Above: Saipa Tiba / KIA Pride platform
Below are Iran auto production figures for Khordad 1392 / ~June 2013 (Source: Ivma.ir:)
(Table: matgasnier at Best Selling Car Blog)
Additional observations from matgasnier at Best Selling Car Blog:
The Saipa Pride is back above 20,000 monthly units for the first time so far in 1392 to 20,834, however down 18% on last year. In second place we find the only model in the Top 5 to to enjoy a year-on-year: the Peugeot Pars, basically a 1987 Peugeot 405, is up 9% to 6,336 units and is now also #2 year-to-date at 11,709 units. The Iran Khodro Samand is back up 5 spots on last month to round up the podium at 3,279 units, down 68% year-on-year, and is followed by the Peugeot 405 (-74%) and Renault Tondar 90 (aka Dacia Logan at -55%).
Because at the same time last year they were either still kick-starting their production or had it interrupted, both the Saipa Tiba at #6 and 2,829 units (+131%) and the Iran Khodro Runna at #7 and 1,987 (+3386%) post impressive year-on-year growths, however they remain far from their best monthly volumes. Notice also the Chery MVM315 (aka Fulwin 2) at +434% year-on-year, however the Khordad 1392 production figure is estimated and will be confirmed next month.Due to sanctions, Iranian car production continues to adjust away from Western and towards Asian model types. Barring a rapprochement with the West, this trend will continue.