FRANKFURT – Volkswagen says its flagship brand is returning to Iran after a 17-year absence.
The Wolfsburg-based carmaker said in a statement Tuesday it will start selling Tiguan SUVs and Passat sedans through importer Mammut Khodro.
Mammut Khodro is already selling trucks made by Volkswagen Group’s Scania division.
@Volkswagen and Mammut Khodro, together in Iran.@vwpress_en pic.twitter.com/mgDTdYtVer
— Mammut Khodro (@MammutKhodroCo) 4 de julio de 2017
Volkswagen began selling vehicles including the classic Beetle in Iran in the 1950s but withdrew in 2000.
Volkswagen said in a statement that restarting exports offers the company a chance to get to know local market conditions and re-establish the “Volkswagen” brand.
It cited Iranian government estimates of a car market with 3 million new vehicle sales per year.