Iran Khodro Cars Using Hillman Technology

The Iran Khodro company assembled Hillman Hunters as Paykans from 1967, and some 1725cc Paykan-engined Hillman two-door Avengers between 1978 and 1980. Local manufacture of the Paykans began in the early 1990s and even though they ceased production in 2005, their technology has continued in other models. These feature bodies based upon the Peugeot 405.

The Peugeot RD ('Rear Drive') was built from 1997 to 2008. This was essentially a Peugeot 405 body on a Paykan floorpan, with Paykan mechanicals. From 2003 it was altered to fuel injection, as apparently was the Paykan. Between 20,000 and 30,000 per year were built, until 2003 when it was increased to about 55,000 per year.

The Peugeot ROA was built from 2006 to about 2013, a development of the RD with larger engine and five-speed gearbox. New, boxy inner mudguards replaced the familiar Hunter types used in the RD. Reportedly exports totalled 27,869.

The new Arisun pick-up (replacing the Bardo from March 2013) retains many Hunter and Avenger components in it's construction, including the floorpan and inner mudguards. This utility is currently the only known example of recognisable Hillman technology still in production.


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