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ECONOMY: Automakers Promise Exports, As Buyers Return New Cars for Repairs
More buyers return defective domestic new cars to manufacturers’ authorized repair shops, but auto industry executives boast of future exports. The lowering of import duties will soon make foreign cars less expensive, threatening the protected domestic industry. July 11, 2004 - Auto manufacturers claim that their joint production deals with German, French, South Korean and Italian companies will help realize their long-held dream of competing in foreign markets. But car buyers complain that, despite repeated promises, domestic cars continue to lag behind imports in quality. And, the state-ran car makers take months to repair their defective products, frustrating buyers who had already waited months to take delivery of a car they have to pay for in advance.
A Tehran motorist tells Radio Farda’s Tehran correspondent Ashkan Pazouki that the doors on his new car make a strange noise. Another motorist says the gear box of his new car was defective from day one, and the company’s own technicians said it must be replaced.
The domestic automakers have increased their production capacity, but will soon face stronger competition from imports, since the government has lowered import duties from 180 percent to 130 percent of the cars’ costs, Pazouki says.