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Iran: 'The Patriot' - Russian SUV gains traction with car-buyers in Tehran04:21

Iran: 'The Patriot' - Russian SUV gains traction with car-buyers in Tehran

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
August 1, 2022 at 15:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian car manufacturer Ulyanovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (UAZ) has found financial success with its range of SUVs, the Patriot and Pickup, on the roads of Iran, as seen in footage captured in Tehran on Monday.

Amir Eslami, the owner of the Boutique Garage said that "approximately 2,000 Patriots have been sold in Iran in recent months," despite an unexpected suspension at the UAZ assembly line.

Tehran local, Arash Arvin, is the proud owner of one of the Russian vehicles and said his Patriot was a great choice compared with other cars on the market.

"The car is extremely big and spacious in terms of size and for me, who brings a lot of equipment on trips, it is very good. To put it simply, the car has outrun its competitors, considering its price and reliability," he said.

Potential buyer, Bashir Koorani visited a UAZ dealer and said the car drew his attention immediately.

"Through my own research, I know the UAZ company has a long-standing history in the car industry and I think it (Patriot) is of better quality than similar models in the Iran market," he said.

Koorani believes the close ties between Russia and Iran have only strengthened UAZ's position in the Iranian car market.

"I believe the reason behind the success of this imported car originated from the fact that there are no sanctions between Iran and Russia, so Iran can easily transfer money to Russia and buy the parts for this car," the car enthusiast added.

UAZ has long been a presence on Iran's highways, first reaching the Islamic republic during WWII, under the ownership of the Soviet Union. In June 2018, Iran suspended the import of western vehicles in a bid to revive its ailing automotive industry and resist sanctions. Chinese cars flooded the market but have since developed a reputation for poor reliability.

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Russian car manufacturer Ulyanovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (UAZ) has found financial success with its range of SUVs, the Patriot and Pickup, on the roads of Iran, as seen in footage captured in Tehran on Monday.

Amir Eslami, the owner of the Boutique Garage said that "approximately 2,000 Patriots have been sold in Iran in recent months," despite an unexpected suspension at the UAZ assembly line.

Tehran local, Arash Arvin, is the proud owner of one of the Russian vehicles and said his Patriot was a great choice compared with other cars on the market.

"The car is extremely big and spacious in terms of size and for me, who brings a lot of equipment on trips, it is very good. To put it simply, the car has outrun its competitors, considering its price and reliability," he said.

Potential buyer, Bashir Koorani visited a UAZ dealer and said the car drew his attention immediately.

"Through my own research, I know the UAZ company has a long-standing history in the car industry and I think it (Patriot) is of better quality than similar models in the Iran market," he said.

Koorani believes the close ties between Russia and Iran have only strengthened UAZ's position in the Iranian car market.

"I believe the reason behind the success of this imported car originated from the fact that there are no sanctions between Iran and Russia, so Iran can easily transfer money to Russia and buy the parts for this car," the car enthusiast added.

UAZ has long been a presence on Iran's highways, first reaching the Islamic republic during WWII, under the ownership of the Soviet Union. In June 2018, Iran suspended the import of western vehicles in a bid to revive its ailing automotive industry and resist sanctions. Chinese cars flooded the market but have since developed a reputation for poor reliability.