Pars Khodro was the first producer of SUVs in Iran and began its operation in the mid-1960s. It is an Iranian automobile manufacturer that has been licensed under different companies to build vehicles as well as producing its own line.
Originally, Pars Khodro built products for Rambler and General Motors, with its own vehicles — the Aria and the Shahin, based on the 1966 Rambler — produced from 1967-1974. During the same period it also built Jeep vehicles under a company called Sherkat-Sahami Jeep.
In June 1972, a union was formed with GM to produce products under the name General Motors Iran LTD; that union lasted until 1981, being forced to terminate due to the Iranian Revolution. Vehicles manufactured during this time were: Opel, using the Chevrolet brand, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet Nova and a Chevrolet pick-up. Jeeps continued to be produced beyond the union’s end.
An acquisition of a extra Renault 5 assembly line from SAIPA in 1997 led to the production of the Sepand I and II, versions of the Renault 5.
Pars Khodro switched to the manufacturing of the Nissan Patrol until 2002.
Today’s production models include those from Renault, Nissan and Kia. Since 2006, other models produced include the Dacia Logan and Renault Megane.
Image Caption: The Nissan Patrol, which has been licensed for manufacture under the Pars Khodro name until 2002. Credit: NRMA Motoring and Services/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)