News ID: 127181
Published: 0720 GMT September 18, 2015

Volkswagen grooms Skoda for Iran market

Volkswagen grooms Skoda for Iran market

Germany's Volkswagen is grooming its Skoda brand for the Iranian market of 80 million people which purchased 1.1 million cars last year.

"Iran is a very interesting market with great opportunities," VW brand R&D chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser Neusser said.

VW will conclude an assessment of the country's auto market by the end of the year, Reuters quoted him as saying at the Frankfurt auto show.

Neusser said it is still too early to say which product VW could use to go in with "but of course we see the potential".

Reuters quoted a company source as saying that the company was considering a move into Iran with the mass-market Skoda and Seat brands.

Volkswagen is hit by a drop in demand in China and Brazil which together account for almost 40 percent of its global sales, and the Iranian market is a new market which the car manufacturer seeks to tap.

Czech division Skoda is similarly looking at the prospects for entering Iran, its R&D chief Frank Welsch said.

"If the conditions develop right, this will be a market where we can fit in quite well with our offerings," Welsch said.

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