UANI Applauds AB Volvo for Pulling Out of Iran


February 13, 2013

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UANI Applauds AB Volvo for Pulling Out of Iran

Automaker Ends Business in Iran Following UANI's Campaign


New York, NY - Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded Sweden-based AB Volvo (Volvo) for ending its business in Iran.


In December, UANI publicly called on Volvo to pull out of Iran, highlighting its sales there and its subsidiaries' partnerships with the Iranian regime-controlled entity Saipa Diesel. UANI presented Volvo with photographic evidence of its trucks being used by the Iranian regime to transport missiles.


This month, in discussions with UANI, Volvo stated that it "[took] the decision in January 2013 to stop all business with companies [in] Iran."


UANI applauds Volvo's decision, and will list it as having withdrawn from Iran. Volvo is the seventh prominent automaker to pull out of Iran within the past year, joining Hyundai, Fiat, Porsche, Lamborghini, and others.


Said UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace:


We applaud AB Volvo for pulling out of Iran. The Iranian regime relies on the automotive sector for revenue, and to support its military operations. Volvo joins a growing list of responsible automakers that have decided that the moral and fiduciary risks of doing business in Iran are too great. We call on the automakers still active in Iran to take the same step of immediately ending their Iran business, in order to economically isolate the Iranian regime.


UANI launched its "Auto Campaign" in March 2012. In May 2012, Ambassador Wallace testified about Iran's automotive industry before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.


AB Volvo is a separate entity from the Volvo Car Corporation, which has certified that it does not do business in Iran.


Click here to read UANI's December 7, 2012 letter to AB Volvo.

Click here to visit UANI's "Auto Campaign" page.

Click here to read UANI's "DRIVE Act" legislation.