• Aug 28, 2009
Indian vehicle maker Mahindra is looking for a way to avoid import taxes when it puts its pickup truck and Scorpio sport utility on the U.S. market sometime in 2010, so it's no surprise that Automotive News is reporting that the manufacturer is on the hunt for a stateside assembly location. It's the same reason why there are Honda and Toyota plants here, and Mahindra is no stranger to selling vehicles in our market – or assembling them here, for that matter.

Already well established selling tractors to American farmers, Mahindra has three U.S. plants for its agricultural products already. Looking at how Mahindra has stretched out to many different regions and markets, there's little doubt that assembling pickup trucks here in the U.S. from knock-down kits is going to be easy, as they're already doing the same thing in Egypt and Brazil, for example.

The U.S. market has precious few true small pickup offerings left, the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado/ GMC Canyon twins are about all there is, and there may be untapped potential for a well-priced truck, particularly one with a diesel engine. That's what Mahindra is banking on, as it is apparently planning to make the United States one of its largest export markets.

[Source: Automotive News - sub req]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, I happen to know a place in Fremont that's for sale...

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/28/MN6919EL3P.DTL
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, it is a better idea. If UAW thinks that they can beat down Mahindra, they don't know a thing about the militant Indian labor unions. Compared to them, UAW probably is very civilized. Mahindra has stared down much more militant unions.

        One thing about Asian labor unions is that they make the management tough. That's why Asian car companies can go mano-a-mano with unions in US while D3 quiver in their boots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Link of the Day
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's also the Oshawa truck plant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mahindra plans for the US to be it's biggest export market in the future. I'm sure they are planning ahead, have have lots of location/facility options for building trucks. They should be able to pick up a factory at bargain basement prices. I'm also certain there are a lot of US auto workers would love to be building cars again... union or not. www.MahindraPlanet.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      NUMMI NUMMI NUMMI NUMMI NUMMI
      • 5 Years Ago
      The truck is cool and all and I'm also down with the " more comptition means better products" and not to mention it's a diesel BUT ( you knew it was coming) am I the only one that doesn't really find this truck all that "pretty"

      now I'm not saying these trucks should be great looking but the ranger is a fairly decent looking trucknthis looks like it Has polio or something...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Indian vehicle maker Mahindra is looking for a way to avoid import taxes when it puts its pickup truck and Scorpio sport utility on the U.S. market sometime in 2010, so it's no surprise that Automotive News is reporting that the manufacturer is on the hunt for a stateside assembly location."

      So an import tax can force an automaker to create jobs here? Huh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no, an import tax can cause things NOT to be offered here, or to cost more if they are built here.

        Protectionism above and beyond fair trade policies don't do us any favors, nor does giving away our industry to slave-drivers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AB forgot to mention three other major players:

      Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really, Ranger is one of the last true compacts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They definetley should've included the Frontier, the Dakota even, but the Honda what? Ridgeline? Is that the useless thing that sits in front of Honda dealers and wastes space on the lot that could be used for good cars from Honda?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, the Tacoma is FAR from compact (221" overall with the DoubleCab Long Bed), and the Canyon/Colorado are considered midsize, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since when did Honda Ridgeline become a truck?? Just because poseurs drive around claiming they drive 'trucks' doesn't make it a fact.

        Ridgeline is an Accord wagon with the rear top lobbed off.

        Just sayin' ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ridgeline and the Dakota are mid size (or larger)... i don't even think the Canyon is comparable.

        The state right to work laws have affects on unions... I expect a south-eastern facility most likely.

        I really like the Jeep gladiator as well... but it would never be good gas mileage... :(

        • 5 Years Ago
        The Dakota is a quite large truck, darn near as big as a full-size. Same with the Frontier. Both also have fuel mileage figures that are virtually the same as a full-size truck.

        A small truck, like the Ranger, the GM twins, and, well, the Mahindra offerings, are perfect for parts-chasing, errand-running, post-office runs, and all the other little every-day tasks where a nimble vehicle with the ability to carry a load and yet still have a small turning circle and economical operation count for something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I cant believe no one said it yet..... soon to be vacant NUMMI!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex, go look up NUMMI on wikipedia, and then look at the very first comment on this story.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suspect this will be a successful product.

      Too bad Jeep never made the Gladiator. That would have been the coolest truck ever. I would buy one and I don't even need a truck...

      http://www.allpar.com/model/jeep/gladiator.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      just because they buy a building doen't mean they buy the workers.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously, I don't understand what they're on about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      M&M's current importer is based near Atlanta. There are already lots of auto plants in the southeast with lots of suppliers all over. The region makes sense and will probably be a major sales region too. People like trucks in the south.

      FWIW, I've seen the Mahindra prototypes testing on the roads in Atlanta and the trucks definitely look like the real deal. Not too fond of the sheet metal but it's a pickup not a Ferrari. It will be interesting to see what this truck inspires from the other brands. Hint: somebody bring back the 80's version of the Hilux! Dammit that's all most of us need from a truck.

      I sat in traffic this morning looking at all the pickups around me. They were all quad-cab F-150s or Silverados, or extended cab Tacomas or Titans. None of them were a basic work-a-day truck like this M&M or the old Hilux. The truck I need doesn't have four doors or leather or all that BS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the NUMMI location along with a partner like Subaru would work. They will have to wait three months or so after NUMMI closes and reopen nonunion. With a large population of Hindus and Sikhs and a good wage they should be able to prosper with out the need of a union.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm... as I recall, the Colorado/Canyon plant in Shreveport will be empty soon...
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