, it surprises me to see SAIC produce such a low quality leather interior. There are so many wrinkles, bumps, and even some irregular stitching.
Also I am at a loss to understand the appeal of this faux wood grain on the console. I have also seen such a pattern on a Lexus 450 steering wheel. In my view this attempt to copy doesn't do nature justice. Shouldn't wood grain look something like it does in the forest, and produce a warm feeling?
As sanctions on the country slowly begin to bite, import of components becomes difficult, and foreign companies (Renault, PSA, Hyundai, Mazda) pack up or refuse to cooperate, Iran is looking more and more towards China as a partner to help continue to keep the economy chugging along, albeit at a reduced pace.
The latest poster boy of this Sino-Iranian automotive cooperation is the MG RX5. A production line for this model was inaugurated last week and the first few units have rolled out. However, the agreement on making this car in Iran was already concluded late last year, before the JCPOA was jeopardized.
The MG-badged RX5 is being assembled, initially by SKD method, by Farda Automobile Manufacturing Co., a company belonging to the Gerami Business Group (GBG). The factory in Semnan, formerly owned by Iran Khodro, was privatized some years ago and currently produces Samand or Peugeot Pars on contract for IKCO.
Specifications for the local market will be divulged closer to launch.