Italian design firm signs deal with Iranian brand to produce underpinnings that’ll spawn at least four vehicles

Pininfarina has signed a £30 million deal with Iranian automotive company Iran Khodro to produce a new platform that’ll underpin at least four vehicles.

The deal will see Iran Khodro, which manufactures vehicles for Iranian brand Samand, Peugeot and Renault to be sold in Iran, produce a medium sized passenger car, likely a saloon or small SUV, first.

Pininfarina will be involved in the entire process of getting the car to production, from concept design to physical validation of the final product. It will even support the start of production.

Silvio Pietro Angori, Pininfarina Group CEO, said: “The agreement with Iran Khodro represents another important step in the growth strategy of Pininfarina on markets of the new Silk Road and the Middle East.

“We are happy to contribute to the development of the Iranian Automotive industry through a very significant style and engineering programme for our company.”

The partnership, which is planned to last three years, isn’t the first of its kind for Pininfarina. The former design house has expanded its portfolio to include full engineering projects such as the recent Hybrid Kinetic Group turbine cars and Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7.

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