- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 15, 2007

Renault’s Logan car proves popular in Iran

More than 100,000 Iranians bought Renault’s Logan car within a week of it’s going on sale, marking a success for the French manufacturer in its first investment in Iran since the Islamic revolution, according to Agence France-Presse.

Iranian car manufacturers Iran Khodro and Saipa, which are assembling the car in their own factories, said they each had sold more than 50,000 units of the car, which has a starting price of $9,000. Deliveries of the mass-market car — named Tondar or Thunder in Iran — will start in May.

Ford puts $200 million in transmission plant

Ford Motor Co. will invest $200 million in its transmission plant in Sharonville, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, to retool the facility for the manufacture of a new, more fuel-efficient transmission.

The company said that the Sharonville Transmission Plant will be retooled for flexible manufacturing and advanced powertrain production.

Details of the new transmission to be built at the plant were not released, the Associated Press reported.

“The Sharonville plant was selected because it is considered a center of excellence for building gears and employees there have been working very hard to assure world-class productivity,” said Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans.

Technology effective in saving drivers’ lives

Federal motor vehicle safety standards and various safety technologies saved a reported 328,551 lives between 1960 and 2002. The estimate is contained in a 2005 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Even though frontal air bags are a relatively new technology, they have saved an estimated 12,074 lives since 1994, according to the report. And one of the oldest technologies, the seat belt, saved 14,570 lives during 2002 alone.

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