A Syrianized version of the Iranian Samand, itself based on the Peugeot 405 will be built in Syria in a joint Syrian-Iranian plant in Adra Industrial City, announced the governments of both nations. This car, essentially a copy of a copy of a 20-year-old French design, will be (aptly) named the Sham; the plan is to build 10,000 per year. No word on a Shamamino version, but we can always hope.

President al-Assad Inaugurates First Phase of Car Manufacturing Plant in Syria [Syrian Arab News Agency]

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