Pushing aside mounting political pressures, Renault has announced that it will go ahead with plans to build its Logan sedan in Iran as part of a joint venture.

Signed yesterday, the deal had been in doubt for some time-and not because of the nation's controversial nuclear initiative. As Autoblog reported last month, the future of the French connection was questionable after government officials balked over vehicle export percentages, shutting down production of the bare-bones vehicle.

Renault's original plans called for 250,000 Logans to be produced in Iran beginning in 2008, but that target may be under review.

[Sources: The Peninsula; Renault]