NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, issued the following statement today in response to the release of industry data indicating that the total production of new cars in Iran in April was down 27% year-on-year:
Iran’s auto industry is a key sector of the Iranian economy that is dominated by the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Iranian auto sector is feeling the effects of international pressure campaigns from UANI and its partners. In just the last few months, certain auto companies have pulled out of Iran completely, and others have been limiting their shipments to Iran.
The message is clear: responsible international auto companies will not continue to work in Iran. We call on all auto manufacturers--including Fiat, Mazda, Nissan, Renault, and Peugeot--to fully end their irresponsible business in Iran. We call on Congress to pass UANI’s DRIVE Act, which would require automakers to certify they are not engaged in any business in Iran to be eligible for U.S. government contracts.
UANI launched its “Auto Campaign” in March 2012. The decline in Iran’s auto production is directly the result of pressure from UANI and its partners alongside international sanctions. In recent months, both Hyundai and Porsche have ended their business in Iran in response to UANI campaigns.
[Click here to watch Ambassador Wallace testify to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about Iran’s automotive industry.]
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.”
UANI has developed model legislation, the DRIVE Act, to force auto manufacturers to choose between American taxpayers and the regime. The DRIVE Act requires automakers to certify they are not engaged in any business in Iran, or engaged in the implementation of any agreement with Iranian entities in order to be eligible for U.S. government contracts or financial assistance.
In March, UANI joined New York City Public Advocate de Blasio in announcing the launch of a new website, IranWatchList.com, and a corresponding consumer action campaign to pressure Porsche and 11 other automakers to end their business in Iran: Fiat, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Suzuki, Toyota and Volvo.
Click here to visit UANI’s “Auto Campaign” page.
Click here to read UANI’s “DRIVE Act” legislation.