Friday, January 11, 2013

In Case You Missed It: "The Announcement Comes Following a Campaign by UANI Aimed at Pressuring the Two Car Makers"

In Case You Missed It: "The Announcement Comes Following a Campaign by UANI Aimed at Pressuring the Two Car Makers"
UANI's Successful Maserati and Lamborghini Campaign Covered by Carscoop, MotorAuthority, GTspirit, The Algemeiner

Maserati and Lamborghini Pull Out of Iran to the Satisfaction of UANI

By Andrew Tsaousis
January 10, 2013

Last October, "United Against Nuclear Iran" (UANI) CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, along with NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Iran180 executive director Chris DeVito, held a press conference in front of Maserati's Manhattan showroom.

The three men had stated that Maserati, along with Lamborghini, have been added to the Iran Watch List as they entered into import agreements with the country - something they deemed unacceptable due to the Iran's nuclear program. Maserati, in particular, was lashed because it had said it planned to open a dealership in Tehran. ...

After talks between the interested parties, Lamborghini said it has ended "any interest, negotiations or established relationships regarding operations of any type in Iran."

Maserati, on its behalf stated it has "ended discussions with a potential vehicle importer and distributor," the Arta Group, and has threatened legal action against it if it won't stop using its name. ...

We won't get into the politics (pun definitely intended) of the issue but we guess the decision was a no-brainer for the two luxury brands once their executives weighed the volume of the U.S. market for their cars against that of a Iran.

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Maserati, Lamborghini Announce Iran Pull Out

By Kurt Ernst
January 11, 2013

Joining the likes of Porsche, Hyundai and Toyota, Italian automakers Maserati and Lamborghini have announced their departure from the Iranian market. According to The Algemeiner, the move appears to be in response to pressure from a group called United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI).

Requests from UANI, targeted to the Italian automakers, reportedly went unanswered until an October press conference outed the fact that Maserati and Lamborghini were still doing business in Iran. ...

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Lamborghini and Maserati Abandon Business in Iran

January 10, 2013

After many months of rumors and deliberations, Maserati and Lamborghini have confirmed that they're withdrawing all business from Iran effective immediately. The shock announcements comes after a campaign run by the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) organisation pressured the two firms to shut up shop. ...

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Maserati, Lamborghini Withdraw Business From Iran

By Zach Pontz
January 9, 2013

Both Maserati and Lamborghini will no longer do business in Iran The Algemeiner has learned. The announcement comes following a campaign by United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) aimed at pressuring the two car makers into halting their activities in the country.

The campaign appeared futile until an October press conference held by Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran, and New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

"We weren't trying to just embarrass anyone. We sent several letters to both companies asking them about their business in Iran and they just didn't write back," UANI spokesman Nathan Carleton, speaking of the press conference, told The Algemeiner

The public appeal seems to have worked. "After the event we were immediately contacted by Lamborghini. They told us they were out, they weren't doing any business in Iran anymore. We're happy with that," Carleton said.

A meeting with representatives from Maserati soon followed.

During the meeting Maserati insisted it didn't have dealings in Iran after its parent company, Fiat, announced in May that it no longer had a presence in the Islamic Republic. Mr. de Blasio pointed out to them that they had been in negotiations with the Arta group and that the group was still using the Maserati name. He suggested that legal action be taken. ...

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United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran should concern every American and be unacceptable to the community of nations. Since 1979 the Iranian regime, most recently under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership, has demonstrated increasingly threatening behavior and rhetoric toward the US and the West. Iran continues to defy the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations in their attempts to monitor its nuclear activities. A number of Arab states have warned that Iran's development of nuclear weapons poses a threat to Middle East stability and could provoke a regional nuclear arms race. In short, the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran is a danger to world peace.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

The Objectives of United Against a Nuclear Iran
  1. Inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons, as well as Iran's role as a state sponsor of global terrorism, and a major violator of human rights at home and abroad;
  2. Heighten awareness nationally and internationally about the danger that a nuclear armed Iran poses to the region and the world;
  3. Mobilize public support, utilize media outreach, and persuade our elected leaders to voice a robust and united American opposition to a nuclear Iran;
  4. Lay the groundwork for effective US policies in coordination with European and other allies;
  5. Persuade the regime in Tehran to desist from its quest for nuclear weapons, while striving not to punish the Iranian people, and;
  6. Promote efforts that focus on vigorous national and international, social, economic, political and diplomatic measures.
UANI is led by an advisory board of outstanding national figures representing all sectors of our country.

American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran | 45 Rockefeller Plaza | New York | NY | 10111

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