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Mahindra Pik-Up – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Chicken Tax strikes again? When Indian automaker Mahindra first decided to sell its oft-delayed compact diesel pickups here in the United States, the company said it planned to assemble the trucks from knock-down kits imported from India as a way to avoid paying the 25 percent tariff on imported trucks. Later, that decision was repealed and the first Mahindra trucks that make it across the ocean will in fact be completely assembled in India.

At the time, Mahindra alluded to quality concerns as the reason the change was made, but that apparently doesn't mean the decision is set in stone. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Mahindra has been in talks with Navistar – makers of heavy-duty trucks and diesel engines – to have the American company assemble its TR series of trucks here in America at Navistar-owned facilities.

Now that Ford is building its own diesel V8 engines for its line of Super Duty pickups, we'd imagine that Navistar will have a bit of latent manufacturing capability, which could equal a win/win scenario for both it and Mahindra. Further, the two companies have been involved in joint ventures in India since 2005. We'll see how it all plays out soon enough, but in the meantime, the first Indian-built Mahindra pickups are scheduled to arrive within the next few months.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd support removing the truck tariff if the countries that are trying to send us trucks opened their markets too, but neither the Japanese nor Indian markets are properly open to American vehicles. We just don't have anything to gain by removing it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I said vehicles, not trucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with your point, but do we make trucks they would want to buy?

        Last time I checked we don't make anything that competes with Daihatsu/et al mini trucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see this truck in the Great White North and I know quite a few people that would love to see them aswell, Its like a Ford Ranger but with a diesel, Gotta love it! Cant wait to see someone mod them with a program like a bulldog tuner system or whatever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe we need to open our minds to other manufacturures because the american mentality constantly forces extra large displacment engines upon a population that usually travels solo. Most Americans buy pick up trucks for show and tell, never utalized for what they were built for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a hideous truck. Why is **** like this even attracting anyone? Why would anyone consider a truck that looks like it fell out of the early 90's?

      Seriously, who cares if it costs a couple thousand less than something decent. It looks like garbage and it's made in India...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vapor-ware! ...or whatever the vehicle equivalent is. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Mahindra trucks have been "just a few months" away from the US market for several years now. I'll believe it when I see them on the showroom floor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen a few pre-production models with manufacturer plates running around in South Texas, so I'd say it isn't vaporware, but it sure has been delayed quite a bit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you go to http://www.navistar.com/Navistar/ ,Mahindra is listed as a Subsidiary.So then,what are they f****ing waiting for??Export the stupid pick-up truck already(sorry,just a little peeved that the date keeps getting pushed back).

      A suggestion I would have is,maybe re-badge it as International.Slap on a water-fall grill and an 'Inernational' I on it and it would be a great additional line-up to the brand as a great no-nonsence truck.Or keep it as a Mahindra and sell it at the dealers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now where in the hell did I leave my gun? Oh, there it is......honey I won't be long, I just got to put that poor thing out of it's misery.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks like a fantastic truck...circa 1993.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the Sang Young for the american
        : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      These things are actually safe? I know they passed US standards and all...but I'm still a skeptic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off, I have to say i like these trucks, I have for years. To all the arm chair CEO's who have never driven one of these, just go back to your fifth helping of Golden Corral chicken and dumplings. M&M have long had ties to International Harvester which was Navistar's grand father. M&M built International tractors under license. They also built Jeep's under license from the 1950's This truck is basically an evolution of the what they learned from making Jeeps for years. Unfortunately, the automatic transmission only in the USA leaves me out. I do not buy them. Also, anyone having dealings with Navistar International knows the quality problems they have. I think M&M should rethink the move for their own good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they go hold hands with Navistar, I could see this truck being rebadged as the next Ford Ranger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks cool! It does remind me of the old pickups from the 1970s. And the fact that it is going to be a cheap truck means, it better have the payload as well in order to compete with other trucks, in other reports by autoblog, it seems that it might have a fighting chance!
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