Saipa Tiba

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Tiba Kermanshah.jpg
Manufacturer SAIPA
Production 2009–present Iran (by Saipa)
Assembly Kashan, Iran
Designer Italdesign Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 4-door saloon, 5-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, Front-wheel drive
Platform KIA Pride
Related KIA Pride, KIA RIO, Geely CK
Engine Inline-4, 1.5 L, petrol
Length 4,105 mm (162 in)
Width 1,635 mm (64 in)
Height 1,484 mm (58 in)
Curb weight 1,013 (2,233 lb)

Tiba (gazelle) is an Iranian car made by Saipa, that was unveiled in December 2008 as "Miniator". The car was originally named "Miniator", based on the "S81" platform.[1]

Price has been estimated to be less than 10,000 dollars.[2] The car uses an improved KIA Pride platform, but its safety is relatively unknown, as the producing company (Saipa) has not had the car tested by a 3rd-party or crash tested it by itself. In its production the services of some 122 local manufacturers have been utilized and about 810 parts have been produced.[3]

A new subsidiary, Kashan Saipa will take up production of the car. The share of Tiba in Saipa’s exports is expected to be around 20 percent by 2011.[4][5]

Technical Specifications[edit]

A white Saipa Tiba made in Iran
Engine Horse Power
SOHC 1.5L 80/5200 126/3200

Along with being built on a modified KIA Pride's platform, the Tiba is also powered by KIA Pride's 4-cylinder 80 hp 1497cc engine and 5-speed manual transmission, which were both modified in size and power by the German FEV company, with a fuel economy of 42MPG (5.6L/100 km) in highways and 33MPG in the cities. (7.2L/100 km) The car is also relatively well-equipped, with a CD Player, anti-theft technology, customizable seat position and front light angle, and automatic front windows.[6] Only 20% of all auto-parts used in the production of the Saipa Tiba cars are domestically manufactured.[7]

The car's safety features are weak, however, as only a single driver's airbag and an ABS have been installed on base-models. Despite this fact, another airbag for the passenger, along with other accessories such as automatic rear windows, auto-climate control, aluminium rims, and a remote control can optionally be ordered during purchase.[8]

Tiba 211 (Hatchback)[edit]

Recently unveiled in a ceremony hosted and organized by Saipa,[9] it is the hatchback version of Saipa Tiba. It can be expected that the hatchback will be fitted with the same engine as its sedan counterpart.[10]

Although no price has yet been specified, Saipa has suggested that the car will be available for sale in the near future.

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