Well, that was short lived. Following the nuclear deal struck by world power, Iran had international-economic sanctions lifted, allowing for the import of foreign vehicles into its borders.
Now, Iran has said “no” to Chevrolet and General Motors. According to Reuters, a shipment of 200 Chevrolets, worth $7 million, was cancelled as the vehicles were loaded up in South Korea. A source inside the Iranian ministry quoted an unnamed official stating, “Even the Americans are not interested in buying such cars because of their weight and high fuel consumption. Why should we import the cars from a bankrupt American factory? This is very odd.”
Still, it seems Opels are safe as an import, for whatever reason that may be.
Obviously, there’s some spin going on there, but the official was also reportedly busy talking up domestic products over foreign vehicles, denouncing imports. We weren’t aware Iran made many cars. The official also criticized young people for purchasing cars, which are seen by some as a luxurious commodity.
Chevrolet has been removed from the official importation list of Iran, which also includes BMW, Porsche and Hyundai.