Iran Khodro Industrial Group has raised the production of cars in Iraq to 50 per day, which is expected to reach 100 as it plans to increase its working shifts at the request of the Iraqi side, Iran Khodro Company 's ( IKCO ) vice president said.
" Iran Khodro produces a variety of cars such as Runna, Samand, Soren, Peugeot Pars and Peugeot 405 in Iraq," IKCO Deputy CEO for Exports Ali Elmi was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.
Elmi added that a group of IKCO 's well-experienced engineers are based in a factory in Iskandariya, central Iraq, to monitor the production process and quality of cars.
The official also praised the high quality of Iran Khodro vehicles and proper distribution of its after-sale outlets in Iraqi cities.
Recalling the failure of foreign carmakers, including those of China, in the Iraqi market, he said the fact that Iran and Iraq share borders is a good opportunity for Iranian carmakers to upstage their rivals in the Iraqi market.
"A drop in transportation fees and supply of spare parts in the shortest time possible are among reasons for the Iraqis' higher inclination to buy cars from Iran," he said.
According to Elmi, in view of the annual production capacity of 20,000 cars, IKCO 's factory in Iraq is the company's biggest car production center outside Iran.