• Aug 13th 2007 at 6:36PM
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As the entire industry looks towards China as a new vehicle for growth, Chinese automakers are investing heavily outside of the country in places as diverse as the Ukraine, Brazil and Egypt. The latest offsite location is Iran, where China's largest automaker Chery Auto has announced plans to build a new $370 million plant in the northern city of Babol.

Chery is partnering with Iran's biggest automaker Khodro, as well as Canadian investment firm Solitac, to start assembly of its compact S21 sedan in the Middle-Eastern country. The cars, which will arrive as knocked-down kits from China, will be sold in Iran and neighboring countries and could be followed by even more models in the near future.

This latest deal is just one of several international ventures that Chery has under its belt. Earlier this month, Fiat announced its plans with Chery to build Alfa Romeos for sale in China and you'd have to be living under a rock to not know about the deal between it and Chrysler to develop a new minicar for eventual sale in the US.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Its a good move Iran is a good place to set up shop in the Middle East. Big consumer base and conditions there. Too bad Bush and his cronies wont let Americans invest there.

      Clinton also axed a GM plan in 1997 to make Buicks there I should ad.
        Greg A.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Ian: Somehow I doubt Iraqi suicide bombers care how well the cars they are given perform in crash tests.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Iran censors pornography only like many countries. Porn runs on Port80 of the internet protocal so it is easily blocked from a countries broad network.
        As for youtube, you are not completely correct. There are tons of iranian clips on Youtube that come from Iran.

        Also, If you go to alexa which is an internet site that monitors traffic, Iranians go on youtube regularly and it ranked 6th this morning when i checked.

        Youtube ranks 14th in the united States. Yahoo number 1, MSN number 2, Google number 3......
      • 8 Years Ago
      Enough of these deathtraps in Iran may mean the US won't have to invade after all. Go Chevy, er, Chery!
      • 8 Years Ago

      Do you mean America?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Hey, they only have a couple of countries left in the middle east to subdue. Then they will have control of all the oil they can burn. Calling Iran "terrorists" is just a new term for resistance.
        • 8 Years Ago
        You are correct Barney.
        Anyways everyone in the world has no problem with Iran including countries like Britain, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Japan and South Korea. These are countries fighting in Iraq by the way but are not for any confrontation with Iran.

        As long as we get rid of Fear Mongering Stephen Harper we will be fine. It would be sad to see USA come to its senses in 2008 yet Canada go rightwing next election.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Go terrorism!

      This will go down very well for Chery's prospects in America.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Every time I see Chery I see Chevy! There is no way that this name will make it here. Plus these cars will bring a whole new meaning to Compact..... Also anyone that thinks Iran can be trusted is just a fool......
      • 8 Years Ago
      And if we're really lucky, Ahmanutjob will send Iranian-made Cherys to Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Il, Osama bin Laden and the leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok so this thing is smaller than the other one that was just crashed tested and it did beyond poor. If we ever see Chinese cars it will be many, many years from now. What turds! And I see they are just as creative as the Koreans. Arent those the headlights and turns signals from the 96 Taurus?
      • 8 Years Ago
      don't buy these chinese cars, don't spend the money. It just goes to subs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hot damn that's one sweet looking car in the pic. Who in their right mind wouldn't want that? Lucky iranians.
        • 8 Years Ago
        That thing even when it's stationary looks like it's this close -- to tilt on its side.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is getting ridiculous. How do the chinese expect to compete on the world stage and get respect by continuing to rip off other automakers? This thing is a chey aeo with a different nose! Holy crap! If thats not bad enough, there communist! Now there setting up shop in Iran?! Be honest, how many of you morons will buy one of these chinese cars because the price is right? Your the same people who don't vote, only care about you you you, and wouldn't serve your country if the chinese were storming long beach. Sick. This country is screwed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suggest running this POS car in an offset crash test at 50 MPH after replacing the test dummy with Ahmadinejad.

      He be a worthy substitute--certainly with respect to the dummy part!
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