Iran Khodro, the biggest automobile producer in the Middle East inaugurated a new assembly plant in the African country of Senegal. Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade, asked for Iran Khodro cars, Bardo pick-up and Peugeot Roa besides Samand passenger car to be produced in SENIRAN AUTO and be exported to the West African countries, said IKCO CEO and president, Manouchehr Manteghi.
During the inauguration ceremony of SENIRAN AUTO in Senegal Manteghi emphasized: Considering Iran Khodro’s strategic plans for its global sales, Central Asian, Middle Eastern and North and West African countries are our points of interest. Senegal’s special position in the region, neighboring seven countries with political an economical ties helped us to make up our mind for establishing a site in this country.
Mentioning that this production line is not a uni-functional one, he added: Right now, Samand passenger car under the name of “Mandory” is produced in this site; however Bardo pick-up, Peugeot Roa, and Pars can also be produced by this assembly line if needed.
Referring to IKCO’s car making site in Senegal, Manteghi claimed that foreign companies have already announced their willingness for manufacturing their products in this site.
Renewing public transportation in Senegal has been one of the sources of interest for Senegal’s government based on which 2000 Samand made their way to this country, he added. According to Manteghi, around 60 million dollars have been invested on Samand assembly site in Senegal with Iran Khodro and Senegalese government and private sector together putting in 60 and 40 percent respectively.
It’s noteworthy that Iran Khodro has established one of the biggest after-sale service centers in Senegal in an 8 square meter ground.
source : AutoChannel