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Mahindra Pickup On Track For Late Spring, Insists U.S. Distro

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Despite some reports that the automaker might be lagging in its certification of its upcoming compact pickup model, the TR20 and TR40, the U.S. distributor for Mahindra reassures that U.S. plans are proceeding as planned.

"Timing stays the same," insisted Global Vehicles USA spokesman Mike Geylin, who said that the models are still set for a late spring on-sale date. Geylin confirmed to TheCarConnection.com that "EPA certification is in progress," but added that the application paperwork has not gone in because that's the last thing you do in the process. Global Vehicles has been reassured by the Mumbai-based automaker that it's all on time.

In December, the CEO of Global Vehicles said that the automaker had completed all testing and would be submitting its emissions-certification paperwork for approval by February. But as of late last month, the EPA had told PickupTrucks.com that Mahindra hasn’t yet applied.

And regarding crash-testing? Look to the parent company, says Mahindra's U.S. importer. "We cannot say anything specific about crash testing," said Geylin. "Mahindra & Mahindra is responsible for this, except, according to M&M, everything is moving in a positive way."

Mahindra has delayed the introduction of its TR-Series pickups in the U.S. several times already, to adapt the models for the U.S. market with a number of small changes, including a redesigned hood and front- and rear-end styling (which might or might not be safety related).


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Comments (6)
  1. I have $27K in my pocket just waiting to be dropped on the 140 HP diesel Mahindra :-) It's probably a much better deal than what the Chinese will try to lure me to their compact pickup trucks with.
     
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  2. Sign me up for a test drive! Ever since I heard of these trucks I’ve been dying to get my hands on one of them. Bengt Halvorson is absolutely right in saying that the Mahindra trucks will bring some fresh rivalry in the neglected compact/midsize segment of the pickup market. There is currently no pickup with all the qualities and features of the Mahindra trucks: compact, excellent payload, impressive fuel mileage and a clean diesel engine (co-developed by Mahindra and Bosch, a German company). And with the phasing out of the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota and, possibly, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, there is a definite need for Mahindra’s trucks.
     
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  3. I have spent 5 years waiting for this product. Thank goodness Mahindra is finally stepping in with a 30MPG pickup. I am ready to buy. Looking forward to the future of Fuel Efficient common rail diesel pickups.
     
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  4. It will be worth waiting for the Mahindra product... I heard its 30MPG and with features ( supposably true as per info) provided , the product will create new sensation...Fuel Sufficient ...Low Cost...Diesel...New rivalry...worth wait...
     
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  5. Keep buying imported products.When you lose your job and your retirement tanks maybe you can eat it.
     
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  6. USA,
    Yea, remember to buy American. I worked for GM and almost got fired for working too hard and not making enough mistakes. Go work on the assembly line for a week and then order a new American vehicle. Why do you think 40 years ago GM had 54% of the American market and now have less than 25%. Look up the facts for yourself!
     
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