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'Islamic car' to point to Mecca

'Muslim' vehicle will include compass to find direction of holy city and compartment for Koran and prayer scarves.

An ‘Islamic’ car, complete with compass to find the direction of Mecca and a compartment for the Koran, could soon be under production in Malaysia, Iran or Turkey.

The car, to be developed by the three countries, will be aimed at the global export market, according to Malaysian news agency Bernama in a report picked up by AFP.

Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, managing director of Malaysian carmaker Proton, told the agency during a trip to Tehran “We will identify a car that we can develop to be produced in Malaysia, Iran or Turkey”.

"The car will have all the Islamic features and should be meant for export purposes," he continued, adding that the vehicle was an Iranian initiative.

Proton announced last week it would supply Tehran with 5,000 units of its Waja model, to be used as Taxis under the Iranian city’s $200 million public transport project.

Proton is keen to kickstart its export market to offset a decline in domestic market share triggered by a reputation for poor quality and a lack of new models, AFP said. It is currently in negotiations with Volkswagen.

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