• Aug 13, 2010
The current situation over in Iran is pretty grim, what with major countries like the United States and Europe imposing new sanctions on the Middle Eastern country. The reason? International concern over the country's nuclear program.

Because of this situation, Toyota has decided to cease exports of its vehicles to Iran. The automaker issued a statement saying that this decision was made after considering "the international environment," and that it would "continue to closely monitor the international situation."

Toyota's sales in Iran have fallen drastically over the past few years – only around 220 vehicles were sold this year, up until the company's decision to remove Iran from its export list. This is indeed quite a change, as Toyota sold nearly 4,000 vehicles in Iran just two years earlier.

Currently, no American automakers have a presence in Iran, and with Toyota moving to stop exports to the country, we'll be interested to see if other manufacturers follow suit. Currently, major European automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW continue to export to Iran.

[Source: CNN, BBC News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good PR move by Toyota!

      But this title makes it seem like it's a costly move... I doubt this will cost Toyota much... 200 units? Seriously? Maybe it might even cost them more money to maintain their presence in the country.

      This makes it seem like Toyota did something honorable. When they pull out of Russia or China let me know. Who cares if they pull out of Iran? It's not like they were selling much of anything there in the first place!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea but it ain't the Chinese and Russians who cry "DEATH TO AMERICA" by the masses. Go figure, right?
          emacemacii
          • 2 Years Ago
          What a shame we have fellow American with such narrow-minded thinking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Capitalism at it's best - here comes Tata!!!. The world is changing and countries are not going to get bullied anymore when it comes to who they can do business with now. If there were enough car sales in Iran Toyota would still be selling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess they wont have to worry about recall after recall and sticky gas pedals...good for them? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, passing on selling a few dozen cars a month, sure makes the big T look like they're looking out for global interests.
      Btw, Europe, despite the best attempts at making American education more progressive, is not a country.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The late timing, and abysmal sales to iran point to a hollow PR move.. lmao
        • 4 Years Ago
        I concur
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly any car that you want to buy in Iran will cost you 2x more, including crappy outdated cars that are not longer being developed. By the way Autoblog, that image you have is stupid, because Iran doesn't look like that, so the jokes on you. Also, I hope people who reply have something interesting to say.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yea at first , I was like good job Toyota , huh then when I read they only had 200 cars sold last year, It seem very much like a vaguer attempt to do the right thing in the face of the sales of Toyota, non the less thanks Toyota, now the Iran's won't have your unsafe cars to take them out, heck Toyota's cars could had been seen as a weapon of mess destruction, lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda has a huge plant in Tehran. I read that it is run by Basij (Taliban like religious police) and the plans employs only bearded men with connections to Revolutionary Guard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      THE USA SHOULD EXPORT ONE ITEM TO IRAN.......HYDROGEN BOMBS, SENT BY ICBM!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A respectable Iranian won't drive a Toyota.

      One of them told me that he would never drive a Japanese or American car, it would be huge humiliation. He was poor, but drove a 15-year-old Mercedes S.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Dangit...I gotta start using Firefox at work for the spell checker...stupid IE. Stupid fingers.

      ...internet pen...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, rough deal. Maybe they can order them online and have them shipped. I went to NJ Toyota and they gave me a great deal. Check out their website at http://www.1800autoland.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could be wrong...but isn't Europe a continent, not a country?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^.............>_>
        OMG I smell a holier-than-thou tone in those last sentences.

        On the bright side, those tariff-happy fundamentalists can suck it! Yay for progress? Heh
        • 4 Years Ago
        they call themselves americans which is two continents and not just USA. they don't make subtle distinctions like that. Africa is a country too. Sarah Palin said so herself.

        Iran is not a concern either, just an agenda towed by a few evil men, unfortunately believed by many 'americans' and unfortunately and very concerningly adopted by Obama which must be concidered a dishonest man by that and his commitment to wars when he clearly presented himself as a man of peace during the election.
        For whatever reason, a few evil men wants war against Iran just like Iraq, maybe they're just insane (you'd have to be to be a member of skull and bones) or maybe it's influence from Israel to clean house around them in a poorly conceived heavy handed notion that total annihilation of everyone else is better than self restraint. an extremely unfortunate and dangerous mentality.
        I don't think there will be a war against Iran though because insane as USA and Israel clandestine governments are, some will understand that Iran might actually strike back unlike Iraq and they don't like countries who can actually fight back and hurt USA. it's easier to destroy countries that are less organized so they prefer such targets.
        this is not crazy conspiracy talk even though many of you will no doubt wishfully think it is. you can look it up, like CIA arranged assassination of well liked democratically elected president of Chile Salvador Allende and he was replaced with a ruthless military dictator who killed and tortured the population and later indicted for crimes against humanity. it's on CIA's own website...
        CIA did the same against Iran in the 50s and has repeatedly interfered through covert manipulation ever since.

        behold I send you out as sheep amidst the wolves. be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought those habeebs used donkey-wagons !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not really surprising, the iranian civilian economy has been dissapearing for decades,
      theres only one real industry there, oil, and they only have one oil refinery at that,
      oil and natural gas are the only industries outside of government run domestic armament and missile factories.
      The only imports are cheap imports from china and the like, and weapons from mostly china and north korea.
      Iran has nothing, theres little consumer market for anything there.
      People live miserably, people there can earn little in the way of legitimate wages whilst the revolutionary gaurds, the mullahs and a few others siphon off billions,
      Iran is really like hell on earth.
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