• Feb 20, 2009


As a small step that could be considered a healthy vote of confidence in Iraq's return to stability, Mercedes has established a corporate representative office in Baghdad. Daimler set up shop in Erbil, Iraq last February, opening a training center that would get mechanics ready for coming Mercedes products. By installing a corporate representative, the company will have someone on the ground to figure out how best to introduce new Mercedes products to the country. The rep will focus on examining and developing the market for trucks and buses, which Daimler should have all to itself for a while.

[Source: Daimler]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that the country is stabilized, the media will credit Obama with its success....

      Regarding Mercedes, even terrorists need well running cars to place their car bombs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, Daimler is going to sell leftover bendy buses in Iraq?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, I wonder what was in the benefit package for that job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh, and to think the Germans were against the invasion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like they are expecting explosive sales growth....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy Shia..t, they are going to Iraq?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've noticed a precipitous reduction in media coverage of bad news from Iraq since President Obama took office. He must be a very effective military strategist to have completely turned things around in just under one month, especially given that the military leaders have not changed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Erbil is in the Kurdish area in northern Iraq. I place where you could walk around freely without the threats faced in Baghdad and other areas in the south. They do have to occasional bomb but have had none of the sectarian violence of the south. The Kurds don't put up with that crap. It is very peaceful up there. It makes sense that Daimler feels safe up there.

      I would argue that at the height of the Iraq civil war it was worse than the media even reported it. They didn't have access to the most parts of the country. The only reason it has changed now is because they killed each other off, we bribed the hell out of the Sunnis, and Petraus has done some outstanding work.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes sense. This is a country that has had its infrastructure ignored for decades, which is experiencing massive reconstruction and foreign investment. All those new roads will need buses on them.

      Pretty amazing though, how much it's turned the corner. Good thing we elected the guy who demonstrated an understanding of the situation, and pushed for the strategy that got us here.

      Oh, crap, no we didn't.