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Karsan Otomotiv is Turkey’s only multi-branded commercial vehicle producer. Karsan’s website notes that it “makes the production of Peugeot Partner under Peugeot license, Hyundai HD 35/75 under Hyundai license, Renault Trucks Premium Uzunyol, Premium Lander and Kerax under Renault Trucks license, Citroen Berlingo under Citroen license and J9 Premier under its own brand.” Karsan was ranked 267th in the list of “Turkey’s Top 500 Industrial Organizations” in 2008. (Company Website)
On March 9, 2011, following extensive discussions, UANI announced that Karsan had ended its business in Iran. Karsan had demonstrated that it had withdrawn from Iran and committed to foregoing any business in Iran until such time as Iran fulfills its obligations to the international community related to its illegal nuclear program. (UANI, "UANI Applauds Turkish Company Karsan for Ending Its Business in Iran," 3/9/11)
Karsan entered into a five-year exclusive distribution agreement in 2007 with Iran’s Sanat Khuodro Kamau to export J9 minibus models to Iran. (Karsan Report, May 10, 2007)
A Karsan company report on February 15, 2008, notes that the company “signed a contract to export J9 Premier to Iran, which will be sold to some Middle East countries via Iran.”
A July 2010 press release indicated that the updated J10 model would be sold in Iran, Syria, and African countries. (Press Release)