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 Kamran Naghdi, the Managing Director of BMS Automotives Ltd from the United Kingdom (9%) who sold the license to manufacture, designed the prototype and provided the know how and the production plant. The production line was 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-bodied Sinad I hatchback (styled as an SUV in press releases) launched in 2000. This was followed by the facelifted Sinad II, which received a larger grille in three compartments.[4] A coupé version, the Sinad III was also presented. 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 1,600 cc (98 cu in) 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.[5] Another source states their 2001 production to have been 238 cars.[4] Their production volume in 2003 was 100 cars.[6]

In a change of direction, Kish Khodro launched the Veek MPV in 2004, which is based on the first generation Renault Scénic 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. ^ a b Mazur, Eligiusz, ed. (2002). Katalog Samochody Świata 2003 [World Car Catalogue 2003]. Warsaw, Poland: Print Shops Prego - Polska Sp. z o.o. p. 165. ISSN 1234-8198.
  5. ^ "Iran carmaker eyes expansion". Gulf News. 27 December 2001. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Kish Khodro". Auto World Directory 2006. Media Connection. ISSN 1234-8198.

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