UANI Launches Fiat Campaign, Urges Fiat to End Its Business in Iran
April 19, 2011
Contact: Nathan Carleton, [email protected]
Phone: (212) 554-3296
Launches Fiat Campaign, Urges Fiat to End Its
Business in Iran
New York, NY - United
Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on Fiat to end its business in Iran
announced ads in today's am NEW YORK
and Metro New York
newspapers highlighting the
Fiat Campaign. The ads have a circulation of approximately
700,000 in the
New York metropolitan area. Click here to view
Referring to the Fiat
UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, said:
dealings in Iran are unacceptable. In
doing business with a regime that so defiantly violates international
is giving Iran an economic lifeline to continue on its dangerous
Instead of selling cars and trucks in Iran for profit, Fiat should pull
Iran now and show that it is a responsible corporation.
should be justifiably concerned with
Fiat's business dealings in Iran given that Fiat has been the recipient
$246 million in U.S. government contracts since 2000. Moreover, Fiat is
30 percent owner in American automaker Chrysler. It is doubtful that
will purchase Fiat or Chrysler vehicles knowing that the proceeds will
go to a
corporation that does business with a brutal and repressive
simply, Fiat must choose between its business in the U.S. or its
Earlier this week,
UANI sent a
letter to Fiat explaining its concerns with Fiat's business dealings in
In the letter, Ambassador Wallace wrote:
UANI calls on
Fiat to follow the lead of other
responsible corporations, including such prominent automakers such as
Toyota, and end your business dealings in Iran.
As reported in The
New York Times, some 2,000
Fiat vehicles have been produced for sale in Iran (The
New York Times,
"Profiting from Iran, and
3/6/2010). Given that the Siena model, which you developed in
agreement with the Pars Industrial Foundation, is still prominently on
on the Pars Website (http://www.topco-ir.com/fa/home.aspx),
reasonable to conclude that Fiat is continuing to actively develop and
cultivate business relationships in Iran.
As reported in
the The Wall Street Journal, Iveco
trucks have been used not only to transport Iranian missiles, but have
used to stage gruesome public executions. When confronted
evidence, Maurizio Pignata, Director of Iveco's press office, callously
dismissed the problem by stating the company "can't know the ulterior
exploit of our vehicles." (The Wall Street Journal,
"The Rome-Tehran Axis,"
finds this explanation remarkably lacking, given the regime's long
sponsoring terrorism and committing human rights abuses.
Fiat is poised to
re-enter the U.S.
market with the launch of its Fiat 500 model. Fiat will promote its
into the U.S. market at the New York International Auto Show beginning
22. UANI is calling on New Yorkers to protest Fiat's presence
at the New
York International Auto Show and send a message to Fiat.
UANI has asked Fiat
to respond by
Click here to view
the ad in Metro New York and am New
Click here to send a
message to Fiat
Click here to read
the full text of the letter to Fiat
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