Maserati and Lamborghini Pull Out of Iran to the Satisfaction of UANI


Last October, "United Against Nuclear Iran" (UANI) CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, along with NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Iran180 executive director Chris DeVito, held a press conference in front of Maserati’s Manhattan showroom.

The three men had stated that Maserati, along with Lamborghini, have been added to the Iran Watch List as they entered into import agreements with the country – something they deemed unacceptable due to the Iran's nuclear program. Maserati, in particular, was lashed because it had said it planned to open a dealership in Tehran.

“Porsche, Hyundai, and now Kia, have pulled out of Iran”, Wallace had said at the time. “For Maserati to end its business in Iran, would send a message directly to the regime elites. They must choose between a functioning economy and a nuclear weapon.”

UANI, a U.S.-based non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization that has campaigned against several companies including Fiat, devised the DRIVE Act legislation requiring automakers seeking U.S. government contracts or financial help to certify they are not engaged in any business in Iran, or the implementation of any agreement with Iranian entities.

After talks between the interested parties, Lamborghini said it has ended “any interest, negotiations or established relationships regarding operations of any type in Iran”.

Maserati, on its behalf stated it has “ended discussions with a potential vehicle importer and distributor”, the Arta Group, and has threatened legal action against it if it won’t stop using its name.

As a result, UANI updated its Auto and Luxury Goods Campaign sites stating that the two brands, along with Maserati's parent company Fiat, have completely pulled out of Iran.

“We are satisfied with the pledges we have received from both Lamborghini and Maserati and we applaud both for their responsible action”, said Wallace.

De Blasio commented: “This is one more step in the right direction in a crucial campaign to hit the Iranian regime at its economic core… We as consumers can help fight against a nuclear Iran and I plan to continue this fight relentlessly with as many allies as we can assemble.”

We won’t get into the politics (pun definitely intended) of the issue but we guess the decision was a no-brainer for the two luxury brands once their executives weighed the volume of the U.S. market for their cars against that of a Iran.

By Andrew Tsaousis



europeon said... »January 10, 2013

I wonder how does UANI views the fact Maserati and Lamborghini still have dealerships in the US - another nuclear power. Oh CIA, you're so funny...

Mandic said... »January 10, 2013

Jew was jewing today!!!

Astonman said... »January 10, 2013

We are not perfect with our foreign policy but we don't threaten to wipe off a country off the face of the earth like Iran's president has with Israel. Big difference my friend.

europeon said... »January 10, 2013

Remind me again, Israel is that "country" that back in '47 USA put together by stealing some land from the Arabs and terrorizes everyone in the region with their settlers and their overpowered army?

You know... the rest of the word thinks differently from you Americans, but you can't hear us over the sound of your freedom.

Dave said... »January 10, 2013

You guys deserve your RAGHEADS.

not arab said... »January 11, 2013

spot on

Z4K said... »January 11, 2013

As an atheist, I don't care if those so called holy people take each other out, but as a guy who comes here to read stuff about cars and has to see your stupid trolling all the time, and as someone who knows a thing or two about history, I got to say this, you're full of bs.
The jews owned those lands a couple of thousands years ago, in the times of the Romans, then after a while, the arabs invented islam and the jihad, and started to give sword massages to whoever had other beliefs, most jews had to spread around the world. After ww2, they just got their lands back.
Iran on the other hand, is the horrid combination between a totalitarin regime and a theocracy, and that's not good for anyone.

Afshin said... »January 11, 2013

LOL, there is no Lamborghini distributor in Iran

Pressuring on car companies is useless. No effect on Iranian policy, just on people.

europeon said... »January 11, 2013

It would be nice to respect others for having different opinions and don't call that trolling.
As for the history you know a thing or two about, it's partly true, but this - as a car blog - isn't the place to discuss it.

jh said... »January 11, 2013

interesting that car companies, which are all about free economics and new markets pull out of a country (or don't go there) because of some union. as other said - there are other countries that are far more dangerous than iran... and israel's statements about iran are quiet something... and they have nuclear weapons as well... so lamborghini and maserati... pack your backs ;)

Anonymous said... »January 13, 2013

Its cool for the us an U S and Isreal to have nuclear weapons but no one else cant have them just like som big bullys bag your bags an get the hell on. Stand Up For Your Rights Iran I Love U Tehran

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