: New truck and SUV coming to the US market



Rolex
08-27-10, 10:00 AM
Mahindra, and Indian company, is a name (for me) associated with tractors. We have a big Mahindra tractor dealer in this area, and I'm told they make a quality product. They also have a near 50% market share for trucks and SUVs in India, and have been trying to expand to a global market for awhile now.
They've been trying to get EPA emissions approval for their diesel based vehicles. Well, they got it:

http://wot.motortrend.com/6678091/we-hear/mahindra-trucks-finally-get-epa-certification-sales-to-commence-in-december/index.html

For you Dallas folks:
http://www.dfwmahindra.com/

Here come the 2.2l 4 cyl turbo diesel trucks. Power is rated at 150 bhp and 300 ft lbs of torque, all with ~ 30 mpg. I think they'll compete with the mid sized Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and maybe the Toyota Taco market. The trucks arrive in late 2010 with a hybrid model coming sometime in 2011.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/mahindra-tr40-front.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/2010-mahindra-scorpio-02-1.jpg

Lord Cadillac
08-27-10, 01:48 PM
Yeah, I've been waiting for this company to get here for years.. I registered MahindraTalk.com on 6/27/2008.. I don't really have time to get into that site now but I always find it interesting when a new company comes along. They do have a very good reputation...

Stingroo
08-27-10, 01:53 PM
Their logo looks like a massive ripoff of the new(er) Oldsmobile logo on the front of that truck.

Night Wolf
08-27-10, 02:07 PM
With all the current "compact" pickups now full size (Ranger being the last until it's replaced) It appears that this truck will fill in what was once the "compact" pickup segment. I like it.

pual0101
08-27-10, 03:51 PM
A good small/midsize truck that can haul/tow enough cargo should definetly compete.

Stingroo
08-27-10, 03:59 PM
I like the SUV much more than the pickup.

Jesda
08-27-10, 05:05 PM
About time we had more than one compact pickup in America

ga_etc
08-27-10, 05:23 PM
Their logo looks like a massive ripoff of the new(er) Oldsmobile logo on the front of that truck.

Or an upside down Daewoo logo.

Playdrv4me
08-27-10, 05:28 PM
Or an upside down Daewoo logo.

Nailed it.

By the way, its about time we had not just some new compact pickup to get lost in the sea of bland trucks, but some DIESEL options for once. Even if the design is a little... ancient.

ga_etc
08-27-10, 06:11 PM
Yeah. It will be really interesting to see them when they start rolling out here in the states.

Stingroo
08-27-10, 06:46 PM
Nah totally a ripoff of the Olds logo:

http://www.mahindra.com/index.asp

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-27-10, 07:04 PM
Cool! Always happy to see a new brand enter the market place....so exciting! I hope they go the way of the Honda/Toyota, and not down "Daewoo Drive". I like the concept of having a compact truck/suv with a diesel motor, but the design leaves much to be desired...oh well though. I don't believe that the first Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans, Kias or Hyundais being show stoppers either, but it was enough to build a following and a reputation.

It'll be neat to have an Indian made car sold in America. They've had them in Europe for a while now, but never over here.

I've heard of Mahindra tractors before, but never seen them up this way. I guess they must not have a real strong dealer network yet?

ben.gators
08-27-10, 09:00 PM
Sorry, but after watching couple of Bollywood movies I need to ask this question: Do these Indian cars need Indian drivers to show their extraordinary power and features? or every one can do? :D
For example like this flying tractor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S-7m5CbMYA

hueterm
08-27-10, 11:08 PM
Chris -- that thing looks like your minitruck! ;-)

Actually, those will probably do well, based on how good their tractors are...

Rolex
08-27-10, 11:27 PM
Chris -- that thing looks like your minitruck! ;-)

Actually, those will probably do well, based on how good their tractors are...

You mean it's fugly? :p Actually the tie down cleats along the bed sides are similar to the mini trucks. The design is very simple and utilitarian like most of the little work trucks overseas. I don't think the design isn't immediately appealing to most of the US consumers' eyes, but it will grow on people.

I wonder how well these little trucks will fair with crash testing? The final deciding factor in me not deciding to license my mini truck to drive on the roads was the crash test reviews on them.

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I would hope these Mahindra trucks fair better than the typical mini truck. I'd also be interested in the price point they'll shoot for. All I found was mostly speculation that they would be well equipped in the lower 20s.