Daimler is out, Toyota is out, Porsche is out, Hyundai, PSA Peugeot-Citroën are out and when it comes to selling cars in Iran, now Maserati and Lamborghini are out, too. The definitive pullouts of those last two automakers are said to be reactions to a press conference held by a group called United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI). The group highlights businesses that sell in both the US market and Iran, and works to get those businesses to choose one market or the other.

UANI said it had sent letters to Maserati and Lamborghini about their dealings in Iran, but that the letters went unanswered. Mark Wallace, head of UANI and a former US ambassador to the United Nations, held a press conference in October of last year that referenced the two companies. Apparently Lamborghini contacted Wallace just after the press conference and told him "they were out, they weren't doing any business in Iran anymore."

Discussions with Maserati then took place, and the Italian automaker said it had been out of Iran ever since Fiat announced it was leaving the country in May 2011. UANI said Maserati had been in talks with an Iranian distributor, however, and that distributor was continuing to use the Maserati name. The carmaker has since cut all ties with Iranian interests and has prevented its name from being used, adding that its new models will not be able to be sold there because they won't pass regulations the country's regulations.


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      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      "because they won't pass regulations the country's regulations." Can someone get this guy a copy editor?
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, we shouldn't do business with countries that have weapons of mass destruction, especially those that have actually used them on millions of human beings. Oh wait, the United States has tons of nukes, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction, and to date we are the only nation that has nuked someone else. Ooops!!!
        Jai302
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Sad that you get downvoted for speaking the truth. What a bunch of self righteous losers.. yes I'm talking to you, downvoters.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jai302
          He's downgraded because nobody is saying to Lambo or Mazerati or any other manufacturer that they shouldn't sell cars to countries with WMD's. It was a strawman argument.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jai302
          That's obviously not the reason ALL the manufacturers pulled out. Hence this article. And America didn't tell anyone they couldn't have nukes, Iran agreed not to. They signed the treaty. I don't see why there is confusion here. And it's not just America that is imposing sanctions here. And even so, what does that have to do with the strawman that Ducman proposed???
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jai302
          Another moron (or Muslim) (well they are the same thing) raises his head. Yes, we bombed Japan to end WWII, SAVING MILLIONS of Japanese and American lives in the process. BEFORE you speak, why not LEARN history......like did you ever hear of Pearl Harbor?
        Eurotrash
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        PREACH ON BROTHER, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! WHAT A TWISTED & PERVERSE WORLD WE LIVE IN
          Taint
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Eurotrash
          very twisted and perverse.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
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        Taint
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        you make a great point and are speaking the truth.
      libertedelacroix
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone of Iranian descent, this does not bother me. What DOES bother me is all the sanctions and desperately needed medical equipment and supplies. What is their hope by preventing the masses from getting these supplies? Do they think people will rise up in arms against the government? How can they when they are sick and starving with no access to basic needs? What about the Green movement, why did we not choose to support them 3-4 years ago when they rallied against the government? Why did we let the Ayatollah crack down on on the revolutionaries when it was the perfect time to support an internal governmental transition, and instead choose to punish them further with sanctions? It's not like the government is suffering, they WILL get ALL the luxuries they have now. After growing up in America, I have come to the conclusion we are a hateful people. We treat our own citizens like dogs, and could care less about our own people. Now imagine that inhumanity compounded against a foreign country. It's sick is what it is. We need to learn to accept other cultures, and more importantly, love our fellow countryman- black, white, left, right, democrat or republican. At the end of the day, we all have same nervous system that can feel the same pain, we have the same biological needs, and the same brain processes that makes us feel emotions like love, anger, jealousy, etc. We are ALL the SAME species, we need to start acting like it.
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of ironic Government Motors isn't listed
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      No country should have weapons of Mass Destruction. The 5 states that agreed that they could have them and no one else can (US, UK, Russia, France, China) do not have the right to be hypocritical and deny everyone else the same opportunity. I have few positive things to say about Iran, although their coversion to natural gas is impressive, but I respect that they refused to be bullied. There needs to be a world treaty ending nuclear weapons because these are the weapons that could destroy the planet.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        I disagree the weapons are likely to destroy the planet. Possibly to make human life nonexistent or extremely difficult, but the planet? Not yet.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
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          Mason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          What is Earth without human life? It's whatever it was for the 4.5 billion years that humans didn't exist.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        Those 5 countries didn't decide it, the 189 nations that agreed to the treaty decided it. Clearly there is nothing hypocritical about it since it was an agreed on arrangement (peaceful nuclear technology for not developing weapons).
          SloopJohnB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          The alternative, which Truman didn't have the cojones to propose or indeed to implement, was simply to state the Pax Americana policy, i.e., any nation other than the US developing the necessary infrastructure to develop, produce, or deploy nuclear weapons would be summarily nuked by the United States. Could have/should have with Stalin during the Berlin crisis. But noooooo. And look what all this touchy-feely stuff has bought us.
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        Car Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        99% of autoblog readers don't like self appointed, self righteous, people giving irrelevant lectures here....
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Car Guy
          [blocked]
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        That's why we get rid of our..oh, wait...no we didn't.
      Jai302
      • 1 Year Ago
      This UANI piece of **** can't stand companies making decent profit from somewhere? It's good anyway, more profit for BMW now that merc porsche and audi are gone.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
        HUH??? UANI doesn't want car manufacturers to sell in Iran. BMW and Mercedes are already out of Iran. Porsche was mentioned in the very first sentence (word #7). Try reading the article
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai302
        What a moron on you are.....there wont be many people to sell ANYTHING too if Iran gets a nuke. In case you have not noticed, the ONLY democracy in the Middle East is Israel.......they have had nukes for 40 years and have not used them......Iran and its nutty President has said that the Holocaust was fantasy and that Israel should be wiped from the face of the Earth.
          rboote
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          Let's think this through for a moment -- The Ayatollah and his cronies have life where they want it -- They're at the top of the food chain, their word is law, people generally adhere to their rules. Israel is notoriously trigger happy, not a fan or Iran, and armed to the teeth. Even the Iranian leadership realizes, I'm sure, that an attack on Israel would mean they would be wiped off the map. Why, exactly, would they do that?
          Arabi fakhour
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          If Israel was just moved/created in Arizona or Nevada, we would never have had that mess in the Middle East. Most Israelis are ruthless and bloody colonizers who run a theocratic state just like Iran. How about them freaks with pony tails ? Huh?
          Adrián Cr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          Egypt is also a democracy, but Israel has nukes since the 70's and that is a real problem, the 2 countries have a racist/religious Gov.’s and are extremists. Iran is audited every year by the UN thanks to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that they signed many years ago, Israel not even accept having atomic weapons or sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Plus Israel have submarines capable of fire nukes to anyone, Israel is not a friend of USA is a bloodsucker (tax sucker), see that in this economic crisis the Gov. give more aid to Israel than ever instead of putting that taxes to work in America. AMERICANS DON'T BELIEVE AGAIN THE ZIONIST LIES LIKE THEY WAS USED TO INVADE IRAQ, Iran don't have nukes and never will have thanks to the UN supervision of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, don’t punish an entire population for AIPAC. Americans don't belive in Zionist lies like they was used to invade Iraq, Iran don't have nukes and never will have thanks to the UN supervision of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
          Jai302
          • 1 Year Ago
          @A P
          First of all I'm not muslim. One doesn't need to be a muslim to differentiate between right or wrong. How the heck is it your problem where those companies sell their cars? Oh, bread is sold in Iran too. Time to stop eating bread. Good luck with that
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        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        they are wrong cause Persian is an ethnicity. Iran is combination of all ethnicities in that country. I consider myself American, but when they ask me where I'm from originally I tell them I'm Iranian.
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          @Steve
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      erzhik
      • 1 Year Ago
      wait.. Lamborghini had a dealership in Iran?
      EvilTollMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Heh heh....pull out. /Beavis
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      New Maserati's new models " will not be able to be sold there because they won't pass regulations the country's regulations."? Bad grammar aside, what regulations could these possibly be that modern european cars from heavily industrialized nations won't pass? No built in vagina detectors on the driver's seat to prevent women form driving? No room for mandatory anti-Jew missiles/
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