Kish Khodro

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Kish Khodro was an Iranian car company established in 1995 and registered in Kish Island. It was owned by Mohammad Saffari (51%), Bank of Industry and Mine (40%)[1] and BMS (9%) who designed the first vehicle, launched in 2000.[2] Company ownership changed to 52%/41%/7% in 2002.[3]

The purpose for creation of Kish Khodro was to produce a vehicle named Sinad. The air conditioned vehicle has a 1600 cc Renault K7M engine and mechanical components. The Sinad body was manufactured using the Vacuum Injection Shell Process (VISP) The Sinad was successfully crash tested and obtained the MIRA/VCA certification allowing Sinad circulation in the UK, Europe and in other parts of the world. The front traction Jeep look- alike vehicle was named Sinad in Iran where some 1800 Sinads were manufactured.

Models[edit]

Their original model was the plastic-bodies Sinad I hatchback (styles as an SUV in press releases) launched in 2000. This was followed by the differently styled Sinad II and a coupe version, the Sinad III. In 2003 the Axon 5-door estate version of the Sinad was launched. The development of the car was undertaken by BMS Automotives Ltd of United Kingdom based on an existing Renault model and a concept by International Automotive Design. The air conditioned vehicle named Sinad in Iran and Sultan for export markets has a 1600 cc Renault K7M engine and mechanical components. The Sinad body was manufactured using the Vacuum Injection Shell Process. The Sinad was successfully crash tested and obtained the MIRA/VCA certification allowing the Sinad circulation in the UK, Europe and in other parts of the world. After production of a claimed 900 units in the first year, the company said they would increase their production to 3,600 in 2002.[4] Their production volume in 2003 was 100 cars.[5]

In a change of direction, Kish Khodro launched the Veek MPV in 2004, which is based on the first generation Renault Scenic but with a new front design.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIDDLE EAST ECONOMIC DIGEST". The advertisers' guide to the Middle East. 1996. p. 19. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kish Khodro rolls out newsports-utility car". Express India. 21 May 2000. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iran carmaker eyes expansion". Pakistan Economist. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Iran carmaker eyes expansion". Gulf News. 27 December 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kish Khodro". Auto World Directory 2006 (Media Connection). ISSN 1234-8198. 

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