French giant automaker Renault once again voiced its readiness to resume its cooperation with Iranian carmakers in the near future.
“Renault is looking for a financial partner to resume activities in Iran,” a top Renault executive said.
Renault is willing to resume vehicle assembly cooperation with Iranian automakers Iran Khodro and Pars Khodro, Renault’s Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said in Istanbul.
He also stated that Renault is determined to take back the significant market position it enjoyed before the US-led sanctions on Iran were toughened in 2012.
Renault was forced in July 2013 to halt completely knocked down (CKD) shipments to Iran when the US government extended economic sanctions against Tehran to the automobile sector.
Renault reported a huge fall in profits for the first half of 2013 after writing off the entire value of its business in Iran. The firm suffered a loss of 512 million euros (USD 680 million) after halting its activities in the Islamic Republic.
In 2012, Renault sold a total of 100,783 vehicles in Iran, and had a 10-percent market share. Iran was Renault’s eighth-biggest global market by sales, above Italy and Spain.
The news comes as Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) began writing draft of a final deal.
The two sides clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Under the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.