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5New Iranian law could boost EVs, hybrids

A change in Iranian trade law could help promote the sale of hybrid and electric vehicles. EVs and hybrids with engines 2.5-liters or smaller are no longer subject to import tariffs, reports the Tehran Times. Iran intends to completely eliminate car import tariffs within two years, according to Iranian Member of Parliament Ali Alilou, who has also urged the government to stop pumping money into the auto industry.

23Daimler reportedly cutting ties with Iran over nuclear program

With pressure mounting on Iran to halt its nuclear program, Daimler is reportedly joining the growing list of businesses – German ones especially – that are reducing their commercial activities with the rogue nation.

AddIran's Samand Soren boasts the world's most powerful natural-gas car engine

Iran's most important car manufacturer, Iran Khodro, has announced they are developing the world's most powerful natural gas engine. The engine is installed in the marque's latest model, the Samand Soren (a car which can trace its roots to the Peugeot 405). Although this claim should be checked against the VW Passat TSI EcoFuel, Iran Khodro claims that the Samand Soren ELX produces 150hp and that the engine is Euro IV compliant. No other specifications were announced. Natural gas is a solution t

43Iranian automaker expands, steps up hybrid effort

Iran's largest automaker, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), cut the ribbon on its first European production facility last week in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, making the IKCO Samand (pictured) the first Islamic car produced in Europe.

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