Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says American's don't even want to drive a Chevy.

Iran has banned imports of Chevrolet models into the country.

The decision comes shortly after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the imports of foreign products and specifically called out Chevrolet by noting "Even the Americans are not interested in buying such cars because of their weight and high fuel consumption."  The Supreme Leader of Iran went on to say "Why should we import the cars from a bankrupt American factory? This is very odd."

Following Khamenei's comments, an official at the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade said an order for 200 Chevrolet cars should be cancelled.  The deal was worth approximately $7 million but the official said "The person who has registered the car orders has been informed that their import is not allowed."

A number of international sanctions against Iran were lifted earlier this year following a historic nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.  This has helped to open up the Iranian marketplace and the country began allowing imports of certain foreign vehicles from BMW, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and Porsche.  However, the influx of foreign products hasn't pleased Khamenei as he believes Iranian consumers should support domestic manufacturers instead.

Source: Reuters

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