If only sanctions were not n place, American bus manufacturing companies like Ghilig located here in northern California could be licensing local production in Iran, providing a boost to American business. Alas, the harmful effects of sanctions are a "two-way street."
Thanks Mark. Good points too. Perhaps Iran can sell some to the Turks as their anti-Erdogan freedom fighters have burnt most of the Ankara and Istanbul bus fleets. Or maybe the idiot McCain can have the CIA arm the Turkish demonstrators and have these environmentally friendly Iranian technology ferry the arms. LOL.Oh, I forgot Iran is under deadbeat US 'sanctions" nudge nudge wink wink!
I dare say, the next round of sanctions shall hit the Iranian BUS indistry to stop Irans quest for Nuclear ......Azari by Fortune and Iranian by Grace of God.Dariush London
Mark: You got your scale wrong. US exports is well over $1.3 trillion per year. A few million dollar potential export to Iran is just peanut which US could easily do without.
Given that Tehran is one of the filthiest cities in the entire world when it comes to air pollution, let's hope that these buses actually start having some impact on the quality of air in Iran's cities.
reader!-You are too hasty!MARK is not talking about mere export.HE IS talking about licensing a production line, which means Iran could export the brand under license.it is a multi- million dollar venture which no economist can ignore!. -meanwhile Pakistan ,south Africa,joins the few countries showing some very serious interest in Iran's auto-mobile products!.
anon 10:54 AMI clearly heard your obnoxious Hebrew/American accent as you squeezed the word "filthiest" out of your mouth !Last US reporter who visited Iran was I think a man called Zakaria and he claimed Tehran to be one of the cleanest cities in the middle east, upon which he was almost fired from CNN and he had to apologise for some bogus issue supposedly guilty of.Nevertheless, I hope all anti-Iranians get cancer and drop dead.Azari by fortune and Iranian by grace of God.Dariush London
Actually newly proposed sanctions were passed one week ago in the US senate aimed at slowing the Iranian automobile sector (bus manufacturing included). Don't know if they have gone into effect yet, whether they were enacted immediately or beginning on an exact date in the future. Iran has been able to greatly enhance their civil transportation up until now because there hasn't been any specific sanctions targeting their, for one, well developed domestic bus industry. Although the adoption of the latest measures by the US will somewhat degrade Iran's ability to manufacture buses and cars, but will primarily stop Iran from exporting those kind of vehicles, consequently lowering their income even further.
@Reader: The U.S bus market, just like the rest of the U.S economy, can use any help or boost it can get. Especially for the fledgling hybrid and electric bus markets, which has been dominated by European and Asian producers as of late. Who knows...Maybe someday we will see new Boeing aircraft sold to Iran with Iranian made components in them, and Iranian brand car dealerships in the U.S...But not as long as our dear "revolutionaries" are in power...They care more about the economy of Palestine, than their "own" nation.
These round of sanctions won't to much. At this point, all the damage that can be done, has been. Stopping Iran from exporting cars to Uzbekistan is rather non-enforceable.
You've never been to Mexico City obviously, or Los Angeles prior to the late 1990's. (LA is an air quality paradise by comparison nowadays)
BMAPerhaps I should have qualified my usage of the term "export" with "export of services" which the licensing would come under. Let's not kid ourselves, Iran matters to US purely on its strategic importance and not as potential importer of its services. Do yo really think that a country that can afford to spend over 3 trillions dollars on war would care much for not earning a few million dollars from a perceived enemy?
Actually, I've been to Mexico City twice (in 2000-2001, as an ex-girlfriend of mine lived there), and I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s. I can't speak for Mexico City, but there is no comparison whatsoever between LA and Tehran:http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/08/1411501/deadly-air-pollution-iran/?mobile=nchttp://www.economist.com/node/17804554http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/03/02/smog-blog-world-class-pollution-brings-tehran-to-a-halt/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/02/tehran-air-pollution-keep_n_791093.html#s197143title=Mideast_Iran_Pollution
Care's got nothing to do with it, and I'm not sure I follow your logic here. Simply put, you don't make sense.
Oh, please...You grew up in LA in the 80's and 90's, and don't remember the smog? There ain't a Southern Californian over the age of thirty that doesn't remember having to stay home or in the classroom during recess, do to lower "man-made" atmospheric conditions.Don't get me started on Mexico City. They are the "Tehran" of Latin America.In all three cases, no matter how much you try, fossil fuel based air pollution will be a severe problem, due exclusively to the basin based mountainous terrain these cities are situated in.The solution? Go all electric for everything, and move pollution causing factories out into areas where they can "breath."
Wow,what a little racist you are.And since you're one of those "anti-Iranians" just hope your wish doesn't come true.
Dear Professor Sekanjebin joon, what is it with West-residing IRI Groupies and wishing death to others ("Death to America", "Death to England", "Death to (Fill in the Blank)? Yeah, why bother with reports from publications like The Economist and Scientific American, the reports of Tehran's residents, my own observations when I visited Iran or even the statistics of the IRI's own health officials about Tehran's air pollution leading to thousands of deaths, when I can listen to Mr. Zakaria calling Tehran "one of the cleanest cities in the Mideast" (which is like saying someone is near the top of their class in a school for mentally retarded children)? BTW, how is the view of Tehran's air from London?
Buses assembled under licence from China.
the sanctions haven't yet done as much damage as they will do over the next year. things will get much worse in Iran.
@ Dariush London,I couldn't figure it out why you are so upset about the post that you have responded to. What I can say is that you really made my day, trying to understand you logic to prove how good Tehran air purity is. PleasE keep commenting as this one was so cool!By the way if your pray for anti-Iranians to get cancer didn't work, why don't you try other unconventional methods like sorcery or voodoo?:)
all of the buses carry the HESS brand.assembled in Iran is, I surmise, what the fanboy means by "Iran-built".
Thanks for pointing that out. I've included the HESS marque in the description.What you're pointing out is that the design is from Swiss maker Carrosserie Hess, with metal stamping operations possibly taking place elsewhere. Also, it's a safe bet that electrical and other components are sourced from other parts of Asia and elsewhere. But the busses are built/assembled in the Islamic Republic by AKIA.Take notice: in the future your name calling will not be tolerated in the comments section.There's also a number of racist and profane comments that have been deleted. These are not tolerated.
It is a shame that the fundamental is sometimes misunderstood.
I would imagine that most of the main components ie drive train and chassis would be iranian produced,most likely the body panels as well,iran will no doubt have learned its lesson after the automobile production problems it had with some models when the french stopped supplying certain components,theres a youtube video on the vehiclehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhEUeXBavkc
Excuse me, but where did I say that I don't remember the smog? Of course, L.A. has smog. It's famous for it. Even though I no longer live in L.A., I can smell remember seeing the smog hanging over the San Fernando Valley as we drove on the 101 Freeway (probably most noticeable in the month of June). Though, not once did I have to stay inside for recess because of the smog. Not once. (We must have lived in different parts of the city. I lived out in the suburbs about 30-40 minutes from Downtown L.A.). That being said, Tehran is far, far dirtier now in air quality than L.A. ever was.
somebody types a comment and some graceless swine replies ....." I clearly heard your obnoxious Hebrew/American accent as you squeezed the word "filthiest" out of your mouth !"some other .... person..... saysThere's also a number of racist and profane comments that have been deleted. These are not tolerated.yet that piece of bigotry still remains posted here.
No not that. He is a true shia muslim and will depend on praying and asking his hidden Imam to "give" them cancer.
Mr Pyruz,What about "Obnoxious Hebrew/American accent, wishing people "drop dead" and being struck by "Cancer"?Apparently that is allowed. Right?
That's because Pyruz was that anonymous person that posted that bigoted comment :o)
I certainly have quite not a high opinion of Pyruz's inclination toward honesty or of his integrity or even of his knowledge of 20th century history (based upon reading his totally bogus analogies of present-day Iran and WWII Britain) but I refuse to belief that he is quite as conniving and morally/intellectually bankrupt as to post anonymous comments on his own articles.
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