Proton sells 5,000 Wajas to Iran for use as taxis

  • Business
  • Saturday, 10 Nov 2007

TEHERAN: Proton has further boosted its export market with an order to supply 5,000 units of the Waja to be used as taxis in Iran. 

The Proton Wajas would replace old taxis as part of the US$200mil urban public transportation renewal initiative spearheaded by Zagross Khodro Car Industries Co, its sole assembler and distributor in Iran. 

Proton Waja is marketed as “Impian,” in Iran and a few other export markets. 

Proton Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said the supply of 5,000 Proton Impian taxis took the partnership between Proton and Zagross Khodro to new heights as it would drive a new taxi operators’ model in Iran. 

“Spurred by this, we have put in efforts to expedite the commencement of assembly operations of the Gen2 in Zagross Khodro’s plant in Broujerd. 

“Once gazetted, this would be the second assembly operation of Proton cars in Iran after the Wira,” he said in his speech after the unveiling of the new taxi here. 

Sales of Proton cars in Iran have totalled 9,634 units since its entry into the country’s automotive market in 2002.  

It would also raise prospects for higher exports by Proton with the Iranian government’s plan to increase the current taxi car population of 70,000 to 100,000 units. – Bernama  

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