TEHRAN – Iran has been ranked as the 19th largest automaker in the world in 2021, according to the latest report from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).
Based on OICA data, Iranian automakers produced 894,298 vehicles in 2021, a two percent increase from 2020, IRNA reported.
Iran’s car production in 2021 was higher than many industrialized countries such as Italy with 795,000 units, South Africa with 499,000 units, Poland with 439,000 units, Portugal with 289,000 units, Taiwan with 265,000 units, Belgium with 261,000 units, Austria with 136,000 units , Finland with 93,000 units and Egypt with 23,000 units.
In 2021, China was by far the largest automaker in the world, followed by the United States. Chinese car production this year amounted to 26,082,000 units. Car production in China grew by about three percent in 2021. China produces nearly three times as many cars as the United States.
The United States was in second place with 9.167 million units and Japan was in third place with 7.846 million units. India with a production of 4.399 million units, South Korea with 3.462 million, Germany with 3.308 million units, Mexico with 3.145 million units and Brazil with 2.248 million were respectively the largest automakers in the world.
Iran plans to reform its auto industry to increase both production and quality of its products.
In January, Iran’s Industry, Mines and Trade Minister Reza Fatemi-Amin said the country’s auto industry would undergo a complete reform following the implementation of his ministry’s two-year evolution program.
Fatemi-Amin said nine transformation projects have been prepared for the automotive industry: “The overall plan is that in [the Iranian calendar year] 1401 (started March 21) the structure of the auto industry and the relations between parts manufacturers and automakers will be reformed and the widely promised production target will be achieved in [the Iranian calendar year] 1404 (begins in March 2025).”
The minister found the current situation of the car industry very problematic and added: “We have done a lot of work in the car industry and we have made good successes and progress, but the result is not satisfactory for the general public and customers. . .”
Referring to the complexity of the auto industry, he noted: “A car has more than 2,000 parts and 4,000 cars are produced in the country every day; We have no other industries with such managerial, economic and technological complexity.”
In late December 2021, Fatemi-Amin announced that his ministry had prepared a nine-axis program for automotive evolution, which was to be published shortly.
The said program includes all challenges and solutions in this sector, according to the minister.