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SAIC enrolls dealerships to sell vans in UAE, Iran

SAIC Motor Corp. says it has signed up local dealerships this month to sell its Maxus brand van in the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

In the UAE, SAIC is partnering with the Al Naboodah Group to distribute its Maxus V80, a 16-seat van powered by a 2.5-liter diesel engine. The first batch of 40 Maxus V80s has arrived in the UAE, according to SAIC.

In Iran, SAIC has contracted with Bahman Diesel Co. to sell the van. The first batch of 54 Maxus V80s will be shipped to Iran in April.

In the Middle East, state-owned SAIC has started selling the vans in Saudi Arabia.

SAIC developed the Maxus V80 on a platform that it bought in 2009 from LDV Group, a bankrupt U.K. commercial vehicle maker. The Maxus V80 is built in SAIC's plant in the east China city of Wuxi.

The van went on sale in China in 2011. SAIC also has exported the van to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Libya, Algeria, Colombia, Peru, Chile and South Africa.

SAIC, headquartered in Shanghai, also makes passenger vehicles under the Roewe and MG brands. It also has joint ventures with General Motors and the Volkswagen Group.

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