Fiat, Italy's largest automaker and the company in control of Chrysler, has announced that it is suspending sales to Iran amidst a wave of global sanctions against the Middle Eastern country's nuclear efforts. The automaker says this includes passenger cars, trucks and buses under its Iveco brand.

The automaker said it will honor a limited number of binding contracts but would stop exporting any cars or parts to Iran immediately. Fiat also said that its business in Iran was "totally immaterial in a quantitative and qualitative sense." In other words, the move won't have any real impact on the company's bottom line, apparently.

Fiat joins Hyundai, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Porsche as automakers no longer doing business in Iran. No American automakers sell vehicles in Iran. Read the complete statement from Fiat below, along with a response from United Against Nuclear Iran.
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Fiat suspends sales to Iran

Fiat supports the international efforts for a diplomatic solution of the issues relating to the relations with Iran. In this respect, Fiat announces that effective immediately its subsidiaries will no longer carry out business activity related to products or components where the ultimate destination of such products is known to be Iran, other than to the limited extent required to fulfill already existing binding obligations.

Sales to Iran based entities during past years by Fiat's subsidiaries were totally immaterial in a quantitative and qualitative sense and any concerned products were sold for commercial and civilian use only.

Fiat's subsidiaries having commercial relations with Iranian entities always conducted their businesses in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including those of the United Nations, the European Union and Italy.

Turin, 25 May 2012

UANI Applauds Fiat's Decision to End Certain Business in Iran

NEW YORK, May 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement Friday regarding Fiat's announcement that "its subsidiaries will no longer carry out business activity related to products or components where the ultimate destination of such products is known to be Iran":

We applaud Fiat's decision to end certain parts of its business in Iran. We welcome this announcement, and are pleased that Fiat's subsidiary Iveco will no longer sell trucks to the Iranian regime, which has used them to transport ballistic missiles and perform gruesome public executions.

Nonetheless, we call on Fiat to now fully end all of its business in Iran, including the sale and manufacturing of all Fiat and Maserati vehicles. Only last month, it was reported that a Maserati showroom would soon be opening up in Tehran. Fiat should confirm that it is not--directly or indirectly--engaged in any business in Iran, providing any goods or services in Iran, or implementing any agreements with Iranian entities including the Pars Industrial Foundation.

Responsible auto companies are pulling out of Iran and Iran's important automotive industrial sector is now suffering dramatic year-over-year declines. More companies must follow this action, particularly Peugot and Nissan which are important actors in the Persian auto industry.

Fiat maintained an active presence in Iran. Fiat's subsidiary Iveco sold and distributed trucks in Iran that were used by the Iranian regime to transport ballistic missiles and stage gruesome public executions.

UANI's campaign against Fiat began in 2011, and included advertisements in New York newspapers, and a protest at the New York International Auto Show.

UANI also ran a public campaign this year regarding Jennifer Lopez's endorsements of Fiat, and produced an online video, "J.Lo's "My World" Fiat Commercial: Parody," that generated more than 50,000 YouTube hits.

Last week, Ambassador Wallace testified about Iran's automotive industry before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ambassador Wallace called out Peugeot and its U.S. partner GM, stating that "Peugeot right now is a major actor in Iran, a major manufacturer inside Iran in direct partnership with the IRGC." In fact, while Peugeot says it suspended its business with Iran until July, Iran produced more than 15,000 Peugeot vehicles in April.

Ambassador Wallace also said that when it comes to Nissan, which was recently awarded New York City's $1 billion "Taxi of Tomorrow" contract, Americans "should be able to use the power of New York's pocketbook to impress upon Nissan to stop manufacturing automobiles in Iran."

SOURCE: United Against Nuclear Iran


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      That Kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame on Fiat for their taking part in the destructive saber rattling against a country that has done nothing to provoke such aggression. Iran has never started a war since becoming independent and the last war they were in (the Iran-Iraq War) was started by Saddam Hussein on the US's behalf. There is also no evidence they are developing nuclear weapons. I question the wisdom of a civilian nuclear power program because it's an absurdly dangerous technology that produces waste we have found no responsible way to dispose of...but US companies are propagating more nuclear reactors throughout the world than Iran can dream of. Plus, as others before me have pointed out, the US is the only nation to ever use nuclear weapons in war....and we used them on civilian populations TWICE in one week. We have no right to talk about nuclear proliferation until we are willing to take leadership to eliminate nukes. To all those who complain about the price of gas, see what effect the EU embargo of Iranian oil and the US-led antagonism have on the price of a barrel of oil. If war breaks out with Iran, it will be a war for the benefit of the Israeli ultra-right and the elites at home. It will have nothing to do with the safety or well-being of your average American citizen.
        Neez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Kid
        Once you get the highly enriched uranium, you are already 90% of your way to creating a WOMD. It isn't hard to create a crude device, a fact that made oppenheimer sick to his stomach. You can tell from his video interviews when asked about it. Fact is, all the math required is just to design an efficient nuclear device, and to understand what's going on. But treating the reaction itself as a black box, all you have to know is you need more than enough critical uranium mass for a reaction, then you simply collide them together at high speed. It's nearly that scary simple. So iran now has the capability of making enriched uranium. It's not going to be hard for them to make a bomb. The past is in the past with nuclear technology, it ended a world war, the largest in history. Everyone involved learned their lessons and now focuses on monetary prosperity rather than hatred. But the middle east still focus's on hatred of others, as well as land rights. Not the type of mentality which should own a nuclear weapon. Allowing Iran to continue could lead to another world war. China backing IRAN, and the U.S. backing Israel.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Kid
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      NGave8
      • 2 Years Ago
      To all those who scream "hell yeah" from the top of their lungs. If we would pressume that they are building nuclear weapons, how are any of these sanctions going to prevent that? Did it make a change in North Korea? Did make for a regime change in Cuba? Did it supress the Germans pre WW2? The answer is no. This political clownery affects none but the people and in a dictatorship the people don't have a saying in what their government does. But I can understand it's hard to sympathize when you're sitting in a comfortable home watching one-sided news. Just my 2 cents, cheers
        Thipps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NGave8
        NGave8.......what you just described sounds exactly like the Unites States. can you tell the difference between republicans and democrats other than talking points......I sure cant its an elution of choice
        udihamudi65
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NGave8
        I agree that it's not clear wether sanctions will work, and of course innocent citizens are hurt (on all sides for that natter... just look at gas prices), but at least it forced then to negotiate. We'll have to wait and see if it's just tirickery...
      Manuel Ruiz Zamora
      • 2 Years Ago
      european union and usa dont want iran to have nuclear weapons lol why they destroy their nuclear arsenal firts and dont be such hypocrats ............... yes my inglish is not perfect
        Pdexter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Manuel Ruiz Zamora
        Mostly because of the countries stability and possible links to terrorists to optain material or knowledge to build nuclear weapons. That's not in anybody's interest. Bush was a stupid piece of something, but Mahmud is a nut job who has written his own history.
          Thipps
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          Because in the world of hypocrites the USA is the biggest of them all. Its not about stability its not about an imminent attack on the US. its about control of the region, its about resources. Iran controls the straights of hormuz.... basically they dont kneel down to us and control about 20% of the worlds oil (about 20% of the worlds oil travels on ships through the Straights) Not to mention Iran is aligned with the India, asian countries and russia, this does not please the power brokers of the world (and no the president is not a power broker only a puppet) What im saying is Iran is not the epicenter of evil in the world,,,,No one place is but people esp in the west like to point fingers at countries they know almost nothing about and blame them. Our hands are not clean
          meh meh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pdexter
          So can you tell me why Republicans continue to support the MEK, who is a designated terrorist group with American blood on their hands? If they have the nerve to bitch and whine about the 1983 bombing in Beirut, then they have no ground to stand if they continue to support the MEK. Republicans whine about nutjobs in Syria yet they support those idiotic Syrian protesters who want to topple the al-Assad government and replace it with one that would make the Iranian ayatollahs look like Denmark.
        Michael Page
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Manuel Ruiz Zamora
        Because their politics are built on destroying isreal
          Thipps
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael Page
          thats funny.......they have never tried to........ just saying
        Manuel Ruiz Zamora
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Manuel Ruiz Zamora
        they dont"
      Hossi Blumengaarten
      • 2 Years Ago
      who cares, only thing I have to say is NEVER TRUST A JEW just a good advice
        udihamudi65
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hossi Blumengaarten
        Only thing i have to say is that you are an ignorant prejudice idiot and that I hope someone hates you as much as you hate others. You sound like you live in the dark ages. I also bet you never finished highschool....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hossi Blumengaarten
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        @Hossi Blumengaarten
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        @Hossi Blumengaarten
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      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      The economic sanctions on Iran need to be lifted, now.
        Thipps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        then what what the west do.......EVERYONE must kneel to us! makes me sick
      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cannot believe how stupid some of you people are. I am full support to cutting off Iran, they have said multiple times they want to wipe out Israel from the face of the earth. If they were not developing weapons how come we have satellite shots of buildings be there, and then disappearing or being buried in mountains or underground.. Also how come they wont let any of the scientist in to certain facilities? They let them in to certain ones and then they kick them out and wont let them check out certain areas and kick them out. They play this hide and seek game. Iran with a nuke is like give a 3 year old a ton of sugar or real gun. the lack of common sense from some of you morons is beyond me. put the puzzle pieces together. everything they are doing pretty much hints at the fact that they are trying to build a nuke.
        Thipps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylz
        people have been saying that for decades.......yet no attack from iran....no mushroom clouds. Hey do us all af favor at let us know when sanctions (which always hurt the people of a nation not the government) have worked on a nation.....its kinda like gun control in theory it works in reality its a disaster
      Schadenfreude
      • 2 Years Ago
      MAKE THEM DRINK THE OIL.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Iran considers America as the great satan.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
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          captnclintock
          • 2 Years Ago
          I have met many of them. They tend to vary between different stereotypes. But there is a good portion that are religious, but still good folk overall. Even the ones that are westernized cling to some traditions. So it's not easy to group them into one category. Forget Shahs of the Sunset
        AMG THIS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Who?
        Kenny DeRuyter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        North America or South America...or maybe you meant the United States of America?
      art
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same needs to be done to Israel..
      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      this must be like a Christmas present for the chinese car manufacturers, such as Great Wall etc. Oil for cars, sounds like a good deal for both parties.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe the real reason for this is because Iranians don't want rebadged Chryslers and Dodges on their streets.
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