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United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) launched its Auto Campaign in March 2012. At the urging of UANI, the White House issued an Executive Order on June 3, 2013 imposing sanctions on those persons or entities that do business in Iran’s automotive sector.

UANI's Auto Campaign identifies foreign automotive companies doing business in Iran and working with Iranian regime-owned entities that license-build foreign vehicles and dominate the Iranian auto sector. The auto sector supports the regime in two key ways: 1) as a massive source of revenue and 2) as a means of accessing advanced foreign technologies and products for its military and security forces through manufacturing agreements with such companies as Peugeot and Mazda, among others. Auto-manufacturing represents the regime's second-most lucrative industry after oil and gas and is a central component of Iran’s industrial sector, which accounts for some 50% of the country’s GDP. In spite of sanctions, Iran's auto industry has grown to be the largest in the Middle East and 13th largest worldwide, having built more than 1.6 million vehicles in 2011.

The Iranian auto industry is directly dominated by the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran's leading military organization and key instrument used to suppress Iran’s internal pro-democracy movement. Iran’s two largest automakers, the Iran Khodro Group and the Saipa Group, are both subsidiaries of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO), an Iranian government body that also controls companies involved in developing the regime’s nuclear and missile programs. IDRO is sanctioned by both the United States and EU. Additionally, Iran’s third largest auto-manufacturer, the Bahman Group, is 45.5% owned by the IRGC.

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Foreign Automakers Active in Iran

Company Activity in Iran Partners in Iran Statistics U.S. Government Contracts Since 2000 UANI Campaigns Photographic Evidence

BMW

Vehicle Exports Persia Khodro $27.6 million    

Fiat/Iveco

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Production

Pars Industrial Development Foundation

Kherman Khodro

SAIPA

Pishro Yadak

2010: SAIPA produced 1,213 Iveco vehicles.

Kerman Khodro produced 211 Fiat vehicles.

Pishro Yadak produced 5 Iveco vehicles.

2004-2010: Pars Industrial Development Foundation produced approximately 2000 Fiat vehicles.

$423 million

Fiat was the recipient of U.S. federal bailout money to gain a stake in U.S. automaker Chrysler. Fiat now owns 58.5% of Chrysler.

May 2012: In response to UANI's campaign, Fiat announced its subsidiaries Iveco and CNH would end their business in Iran.

April 2011: Launched a campaign calling on Fiat to end its business in Iran. Fiat has sold Iveco trucks to Iran that have been used to transport ballistic missiles and hang dissidents.


Iveco (Fiat) truck being used to transport Iranian missiles.
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Honda

Vehicle Exports

Vehicle Production

Tizro   $7.5 million  


Regime security personnel cornering a woman on their Honda motorcycles.
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Hyundai

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Exports

Vehicle Production

Assan Motor

Iran Khodro Group

Kherman Khodro Group

Rayan Khodro

2010: Iran Khodro Diesel produced 4,417 Hyundai vehicles.

2010: Rayan Khodro produced 5,322 Hyundai vehicles.

2010: Hyundai exported 22,000 vehicles to Iran.

$19.9 million

April 2012: Hyundai ended its business operations in Iran, including a joint venture to produce cars.

December 2010: Launched a campaign calling on Hyundai to cease its business in Iran. Hyundai exports and manufactures vehicles in Iran in coordination with Iranian regime-controlled entities.

Isuzu

Vehicle Production Bahman Group

2010: Bahman produced a total of 14,121 Isuzu vehicles.

$32.7 million    

Kia

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Exports

Vehicle Production

SAIPA 2010: SAIPA produced 19,298 Kia vehicles. $2.4 billion    

Lamborghini

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Exports Gerami $3 million (Audi AG)

January 2013: Lamborghini informs UANI they are no longer doing business in Iran.

October 2012: Launched a campaign calling on Audi subsidiary and luxury auto brand Lamborghini to end its Iran business.

 

Maserati

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Exports Arta Tech Motor

January 2013: In a meeting with UANI, Maserati said its dealings in Iran had concluded. In a follow-up letter, the company stated, "Since our meeting, Maserati’s representatives have also successfully worked with Facebook to disable an Arta Group site which falsely suggested a Maserati presence in Iran."

October 2012: Launched a campaign calling on Fiat luxury auto brand Maserati to end its exports to Iran. Maserati was reportedly opening a dealership in Tehran to cater to the Iranian regime elite.


A dealership claiming to be authorized by Maserati was set to open on Mirdamad Boulevard in Tehran
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Mazda

Vehicle Production Bahman Group 2010: Bahman produced 36,891 Mazda vehicles. $2.4 billion March 2012: Launched a campaign calling on Mazda to end its business in Iran. Mazda is tied to the IRGC through its partnership with the Bahman Group.  

Mercedes-Benz/Daimler

Vehicle Exports Setareh Iran   $4.2 billion  


Mercedes truck being used as a ballistic missile launch platform.
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Mitsubishi

Vehicle Production Bahman Group   $337.7 million    

Nissan

Vehicle Production

Pars Khodro

SAIPA

2011: SAIPA subsidiary Pars Khodro produced 2,688 Nissan vehicles. $17.7 million

In May 2010, was awarded the $1 billion "Taxi of Tomorrow" contract by New York City.

January 2011: Launched a campaign calling on New York City to refuse to award the $1 billion Taxi of Tomorrow contract to any company that conducts business in Iran, including front-runner Nissan.


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in armored Nissan jeep with his entourage and bodyguards.
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Peugot

Vehicle Production Iran Khodro 2011: Iran Khodro produced 468,799 Peugeot vehicles. Peugeot and General Motors (GM) recently cemented a partnership in which GM has acquired 7% of Peugeot. The U.S. Treasury owns a 27% stake in GM. In response to UANI's campaign, Peugeot declared in March 2012 that it ended its shipments of car components to Iran, but since that month, more than 100,000 Peugeot vehicles have been built in Iran.

March 2012: Launched a campaign calling on Peugeot to end its business in Iran. Peugeot, the leading foreign auto brand produced and sold in Iran, is partnered with Iran Khodro, which is controlled by the Iranian regime.

 

Porsche

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Exports Moin Motors 2011: 206 Porsche vehicles were sold in Iran in the first five months of the year. $228,438 April 2012: Porsche ended its business in Iran.  

Renault

Vehicle Production

Iran Khodro

SAIPA

2011: Iran Khodro and SAIPA produced 102,928 Renault vehicles.

  April 2012: Launched a campaign calling on Renault, as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, to end its business in Iran and sever their all to Iranian regime entities.  

Subaru

Vehicle Exports 2006: Subaru estimated sales of 2,500 vehicles in Iran.      

Suzuki

Vehicle Production Iran Khodro; 2011:Iran Khodro produced 4,393 Suzuki vehicles. $1.3 million  


Plainclothes police on a Suzuki motorcycle.
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Toyota

Vehicle Exports

Toos Khodro Orang

Irtoya

2008: Toyota sold 4,000 vehicles in Iran. $154.4 million  


Iranian security personnel in Toyota pickups.
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Volkswagen

Vehicle Production Bam Khodro 2010: Bam Khodro produced 314 Volkswagen Vehicles $1.9 million    

Volvo Group

Ended Business With Iran

Vehicle Production

SAIPA

Runiran

2010: SAIPA Diesel produced 2,366 Volvo vehicles.

Runiran produced 474 Volvo vehicles.

$167 million  


Volvo truck towing Iranian missiles.
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Iran’s auto industry is continuing to experience high levels of growth even while international sanctions are closing off a wide range of the Iranian regime's sources of revenue and access to foreign technology. Aided by partnerships with automakers from France, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Germany, Iran’s auto industry has enjoyed more than 20% average annual growth since 2000. Nevertheless, foreign auto makers are beginning to recognize the risks of doing business in Iran. According to a U.S. government report, foreign carmakers are now entering the Iranian market with "caution in light of concerns about U.S reaction and reputational risk."

Such caution is well founded. The IRGC notoriously exploits Western technology, using vehicles imported or license-built by makers such as Volvo Group, Mercedes (Daimler) and Toyota to serve as mobile platforms to stage public executions or transport and launch ballistic missiles. Honda and Suzuki motorcycles are the vehicles of choice for violent gangs of regime-sponsored Basij militia and plainclothes police.

Despite the misuse of their equipment, and U.S. and EU sanctions targeting the IRGC, many automotive companies continue to unapologetically do business with the Iranian regime. For instance, European and Japanese carmakers such as Renault, Nissan, Peugeot, Volvo Group, Mazda, Isuzu and others continue to carry out extensive business and manufacturing agreements with IRGC affiliates such as IKCO, Saipa Group and Bahman Group.

It is time for foreign auto companies to stop enriching the Iranian regime and empowering is agents of repression and terrorism. Automakers must end their Iran business now. To this end, UANI has developed model legislation for adoption by the U.S. Congress that will force auto manufacturers to choose between American taxpayers and the Iranian 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.