Mahindra working on 2nd Gen Truck

December 28th, 2010

News is spreading today that Mahindra is working on a 2nd gen pickup truck. It’s been several years since Mahindra dedicated to launching their TR20 and TR40 model pickup trucks in the United States. We still don’t have any pickup trucks, but according to Mahindra Planet, we do have word of a next generation pickup truck with over a 1 ton capacity.

Many are growing weary that an Indian based diesel pickup will ever reach the States. In any case, it’s good to know that they are making our imaginary pickup bigger and better.

Mahindra Truck September Updates

September 28th, 2010

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A lot has happened in the last month concerning the Mahindra Pickup. For those of you that have not been able to make it to Mahindra Truck Forum for the latest information, we hope this will help catch you up to date.

First, the Mahindra Pickups FINALLY get EPA Certification:

MahindraPlanet: http://mahindraplanet.blogspot.com/2010/08/breaking-2011-mahindra-pickups-get-epa.htmlPickupTrucks.com: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/08/breaking-mahindra-receives-epa-certification-to-sell-diesel-pickups-in-the-us.html
AutoBlog: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/08/22/mahindra-diesel-pickups-finally-get-epa-certification/

Second, Global Vehicles files lawsuit over Mahindra’s constant delays:

PickupTrucks.com: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/06/mahindras-us-distributor-files-lawsuit-over-truck-delays.html
MahindraPlanet(Reaction to the Lawsuit): http://mahindraplanet.blogspot.com/2010/09/global-vehicles-v-mahindra-news.html
Jalopnik(Actual Lawsuit Shown): http://jalopnik.com/5565683/this-is-the-lawsuit-attempting-to-bring-indian-diesel-pickups-to-america

Third, Global Vehicles Talks About Mahindra Delaying the EPA Certification:

PickupTrucks.com: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/09/global-vehicles-usa-says-mahindra-delayed-truck-certification-to-void-contract.html
AutoBlog: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/10/report-mahindra-intentionally-voided-contract-with-u-s-distrib/

Fourth, Mahindra replies to Global Vehicles talks about delays(kind of):

TruckProfile.com: http://truckprofile.com/blog/mahindra-says-they-are-good-guys/13/
Mahindra Media Cube: http://mediacube.mahindra.com/Latest%20Press%20Releases/Statement%2023rd%20September%202010.aspx

Fifth and Final… Still in the middle of a lawsuit with Mahindra, Global Vehicles to place a $35 Million Dollar Order for pickup trucks:

Jalopnik: http://jalopnik.com/5646839/global-vehicles-bitch+slaps-mahindra-with-a-35-million-pickup-truck-order
MahindraPlanet: http://mahindraplanet.blogspot.com/2010/09/breaking-global-vehicles-order-mahindra.html

What will happen next?! Stay tuned at MahindraTruckForum.com for the latest talk and updates.

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While we wait for Mahindra…

July 17th, 2010

Truck ProfileThings have been a little slow around MahindraTruckForum.com while we wait for Mahindra to bring their trucks to the US. While that could still happen this winter, that’s a good 5 months away! So, the people that brought you mahindratruckforum.com(ok, maybe it is just one guy), have been laboring night and day to bring you another truck site that you will enjoy.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the new and improved TruckProfile.com. TruckProfile.com has been an ongoing project for the last few years. It has seen a couple different faces in that time while we figure out the best route to take it. Finally, a couple months ago we found the right concept, and the right developer to put it all together.

So, what is TruckProfile.com?

TruckProfile.com is basically a social networking site for trucks and their owners. We aren’t trying to replace forums or trying to take over all the truck sites on the internet, but we think we can do a good job of showing off your truck. As we grow, we will probably provide truck news, contests, and provide resources for modifying your truck.

When you become a member of truckprofile.com, you create profiles for your various trucks, share information about your trucks and upload pictures of your trucks. While we are in beta, most of the information on the site is pretty raw and displayed with very minimal formatting and design… but we kind of like that.

We have many plans for TruckProfile.com‘s future, but we are trying to take it one step at a time. Please help us make this first step perfect by joining, adding trucks, and uploading pictures. If you see any bugs, we would love to know about them! You can send feedback to info@truckprofile.com.

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Mahindra may opt to build pickups using a Navistar US factory later

January 10th, 2010

mnAfter a few delays and a great deal of speculations, Mahindra sets it straight in an interview by Dow Jones Newswires as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

While the first few batches of pickups will be assembled in India, Mahindra is planning on getting Navistar to build their TR pickups on one of their US factories. This move will allow Mahindra to avoid the chicken tax, which imposes a 25% tariff on light duty trucks produced outside the US.

“Once we decide to assemble in the U.S., we would look at Navistar’s facilities to see if there’s something available which is right for us and if that works out,” said Pawan Goenka, president of Mahindra’s automotive division. “We will certainly give priority to using Navistar’s facilities.”

Mahindra and Navistar are already working together in two joint ventures in India: one is for trucks and buses and the other is for the diesel engines for the said vehicles. According to Mr. Goenka, contract manufacturing of their pickups will be more cost-effective as compared to buying a factory in the US, since “the investment won’t be more than a few million dollars.”

The Scorpio-based pickups to be sold in the US this year will be imported from India and delivered to US shores starting the 2nd quarter of 2010.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

December 24th, 2009

christmas_treeMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the readers of MahindraTruckBlog. May the Holiday Season bring happiness and joy to you and your loved ones and may the good Lord shower you with fruitful blessings in the coming year.

Still no Mahindra TR20 and TR40 on February?

December 19th, 2009

TR20rearWhile Mahindra’s US distributor Global Vehicles is still maintaining their silence about the supposed launch of their much-awaited pickup trucks TR20 and TR40, it seems like there will be a delay yet again.

PickupTrucks.com reports that Mahindra will only be starting production late this month or at the start 2010 and will hit showrooms on spring unlike the expected February debut.

Along with this news, they also reported some personnel changes in Global Vehicles’ sales and marketing group. It’s sad that no new press releases have been issued by Global Vehicles despite all these delays that has been happening. The people have been getting more and more anxious because of the lack of news and considering the delays that will most likely happen again next year, it would be nice if Global Vehicles actually gave more updates so that their supporters can plan their next move. Some customers who have held off on buying to wait for the TR20 and TR40’s launch have expressed that they have grown tired of it so hopefully, this new management move will make things happen for them.

The Mahindra compact pickup built for India

November 17th, 2009

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Since we’re still a few months away from the launch of the TR20 and the TR40, Mahindra’s compact pickups designed for the US market, let’s take a look at what they built for the Indian market. The Mahindra Gio is supposedly India’s first compact truck and is a half-ton, diesel-powered 4-wheel pick up that’s loaded with much more features than their standard 3-wheelers and designed for moving goods in and around the city.

The Mahindra Gio is made for a whole new category in the Indian automotive industry, being in between the 3-wheel and 4-wheel utility vehicles. Its 9.1 horsepower engine was built by American company Kohler who typically makes them for mowers and tractors, paired with Mahindra’s 4-speed transmission. Other features worth mentioning are its 5-foot cargo box, 3.8-meter turning radius, “car-like” controls andback “trendy” looks. It comes out in 4 colors particularly Peacock Blue, Royal Red, Golden Yellow and Sporty Green. Probably the best thing about the Mahindra Gio is its bang for the buck. Its Suggested Retail Price is 1.65 to 1.68 lakh, which is just 3,578 to 3,643 USD converted.

While the idea of a 9 horsepower 4-wheel diesel truck may sound odd and its appearance a bit peculiar, bear in mind that the Mahindra Gio was built for the Indian market. That’s not how the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 will turn out. Don’t cancel your test drive appointments, people.

Visit www.MahindraGio.com for more details.

The Biggest Little Truck in the World from Mahindra

October 21st, 2009

Global Vehicles has justr20ost of the other trucks available in the US market today. With clean-burning engines that produce 30% less greenhouse gases than their counterparts and get 30 miles per gallon on the highway, the Mahindra trucks can give existing truckers or otherwise,  exactly what they need today.

The Mahindra 2-door and 4-door diesel trucks have a 6-speed automatic transmission, electronic stability control, traction control, active rollover mitigation, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and best of all, its turbo diesel engine runs on 140 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of torque. It also has an amazing payload capacity of 2,765 lbs., better than the standard pickups offered by Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan and Dodge.

It also looks like their February 2010 launch may push through at over 350 dealers nationwide. The Mahindra trucks will be backed by a 4-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and all 350 dealers will be servicing the trucks themselves.

Refer to the TR20 and TR40 links at the top of the page for the newly released US specs of the Mahindra diesel trucks.

Mahindra Truck and SUV Accessories

October 16th, 2009

mahindra_bolero_stinger_picture_galleryOne look at the Mahindra trucks and you’ll know that they will surely stand out from the rest of the vehicles on the road. But for potential Mahindra TR20 and TR40 owners out there who do not want their trucks to look like everyone else’s, Mahindra does offer a couple of accessories for their present trucks and SUV.

If you frequently pass by dusty roads or foggy areas, you may want to get your vehicle a Mahindra fog lamp kit for safety purposes. Mahindra’s fog lamp kit has lamps that are of the highest quality and will serve you for a long time.

aggro bull barPickupTrucks.com showed a picture of what could be the final US-spec Mahindra TR40 and it had a front bumper guard. This accessory is unique to the US market and is said to be offered as a standard feature so that the TR40 can pass low-speed crash test. However, Mahindra truck and SUV owners outside the United States who want the extra front end protection can get their trucks a bull bar in either a Macho or Aggro finish. The Macho variant comes in a steel finish and the Aggro variant has a powder-coated black finish. For those who would like a matching Roll Over Bar, Mahindra offers it too, not just for the added appeal, but also for extra protection.

mahindra-bolero-stinger-sideThose who love the classy chrome finish will like the Mahindra Chrome Kit, especially for the Mahindra SUV. The chrome kit features a scratch-free finish and thick nickel plating to prevent corrosion. It’s available for the front grille, door handles, side mirrors, tail lamps, tail pipes and front license plate. Mahindra also offers scuff plates for both their truck and SUVs to preserve and protect the sill from any scratches. Made from 100% stainless steel, the scuff plates come in a silver, black or camel finish.

mahindra-pickup-interiorFor the interiors, Mahindra offers several types of floor mats for their vehicles. I’m not sure about the printed nylon carpet mats, but they also offer transparent, magnum, vinyl and non-woven variants. Mahindra floor mats are washable and stay put because of the anti-skidding feature. Best of all, they are made to fit every contour in your Mahindra SUV or truck. They also offer durable, fire-resistant and low maintenance seat covers tailored for your Mahindra vehicle. It’s available in beige with gathering, almond, almond-coca, champagne, camel and silver-blue. Mahindra also offers their SUV owners a roof AC for maximum comfort, as well as entertainment systems.

You can get a closer look at some Mahindra accessories here or the Mahindra’s SUV accessories here. Do any of these accessories interest you Mahindra fans?

About Mahindra & Mahindra

October 9th, 2009

mahindra-logoAlthough new to the passenger vehicle market in North America, Mahindra & Mahindra is no stranger to the business. Mahindra & Mahindra is actually a major automobile and tractor manufacturer known all over the world. In fact, Mahindra Tractors is among the top three tractor manufacturers in the world and the fourth largest tractor brand in the United States. Customers know Mahindra tractors as high quality, dependable, durable and offer the best value. On the other hand, their automotive business extends to many countries including Australia, China, Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Guinea, Zaire, Bangladesh, Turkey and Eastern Europe with vehicles that have been widely accepted by various types of customers.

After years of selling passenger vehicles, Mahindra & Mahindra is finally getting ready to enter the US market with the help of their US distributor, Global Vehicles USA. Mahindra & Mahindra is taking their entry to the US market very seriously and diligently worked with various parties and instituted a wide range of modifications only to comply with stringent US standards and be able to strongly compete with numerous auto manufacturers when they finally become available. The launch of their 2-door and 4-door diesel trucks, the first two vehicles they will be offering have been delayed for a few months to ensure the high quality of vehicles US customers expect.

Mahindra & Mahindra vehicles are heavy duty, eco-friendly and fuel-efficient. Entering the US market with the goal of filling a niche that no other auto manufacturer has addressed, Mahindra & Mahindra vehicles will be coming out strong starting next year. As early as now, many people are anxiously waiting to get their hands on Mahindra’s vehicles.