Mercedes-Benz: No plan for production line in Iran

Business Materials 19 February 2016 09:03 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19

By Farhad Daneshvar - Trend:

Mercedes-Benz, a multinational division of the German manufacturer Daimler AG, has denied reports suggesting that it plans to establish a joint production line with Iran.

"It is not our main goal to inaugurate a production line in Iran," Mehr news agency quoted Steffen Baumann, an official with Mercedes-Benz, as saying Feb. 17.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the start of a new era of cooperation between Iran and the German company in Tehran.

Speaking about how Mercedes-Benz will cooperate with Iran in the post-sanctions era, Baumann said the German manufacturer plans to sell completely built-up cars in Iran and improve its after-sales services in the Islamic Republic.

He also said that Mercedes-Benz will gradually improve its footprint in the country after studying the market.

Meanwhile, he didn't rule out the possibility of re-launching an assembly line in Iran.

Expressing positive views on business in Iran, Baumann called on Tehran to pave a way for the sale of hybrid and electric cars as well.

In turn, Ali Namakin, a representative of Iran Khodro, a domestic carmaker, expressed hope that the country would import about 200 Mercedes cars in the next Iranian calendar year, which will start March 21.

International sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted in mid-January.