Iraqis call the Dodge Charger ‘Obama’. And why not.
After taking you to Japan, Puerto Rico, Poland and Australia, today we’re flying to Iraq. Well figuratively.
Not too keen on Baghdad? That’s ok. You can travel to 170 other countries and territories in my blog. Or today I can offer you the 264 best-selling models in the USA in October 2012. Every single one of them.
Where were we?
The kingdom of General Motors and Chrysler… Yes sir.
Iraq hasn’t had anything noteworthy in the automotive space since the Iraqi Taxi debacle of the 1980′s, but with a population larger than Saudi Arabia, substantial oil reserves and increasing stability, Iraq is becoming a new target for automakers eager to sell cars to a population that’s been barred from Western vehicles due to international sanctions.
Japan’s auto industry is slowly putting its toes back into the Iraqi quicksand. Their stalking horse is Sumitomo, which established the first office of a Japanese company in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, The Nikkei [sub] reports. The office is in the business center at Baghdad’s international airport, surrounded by American military facilities. They’ll build the world’s most heavily guarded workshop. (Read More…)