Buzz has been building for quite some time regarding Mahindra's anticipated introduction of the Indian company's compact pickup offerings into the United States. Mahindra's TR20 and TR40 diesel pickups were slated for sale in the U.S. in Spring 2010, but this rosy estimate assumed that the compact trucks would be certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to tailpipe emissions and fuel economy figures by that time.
Our colleagues at PickupTrucks.com are reporting that although an EPA spokesperson has confirmed that Mahindra has had "informal discussion" with the Agency, the company has apparently not officially filed for certification of the vehicle. Hmmm... What could this mean? Could it be yet another delay in Mahindra's plans for a U.S. vehicle launch? Or could this suggest the possibility that Mahindra's internal testing revealed a need to go back to the drawing board in order to pass EPA emissions requirements?
Only time will tell. Keep reading AllPickupTrucks.com and we will do our best to keep you up to date with the latest on Mahindra's attempts to bring back some true compact and fuel efficient compact pickups to the U.S. market.