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

March 1, 2010
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 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 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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