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    Read This: How automakers stand to benefit from Iran
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    The big global news of late is a deal that sees a number of major powers easing some sanctions on Iran in return for the Middle Eastern nation scaling back its nuclear program. This thawing of relations between Iran and the West could have far-reaching impacts in both the near and long term, ...

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    Read This: 'Top Gear'... beloved in Iran?
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    It's true. Top Gear has been hitting airwaves in Iran since 2009, and since then, the program has garnered an impressive following. Mozaffar Shafeie, an actor who translates Jeremy Clarkson's musings into Farsi for the show, routinely finds himself signing autographs for fans. While the BBC can't ...

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    Video: Watch this man's natural-gas pickup explode as he refuels it
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    We've reported before on the proliferation of natural-gas powered vehicles in the heavily oil-sanctioned state of Iran. Now we've got some further very dramatic circumstantial evidence that not all of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles are as safe as their Iranian owners would hope. It's ...

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    Report: Maserati and Lamborghini pull out of Iran
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    Daimler is out, Toyota is out, Porsche is out, Hyundai, PSA Peugeot-Citroën are out and when it comes to selling cars in Iran, now Maserati and Lamborghini are out, too. The definitive pullouts of those last two automakers are said to be reactions to a press conference held by a group called ...

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    Report: Iran invests heavily in natural gas cars
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    A report in the Financial Times says that in Iran in 2006 there were 1,500 dual-fuel cars – those that can run on gasoline and on natural gas. In only seven years that number has climbed to 2.95 million. To serve them, where there were once just 60 refilling stations there are now 2,500. ...

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    Video: CNG tank explodes while owner fills up
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    A driver in Iran recently had a scare when his car exploded at a filling station. Details are scarce surrounding the video below, but from what we can discern, the driver of the white Iran Khodo Samand backed into the station and the attendant began filling his tank. When the driver and popped ...

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    Official: Fiat suspends sales to Iran, cites diplomacy issues
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    Fiat, Italy's largest automaker and the company in control of Chrysler, has announced that it is suspending sales to Iran amidst a wave of global sanctions against the Middle Eastern country's nuclear efforts. The automaker says this includes passenger cars, trucks and buses under its Iveco ...

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    Porsche officially stops doing business in Iran
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    Iran just became a bit less interesting for automotive enthusiasts with the announcement by Porsche that it will no longer do business there. The announcement was made Monday by United Against Nuclear Iran and New York Public Advocate Bill De Blasio. "Consumers here have the power to force ...

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    Report: Shell struggles to pay $1B oil bill to Iran due to sanctions
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    With the price of a barrel of oil beyond $100 per drum, global oil powerhouse Royal Dutch Shell is raking in some serious coin. But while Shell is bringing in the big bucks, it still cannot pay one very important client. Bloomberg is citing four sources who claim that Shell is finding it ...

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    Followup: Ahmadinejad's Peugeot reportedly sells for $2.5M
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    1977 Peugeot 504 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The auction on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 1977 Peugeot 504 officially closed earlier this week with winning bid of $2.5 million. The funds are set to be used to build housing for low-income families. According to MSNBC, ...

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    Report: Ahmadinejad's tired 1977 Peugeot 504 draws $1M bid
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    Peugeot 504 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently put his 1977 Peugeot 504 on the auction block. The original price for a '77 504 was in the neighborhood of $9,000, and a used one like Ahmadinejad's could fetch $2,000 in its local market. ...

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    Get a high-res look at the other stars of the Top Gear holiday special
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    Top Gear spends Christmas in the Middle East – Click above to view high-res image gallery
    The three wise-asses-men of Top Gear were handed a new challenge for their 2010 holiday special: Travel 1,200 miles west to Bethlehem, driving through northern Iraq, Syria and a few other Middle ...

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    Iran's Ahmadinejad auctioning his '77 Peugeot 504 for charity
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    Peugeot 504 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Given the manner is which demonstrations are put down by the Islamic Republic, populism may not seem like a key element in Iran's political system. But in an effort to gain support from lower classes during his campaign, Iranian ...

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    Iranians can't buy Toyotas anymore
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    The current situation over in Iran is pretty grim, what with major countries like the United States and Europe imposing new sanctions on the Middle Eastern country. The reason? International concern over the country's nuclear program. Because of this situation, Toyota has decided to cease ...

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    Daimler reportedly cutting ties with Iran over nuclear program
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    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. Daimler has strong business ties in Iran, principally centered ...

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    Chery planning to set up shop in Iran
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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 ...

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    Iran-built Renault Logan gets green light again after political wrangling
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    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 ...

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    Iran grinds Renault joint-venture to a halt
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    Iran is putting a crimp in Renault's plans. The French automaker had teamed up with the nation as part of a joint-venture to build the bare-bones Logan (L90), but now finds itself in a bind as authorities in Tehran have nixed the plan, apparently over a disagreement over the export futures of the ...

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    Iran's car industry aspires to build an engine of its own
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    So, Iran looks to be one of the Next Big Things for automakers in their chase to find lower cost manufacturing, but it's clear that the country's auto industry has much bigger aspirations than serving as China's slave labor. Iran already imports "knockdown kits" from Asia, but in an ...

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