Mahindra Pickup Still Coming In 2009 Despite Report

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Contrary to a report in The Wall Street Journal, executives from Global Vehicles USA say the first imported pickups from Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra will be available for sale in the U.S. later this year instead of postponed until 2010.

According to John Perez, CEO of GV USA, via spokesman Mike Geylin, "...there will be Mahindra pickup trucks on the ground, delivered to dealers in calendar year 2009. The number will not be large, but they will hit the showrooms. The major launch, which is still scheduled as a regional roll out, gets going in earnest during 2010."

The Wall Street Journal cited Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of Mahindra, as having said the truck would not be launched in the U.S. until 2010.

There have been several previous miscommunications about the new pickup. The truck had originally been expected to start sales in the first quarter of 2009, before the launch was postponed until December. It was going to be called the Appalachian before that name was scrapped for an alphanumeric badge, likely TR20 or TR40. And a diesel hybrid version has been put on the backburner.

The Mahindra pickup will be offered in two cab configurations: a two-door regular cab and a four-door crew cab. The diesel-only truck will use a slightly modified version of Mahindra's "mHawk"' 2.2-liter inline four cylinder diesel engine. It's expected to have fuel economy ratings as high as 30 mpg and 1.3-ton hauling capability. Final U.S. pricing for the pickup is expected in September.

Comments

Great news John,

Save me a black, 2Dr, 4WD

Great news indeed. Can't wait to drive one!

Indian pickups are great news?

Black 4wd 2door forsure. Indian pickups? Whats wrong with that? They are filling a void left buy most major manufacturers that alreay have a competitive model in there international markets....Tacoma/hilux...frontier...Ranger...colorado/canyon...etc.
all found elsewhere as a diesel. Honda has a 6 cylinder they could drop in the ridgeline and I'd be right there...

Very good news indeed. If their pickups are as good as their tractors, then these will be a great addition to the market. Welcome.

"Honda has a 6 cylinder they could drop in the ridgeline and I'd be right there..."

That explains a lot.

Go buy your Indian truck.

Mike Levine, what's the Crash rating on the Crew Cab? (Front and Side) Not a Bad looking Truck!!! Any Idea what's the RPM is running at 60 MPH? Where can I get a Booklet on this?? Thanks...

Wander how Peppy this 4 Cylinder Diesel is and what's the RPM running idleing and running 60 MPH? I'm not looking for a race, I just want some power to merge in on HWY or to pass someone, if you know what I mean.. VERN!!! LOL...

So, I wonder if they will out source their customer service hot line to the U.S.?

No bad feelings, but...perhaps some of You don't know much about the very poor construction quality of Indian (or Chinese) cars... So if You think American cars are bad engineered, You'll have to see some of those Middle or Far East 'vehicles' with Your own eyes! :D

wow that is ugly

IMHO, another death trap coming from Southeast Asia... But let's not concentrate on this gruesome assessment. Read on:
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Back in 2005 the Russian car magazine Autoreview (www.autoreview.ru) tested a couple of Mahindra's SUVs, which at that point were supposed to be produced in Russia. The SUV and the pickup in this news seem to be quite similar mechanically. Here are some highlights from those tests:
- Narrow door openings, tough to get in/out.
- Cheap materials inside, although the general assembly quality seems to be OK.
- Soundproofing is decent (on the version with a 4 cylinder gas engine.)
- Very light and imprecise steering.
- The same SUV with a diesel (not the same diesel as in the US version) was noticeably noisier inside and out, with lots of vibrations on the steering wheel.
- The diesel-paired gas-engine-sourced manual tranny sucked, as it was not adapted to the engine.
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All in all, this was in 2005. By now this SUV quietly left the Russian market - sales from the get-go were practically non-existent.

The owner of Mahindra is US educated, and many in his staff on this project are from Detroit. I am sure they know what they are doing. In general, the mahindra are rugged and reliable vehicles. As an indicator, Mahindra has second largest market share sellig tractors in USA and beaten John Deere in a straight fight. Their tractors are of good quality. I welcome competition as it is always good for consumers.

The ignorance and bias of commenters like Tom is mind-boggling. A compact with features and utility like Mahindra will offer is sorely lacking. Tom- if you know nothing of Mahindra tractors and their history and reputation in the US, then you should probably STFU before you make yourself look any more like an idiot. Wait until the pickup comes to shore and let it build a rep (or not!) before you start bashing based on ignorance.

let us not forget where companies like Hyundai and Kia were just a few short years ago, and what the vehicles they are producing now are like. This vehicle may look a little out dated, and even end up being a little less refined than most new cars; but if they aim to make a go if it, and learn as quickly as many of the newer manufacturers have, it will only be a couple generations of production before they make a class leading, competitive vehicle. In the mean time, if you can live with less refinement and style, they may be likely to be a bargain priced, capable, and durable truck.

Many of you are already driving the 20 most dangerous cars in America (FORBES) including most of the small trucks domestic makers have been selling, rather successfully. I think it proves the American market is more geared towards low price, not high quality. That's why a more affluent buyer tends to spend the extra money on safer cars, but there's some safe mid priced vehicles too. So this model is a natural shoe-in for American consumers. Topping the list of the least safe: the Buick Rendezvous, the Ford Ranger/Mazda B-Series, the Nissan Frontier, the Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner and the Toyota Yaris. http://www.forbes.com/2007/07/26/cars-dangerous-twenty-forbeslife-cx_bh_0726cars.html

Mahindra will be the the new Toyota since Toyota has for all purposes watered down there trucks to the point of uselessness .

The Mahindra pickup reminds me alot of the old Jeep Comanche made in the 80's and 90's. Even the angle of the windshield looks to be the same, with the cab looking a little taller. This might be a sleeper of a pickup.

My 80-something grandfather's first automatic will be a Mahindra 2 door truck. It's the only truck he's found that he believes can replace his 1989 Dodge Dakota 4-cyl 5-speed.

I have a Mahindra tractor, great tractor! Looking forward to the pick-up, right now would be good. How come there isn't a decent small diesel out already? Wait, I think I know. Will it be out in time and will the dealers participate in the cash for clunkers program? hmmm

Make mine a diesel hybrid please.

Frankly I am getting alittle tired of waiting for them to get the truck here . I could have built one myself , that is much bigger and better MPG . I have been looking at the sprinter . It gets the same MPG and is 3/4 ton . If that big thing can get that than why can't this truck get 40 or 45 MPG . I like this little truck from what I can see . But, I need more specs than what they are giving . Looks like they do not want to sell them or they would be releasing more information weekly .

The negative comments sound similar to those voiced when Hyndi came to the US. Now look at them, inexpensive, small...perfect!
A high mileage pick up will sell very well. But they need an extra cab for the American consumer. We shop and need a weather proof place to transport.
If the data is correct the Mahindra will be my commuter vehicle and handle work on the farm. It is perfect.

In the late 1970's, Toyota ramped up its utility with a 4x4 pickup with a basic 4 cylinder gas engine, 5 speed and $7995 price tag. Fast forward 30 years and Mahindra does the same thing, with a much needed niche product, a diesel powered pickup with 30+ mpg!/$22000! Kinda like a Willys Jeep..... tough, simple, effective and cheap. I say to all the critics, dont buy one, but I will!

I just saw a two door version in Calhoun, GA which is about 70 miles north of Atlanta.

This makes total sense. The American manufactures are worried about selling cars and trucks but they are always sitting on the side lines watching imports beat their brains in. Of course this truck is going to do well, it’s inexpensive and gets great fuel economy! It can serve as a great work truck and it will have of road capabilities, what more can you ask for? The fact that it is damn ugly only adds to its charm! When will the big three get it through their thick skulls that America is more then ready for the diesel engine? Men love trucks, and real trucks have diesel engines (Hello) anyone listening? We like no frills, we like fuel economy, it makes it that much more fun! I had an old VW rabbit pick up and that truck was a blast (60mpg) way back when. That truck was naturally aspirated and could not get out of its own way, but it was fun to drive never the less. VW has missed the perfect opportunity to do it again. The big three will always come in last when it comes to understanding the needs of its customers!

I've been waiting for a truck to come and fill this void in the marketplace. I just don't think this one is going to be the one though. It needs a manual transmission, lower price tag and even though the mileage is good it just isn't good enough to sell me on it. I'll give one a test drive but I don't think I'll be a buyer.

Whoa! Nelly!! I'm excited about this baby. If it can handle a small bed camper?, I will be one happy camper. Been waiting too long for a small Diesel pickup! Isuzu had a nice one but you know the rest of the story. Anyway, count me in.


Ford has a diesel that looks like a Ranger,but only for sale in S.America..A test drive of it from Brazil to purduo Alaska,it got 45 M.P.G. This one suppose to get 30..

The Big Three US automakers long ago sowed the seeds of their own destruction. They are joined at the hip with Big Oil and Big Oil wants to sell as much gasoline as possible, and they can't do that when they have stiff competition from diesel engines. I'm old enough to remember how people laughed out loud at the early Datsuns, Toyotas, Subarus, Isuzus, etc. Now these foreign companies are laughing all the way to the bank. I say way to go India and to the Big Three: "you snooze--you lose."

John H

Gosh! All this arguing about Indian made quality or lack thereof....How can you argue about something you can't drive!!!??? Where are they? Even the posts are old.



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