The on-again, off-again, sued-again story of Mahindra pickups in the U.S. via their sole distributor Global Vehicles isn't over yet. In fact, Global Vehicles CEO John Perez says he's hoping to have the trucks on sale here in the States sometime in the spring of 2011.
Perez couldn't confirm a solid date, however, he wrote in a letter emailed to potential buyers. It's merely a date "in [his] estimation."
If this sounds typical of the sort of nebulous, generally positive but positively vague information we've gotten out of Global Vehicles over the past several years of waiting for Mahindra, that's because it is. Part of the problem, however, lies with the relationship between Mahindra and Global Vehicles itself.
Perez has previously complained about a lack of transparency on Mahindra's part, and Mahindra doesn't appear to be all that interested in keeping Global Vehicles in the loop--or involved in the process at all. Switching from Global to another distributor is part of the ongoing legal dispute between the two companies.
All that's left for us, the fans of the punchy little diesel TR20 and TR40 pickups, is to wait and see if either Mahindra or Global can come through on their promises. Looks like it's going to be a long winter.