• May 2, 2007
After being questioned by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford has agreed to stop all Land Rover sales in Sudan. The SEC was checking into reports from the chaotic nation that the janjaweed militia and Sudanese military were able to obtain Land Rover Defenders which they then equipped with machine guns.

The U.S. currently has a strict embargo against Sudan, and forbids the export of U.S. goods to the African nation except for humantarian purposes. Ford CEO Don Leclair said in a response to the SEC, "... the bulk of the small sales volume in Sudan had been directed to the Ministry of the Interior for humanitarian purposes and that other governmental sales had been largely for agricultural development purposes."

Ford has done the right thing here. Their actions probably won't reduce the bloodshed in Sudan, but hopefully the militias will be forced to get their vehicles through more resource-consuming routes.

[Source: AP via Brisbane Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      to 16: I figure he was conflicted, being a Nazi and an American during WW2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Note to Ford: Sent the excess Defender inventory to the US, thanks a bunch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They thought they were for agricultural purposes? Come on Ford.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #3- Last I looked, obsolete meant "replaced by something superior" or "no longer useful". Defenders are neither.
      Toyota just rolled out a new model 70 series that they'll be glad to supply to anyone, not to mention the Santana LR clone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah the 1997 D90s (Last year the D90s were sent here) are a very hot item and they would definately sell. I would love to get a D90 conv brand new now that I can afford it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      18 t0 17. The first few years wouldn't have mattered. I guess it was almost like being neutral. It's a different government now. They expect any American company to follow American laws even when in other countries. Even Hotels. An American Hotel in Norway had to cancel reservations for people of an "undesirable" country in accordance to American laws. Luckily there were other hotels in Norway that aren't American owned.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with #2. Its a pity, but these things are obsolete.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Mr. Land Rover, now that you'll have "extras" maybe you can bring some to the US of A.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #5...kind of like Toyota who kept buying steel which was produced by slave labor. Even when FORD and other companies quit buying the stuff.

      Anyways, bring some of these over here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      People carrying machine guns generally don't pay for their wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      dcwf,

      That what I'm talking about. That LR looks like an old Bronco....That's awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now they'll just get Toyotas, through official channels, or not.
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