The Iranian government has suddenly banned imports of all Chevrolet cars, trucks, and SUVs in a bid to give local automakers a much-needed boost.
"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," said 76-year old Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader.
The ban is effective immediately. Notably, an unidentified buyer who recently spent $7 million on no less than 200 Chevrolet cars was forced to cancel the deal as soon as possible. Details about the order are vague at best, but Reuters reports the cars were expected to arrive from South Korea, not from North America.
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