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For other uses, see Saipa F.C., or SaiPa (ice hockey).
Saipa
Type Private
Founded 1966
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Key people Nematollah Poustindouz, CEO
Industry Automotive
Products Automobiles
Engines
Employees 18,500
Website www.saipacorp.com

Saipa is the second largest Iranian auto manufacturer.

Saipa (an acronym for Societe Annonyme Iranienne de Production Automobile) was established in 1966,[1] assembled the two-cylinder Citroën mini passenger car, the Dyane, and manufactured licensed versions of the original Renault 5, Renault 21 and Kia Pride. Production of the Saipa Pride continued until 2005 when then they introduced an updated model based on the Pride called the Saipa 141 while continuing to sell their version of the Pride under the names Saba and Nasim.

SAIPA also produces the Citroën Xantia under licence[2] as well as assembling sedan models of the previous generation Kia Rio using parts imported from Korea.

In 2000, SAIPA launched their own design, the 701 Caravan minivan, which was facelifted in 2003. Also in 2000, SAIPA purchased 51% of Pars Khodro. The Iranian government owns 48% of SAIPA.

Other product are the Renault Tondar 90, a Renault Logan assembled by SAIPA and its subsidiary Pars Khodro in a joint venture with Renault know as Renault Pars,[3] with over 100,000 orders within a week of it going on sale in March 2007.[4][5]

The chief executive (president or managing director) of Saipa Corp. is Nematollah Poustindouz[6]. The main subsidiaries of SAIPA Group are Saipa Diesel, Pars Khodro and Zamyad Co.[7]

SAIPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysia's Proton to jointly develop a new compact sedan to replace the SAIPA Pride.[8]

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Miniator: domestic model and engine

In November 2008 Saipa launched the Iran-made "Saipa National Engine 231".[9] In December 2008, Saipa unveiled its new model: "Miniator". Miniator has a 4-cylinder gas engine and ABS, averages 7 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers and puts out 80 horsepower (14 BHP) with a displacement of 1500cc. Price will be less than 100 million rials (USD10,000). The car has been designed and produced by domestic experts. In its production the services of some 122 local manufacturers have been utilized and about 810 parts have been produced. 15,000 Miniators will be produced in 2009. Production over the next three years will reach 200,000 per year. A new subsidiary, Kashan SAIPA will take up production of the car.[10] Miniator is expected to gradually replace ’Pride’ of Kia Motors. The share of Miniator in Saipa’s exports will be about 20 percent by 2011.[11][12]

SAIPA Saba

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