Iran Khodro Plans Euro IV-Compliant Engine Family Despite Looming Sanctions

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
iran khodro plans euro iv compliant engine family despite looming sanctions

Even as the EU sanctions continue to add up, Iran’s national car maker is going in the opposite direction. Iran Khodro is set to launch a new engine family that will comply with the latest Euro-IV emissions regulations for use in their Peugeot-based models.

The new motors, dubbed the XUM series, can run on gasoline or natural gas, and will be installed in the IKCO Samand and the Iranian-built Peugeot 405. The XUM engine is scheduled to go into mass production in June, but Peugeot parent company PSA has recently suspended parts shipments to IKCO, impeding production of vehicles like the 405. While Iranian business only accounts for 1.5 percent of PSA’s annual revenue, IKCO is highly dependent on Peugeot. The Samand is only sold in Belarus, Russia and Switzerland, which are non-EU countries. IKCO may be taking its environmental lead from the EU, but their wares aren’t going to be sold there anytime soon – or anywhere, if the sanctions are successful.

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  • Fabriced28 Fabriced28 on Apr 10, 2012

    Just to clear one point: this car is not sold in Switzerland. Apart from a press release on IKCO website, you will not find a trace of this car anywhere in Switzerland. By the way, Euro 5 is now needed throughout Europe to sell cars (not only EU, also EEA for Norway and Switzerland). That kind of car has no place in a free market, that's why you'll find it in Belarus or Venezuela.

  • Cmoibenlepro Cmoibenlepro on Apr 10, 2012

    Switzerland? Is it a joke? Why would they buy this junk that look like an old 90s crap?

  • Lilpoindexter Lilpoindexter on Apr 10, 2012

    The hypocrisy in American diplomatic policy is tied directly to whomever owns us.... China...a communist country can send us all the crap we want..yet Cuba is discriminated against. Iran has to open themselves to UN inspections, yet our "strongest ally in the middle east" gets a free