Chery QQ6.jpgChinese carmakers are making their first tentative moves into the developed car markets of the west. But in the short-term, their biggest impact is likely to be felt in smaller developing markets like Iran, where Chery has just signed a deal to set up an assembly join venture.

With a combined investment of $370m, China's Chery will hold a 30% stake in the venture while Khodro, an Irani carmarker, will own 49%. Solitac, a Canadian investment firm, will hold the remaining 21%.

The JV will make Chery's QQ6 (pictured) models in China and then reassemble and sell the cars in Iran and neighboring countries.

The plant, with a maximum annual capacity of 200,000 cars, will officially start production in nine months, the company said.

Chery, China's biggest carmaker, recently signed a landmark deal with Chrysler to produce small cars for export to the US and elsewhere.

More on Chery here.

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