Italians are the last in a long line of carmakers that have stopped doing business in Iran.
Following the departures of Porsche, Daimler, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Hyundai and Toyota, Italian carmakers Lamborghini and Maserati have announced they will also no longer be selling cars in Iran. The pullouts are, according to Algemeiner, a response to a recent press conference held by United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) that highlighted the fact the carmakers were still doing business in Iran. The aim of the UANI is to flag up businesses that trade in both the US and Iran, and pushes for them to choose one market or the other.
Following the October press conference, chaired by former US ambassador to the UN and CEO of UANI Mark Wallace, Lamborghini immediately announced its departure from the Islamic Republic, while Maserati said it had been out of Iran since parent company Fiat's pullout in May 2011. UANI countered that claim, saying an Iranian distributor was still using the Maserati name. The Italian carmaker duly sent them a cease-and-desist letter and Maserati is now satisfied all ties with Iranian interests have been severed. Going one step further, Maserati says future models cannot be sold in Iran as they won't pass the country's regulations.