• Feb 2, 2007
In August of last year, we had news of India's Mahindra and Mahindra planning to bring their Scorpio SUV to the States. Apparently, they have firmed up those plans and contracted with Atlanta's Global Vehicles USA to be the sole distributor. According to Advertising Age, Global has signed up 195 Mahindra dealers and plans to add 105 more before sales begin in fall of 2008. While the Mahindra SUV was expected, Global's advertising agency, Titan, let slip that Global will also import a "sport recreational vehicle" and a two-door pickup. The agency said all three would be turbo diesel powered.

While we don't know for sure the exact models Mahindra will send us, unless they have designed all-new U.S. spec vehicles, the pickup above, called the PIK Up, is one likely suspect. And we're just not sure what a "sport recreational vehicle" is. We guess it will be Titan's job to tell us.

[Source: Advertising Age]

Mahindra's Scorpio SUV...




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      • 8 Years Ago
      Go ahead and call me crazy, but I would love to see something along these lines stateside. Now that SUVs are falling out of fashion with the trendy folk we might get back to basics in trucks. I'd love to get a truck/suv that I didn't have to worry about getting dirty because I could simply hose the thing out. Manual, full-locking transfer cases are better, as are manual front hubs. You know they're engaged, and something like a blown fuse doesn't leave you stuck. Real trucks don't need sub-10 second 0-60 times, they need torque and a decent chassis for towing. Power windows and cruise control should automatically disqualify any vehicle from being called a truck or "utility" vehicle.

      If the Indians can get one of these to the states, and maybe even under $18k, it'd be great, although it's going to take some time to prove any kind of reliability.

      Too bad Land Rover can't get a Defender 90 over here that complies with DOT/EPA for under $20k, I'd be in line to get one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Justin, lets go halves on a Mahindra dealership on Route 1 in Woodbridge... We'd probably become the largest Mahindra dealer in the country.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If they can bring a 4cyl Turbo Diesel pickup to the states, and under $15,000... I'm there...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, but will they come with turban holders and curry-warmers? That'd be a deal-breaker for me if they don't.
      Gary
      • 8 Years Ago
      When it breaks down, will you have to call a customer service center in India where nobody speaks of understands Oh sorry !! I'm thinking of AOL and Dell ....
      Paula
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing is disgusting and hideous looking!! I wouldn't drive one of them if someone PAID me!!
      josh
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, of all things, trucks from India. I was hoping more Citroen, Renault, Fiat, Lancia, Peugeot, Opel, Vauxhall, etcetera, but for something novel, it's okay...pug-ugly, but if people bought Ford Aspires, they will definitely buy these. Although a Datsun Honeybee would catch my attention first.....
      2vette
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK!!! I guess most Americans will buy anything if it is cheap enough. However, in India their human rights records are appaling. They will save a cow and let their people starve to death in the streets. Oh yeah right!!! I am going to help that mind set by buying one of their products? NOT!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      My guess for the "sport recreational vehicle" would be the Mahindra CL 500/550 MDI http://www.mahindra.com/MAHINDRAS/automotive/CL500-550%20MDI.HTM
      Dare I say it, Its possibly one the Finest Off-Road vehicle out there.. I say it cause I drove this beast in Kerala, which unlike rest of India is a completely different terrain.. None of the Jeeps here would be even able to trek up some the mountains there, and the roads in Kerala are probably the worst in the country and this baby is able to hit the potholes as if it wasn't there..

      I hope they bring it, but I doubt it meets any safety standards.. But who needs them..lol
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know for a fact that these jeeps sold in India take a beating and keep on ticking. The roads, payload, dirt, and abuse these vehicles take in India are crazy and they just keep running. Hope they're just as reliable in the much "softer" US market.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Heck yeah, I'd have one! This would make a great farm runabout. Must be a 4wd though. The diesel makes it really sweet. Bare bones Truckness has been sadly lacking in recent years. It's even hard to find rubber floormatted models.

      Unfortunately, I don't ever see these actually making it through the gantlent of gov't. trade restrictions, tarriffs, etc., not to mention the U.S. consumer's taste in trucks.

      How in the hell do we tell manufacturers that we want bare bones, tough, simple, diesel, not too big?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ahhh, more competition on our market. Too bad those cars are freaking ugly but I bet if they are priced low enough people will still buy them I guess.
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