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Iran Automotive Industry Outlook 2025

Iran Automotive Industry Outlook 2025

Automotive Industry Iran – Past to Present

The benefits of developing a domestic automotive industry are significant. The worldwide automotive industry is estimated to have a total cash flow of more than 2,790 billion USD with a total production capacity of approximately 90 million (PV* and CV**) and it employs more than 48 million people (directly and indirectly). Accumulated this would make up for the 7th biggest economy of the world.
The first Ford Model T’s arrived in Iran in the 1930s and by 1955 annual imports had soared to approximately 10,000 units. Nowadays the domestic Iranian automotive industry is estimated to have a yearly nominal production capacity of 2 million cars (PV and PC combined) of which around 1.09 million units of PV and CV production capacity is being utilized. It employs more than 1.5 million people (directly and indirectly) making up for 12% of the countries workforce. Furthermore it has a daily nominal production capacity of 10 million components whilst drawing input from sixty related industrial fields.
With total sales of 12 billion USD it makes up for approximately 19% of the total industry, as well as for approximately 2.5% – 3% of Iran’s GDP. Furthermore it is responsible for 14% added value creation contribution to the whole industry. The average profit of the industry is 4.5%. The Iranian automobile industry makes up for 1.2% of world production, and currently holds rank 18 to 20.

Iran Domestic Automotive History

  • 1969 : Starting the production of Citroën Dyane models
  • 1976- 1980 : Starting the production of Renault models
  •  1993 : Starting the production of KIA Pride model
  • 1995- 2001 : Peugeot Samand pilot productio of Xantia
  • 1967 :  Establishment of the stock company Citroën Iran

PV* Production in Iran [units]

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CV** Production in Iran [units]

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Major Players

Several national brands exist, such as IKCO, SAIPA, Pars Khodro, Kerman Khodro, and Bahman that produce a variety of different models (such as Samand, Tiba, Dena, etc.). IKCO and SAIPA are the biggest automotivemanufacturers and together own more than 79% of the total market share.

IKCO and SAIPA Group PV production share of their combined share of total Iran PV production [percentage] since 1968

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Iranian automobile companies

Major players

  • iran khodro companz
  • pars khodro
  • renault pars
  • volkswagen group
  • saipa corporation

Automobile and Car Components Export

Iran also looks at its automotive industry as an important sector for exporting its products to neighboring countries. In 2012 Iran exported 520 million USD worth of automobiles and car components. The situation for car and component manufacturers worsened in the following years, leading to a diminishing export value by 2013 to 263 million USD. In 2014 Iran’s share of exporting automobiles and car components was announced to be at 243 million USD. There are several reasons for the drop, however, experts concur that the key reasons are low quality and at the same time a high price.

Iran Automobile and Car Components Total Export [million USD]

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The current situation and development of iran automative industry

Currently the Iranian automobile import market is ranked on 75th place worldwide, making up for less than a percent of the global automobile and component importing market share. In 2010, its market share was 0.2 percent with a total value of 2.5 billion USD. During 2011 the market share did not change, however, the total value of it increased to 2.9 billion USD.

Economic sanctions were a big setback for Iran’s automotive industry, especially at a time when the industry was ready for major expansion.

Since the year 2012 the production output decreased by approximately 50% (from 1.4 million to 0.7 million), whilst at the same time the price of cars increased radically by about 300%. Furthermore the quality of Iranian-made cars dropped at a similarrate as well.

Import of PV brands to Iran over the past ten years

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Will foreign investment to realize iran’s automative industry

Foreign automakers have long understood the potential of Iran’s large domestic market and the combination of low labor costs and local parts production. Iran’s industrial workforce is skilled and experience, particularly relative to their compensation. The monthly minimum wage is IRR 18.34 million for the current Iranian calendar year—now equivalent to less than USD 100 per month at current exchange rates. Between 2009 and 2011, two out of every 100 cars and commercial vehicles produced worldwide was manufactured in Iran. Allowing foreign firms to be the majority shareholders of their joint ventures was an important shift in industrial policy for the “strategic” automotive sector. Such policy was also intended to address the long-running issue of inefficiency and poor productivity among the state-owned automakers.

 Sanction Situation and Impacts

Over the past years sanctions have had a serious effect on Iran’s economy and its people. Since 1979 the United States has led international efforts to utilize sanctions in order to influence Iran’s policies, including Iran’s uranium enrichment program which Western governments fear is intended for developing the capability to produce nuclear weapons.


  • EU Sanctions Started since 2007 intensified since 2008
  • US Sanctions Started since 1997 Intensified since 2007
  • UN Sanctions Started since 2006 Intensified since 2008

Sanction Impacts

Despite the fact that Iran’s economy has been suffering from the effects of intensified international sanctions since 2007, different industrial sectors have shown deviating levels of instability. Since 2010, the Iranian total passenger car production dropped considerably, as a direct effect of the sanctions impact on the automotive sector.

Chinese Competition

Chinese automotive companies have gained a wide presence in the Iranian automotive market since 2010 by taking advantage of the sanction situation, mostly through cooperation’s with domestic automakers (mainly the private ones).

One of the major players Chinese in Iran was Chery, however, ever since many other brands have entered adding up to a total of ten today. Those ten Chinese automakers have so far launched 30 different models in a variety of price ranges.

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