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While China is still the big dog when it comes to growth markets for automakers, Iraq looks to be heating up. As the country slowly stabilizes, the country's 30 million citizens find themselves with a growing income and a need for more reliable transportation.

But, according to Automotive News, the biggest factor in the resurgence of Iraqi car-buying is a decrease in violence by insurgents. Last year only (?!) about 1,500 Iraqis were killed by roadside bombs, snipers or other violence. That's compared to more than 34,000 in 2006. As you might imagine, safer streets lead to much greater satisfaction derived from Sunday drives.

Ready to cash in on the auto-buying-boom are Volkswagen, Ford and GM. All three see huge potential in a country still driving thousands of VW Passats procured via an oil trade with Brazil in the 1980s.

Apparently, one popular car in Iraq is the Dodge Charger – nicknamed "Obama" by Iraqis. Then again, the LA Times said last year that the Chrysler 300 was known as "the Obama," so maybe the term goes for any large American sedan.


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      tlc45
      • 3 Years Ago
      They called the Chrysler 300 "The Obama" because that's what Obama drove before he was elected President. Big flurry of news stories when the sold it. The Dodge Charger is basically the SAME CAR with different trim, grille, etc.
      Jeremy The-Subarian
      • 3 Years Ago
      would it be weird if they made a car called the "RPG" that had the gas tank on the front and the engine right behind it... i think the guys in Iraq would love it
      testube9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, who would of thought that Iraq would be safer than Mexico.
      Absolute Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, I'm sure all those car bombs take a toll on the Used Car segment.....
      jjhrams
      • 3 Years Ago
      efficiency vs the hummer
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would not SUV's be more suited there?
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        *Picture for display purposes only. May not represent actual vehicles sold. (Honestly why do people always take what they see as literal and not representative??)
      Captain Jack
      • 3 Years Ago
      sell them the Volt
      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder why they see Chargers and Chrysler 300's as socialist, narcissist, incompetent cars?!?!?
        inthelv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        I wonder why your mom lets you use the computer without the child filters on?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        [blocked]
          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          Spoken like a true MSDNC watching lemming:)
        evannever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Calling Obama a socialist makes you look like a rube with no knowledge of politics or history beyond GOP propaganda. Seriously, do you know how stupid that sounds to someone with an actual History or Poly Sci degree? Thanks for trolling politics on a car blog.
      SamerIraq
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some of the comments here are not funny though those who write them think they are .... I'm iraqi and I'm sorry for all those who were killed in iraq whether they are iraqis or americans because they died for nothing just lies, this is not a political forum but you "brave and patriotic americans" would have defended your country if it was invaded, or am I wrong? I forgot to mention in the list that we call the old Caprice (The Dolphin) ... it makes sense
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SamerIraq
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          • 3 Years Ago
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          inthelv
          • 3 Years Ago
          Bravo!
          joper201
          • 3 Years Ago
          Wow! You make obama proud. In one OFF TOPIC post you have parroted evey TOLERANT, progressive, liberal democrat sound bite and talking point You're a good little democrat. Hopefully a more democratic form of government will take hold and Iraq become a viable, contributing economy enjoyed by all Iraqi citizens.
          geoive
          • 3 Years Ago
          You must be black, just leave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SamerIraq
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      cmconslt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lying liberals said the war in Iraq was for oil. Yet we don't get a drop from them. Typical lies. I think the DOOM spoken about in the 2012 Prophacies is here. It's a ZOMBIE Apocalypse and Liberals are the Zombies.........
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cmconslt
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      mixrenay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do they call it the "Obama?". Does it freely waste money? Does it make you not want a job? or is it just all show and no go? Hmmm.
      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet they call it the Obama because all the guages and instruments don't work and lie to you.
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