• May 8th 2010 at 6:10PM
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Plagued by a series of setbacks, delays, and that little thing called "the chicken tax," Mahindra has yet to receive EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 federal emissions certification for its TR20 and TR40 pickups. But man, they must be getting really close. Right?

John Perez, CEO of Global Vehicles USA, Mahindra's exclusive U.S. distributor, says that all the emissions testing on the trucks has been completed and the paperwork is being submitted to the EPA for final approval. Approval itself is expected to take about 30 days. At that point, Global Vehicles could begin importing the trucks to the United States. They'd arrive on our shores 30 to 60 days later.

By our math, that sounds like we could have Mahindra pickup trucks on U.S. roads before the end of August, but neither Perez nor Mahindra's corporate offices are talking sale dates yet. Experience has probably taught them not to make predictions, but with 330 dealers signed up and raring to go, we're sure that official sales date can't come soon enough for any of the parties involved.

When they eventually go on sale, Mahindra pickups will be offered in two configurations: a two-door regular cab, the TR20, and a four-door crew cab, the TR40. Both will offer Mahindra's slightly modified version of the mHawk 2.2-liter inline-four-cylinder diesel engine. Official EPA numbers obviously haven't been determined yet, but the trucks are expected to have fuel economy ratings around 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Not too shabby considering their 1.3-ton hauling capability. Pricing is expected to start around $22,000.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there's some perspective needed here. For those resistant to a "third world" truck, consider that most likely all the bed linens, towels, home accessories (summer lanterns, fire pits, table lamps, ceiling lamps etc) you own are made in India. Virtually all. If not there then China. And those cheap Old Navy clothes- mostly India (and China) as well. Same with the underpants you've got on. So, you're already living the American dream thanks to "third world" stuff. When the price is competitive, Americans show little loyalty to anything but their thick wallets. The Mahindra just might take off- if they can package it to the average, less discerning customer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tex...so-called "third world vehicles" have been sold here for decades. What's your point? These trucks are held to the same safety/emissions standards as other trucks sold here.

      Wiggy...I can't even come up with words to respond to what you've typed. I'm sorry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm ROFL from Texmln's comments.

      Obama gets into office for what, a year, and you're going to blame 30 years of the effects of REAGONOMICs on him?

      You look at the crap they sell in HomeDepot, Lowes, Target and Walmart for the last 10 years?

      Have you looked at CEO pay vs. Worker pay lately?
      Have you looked at the effects of an Unregulated Oil, Coal, and Wall Street on America?
      Have you Looked at FOREIGN OWNED Fox "News"?
      [ One Million Lies Told. ]

      Have you wondered why we can't have Energy Independence, Believe in Global Warming or raise Import Duties? Fox-Saudi-Owned News, Exxon, Walmart.

      If you're going to make a political Statement, Learn Something First.
      If you're going to stay Uninformed then do us a favor and Don't Vote.

      • 5 Years Ago
      These won't sell for 22k. No one knows who Mahindra is in this country and starting them at a pricepoint higher than a Toyota Tacoma is quite foolish.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree it migth be overpriced.
        But a lot of people know who mahindra is in this country.
        They have been selling tractors here for a long time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's the reliability of their tractor line?
        That may be an indication of the reliability of the truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll just import another 15 year old diesel HiLux that looks like new with only 90,000 km on it when I wear out the one I have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of you guys seem to be in the "everything in america is best, but being diluted" camp.
      It is an easy place to be pissed off from.
      It is, however, a difficult place to actually believe exists if you look at some statistics.

      There is one thing clearly third-world about the United States - and it is some of our current health care statistics. That is not even debatable.
      The funny thing to me is that the same people who are so vehemently pro-life in the abortion debates are equally vehemently anti policies that might seek to correct these discrepancies.
      But what you are worried about is that a truck built somewhere - which will have to pass the same safety requirements as any other vehicle on our roads - might be sold here?

      I applaud your patriotism, but wish you were more discerning about the veracity of what you're being told while the people telling you are waving the flag above themselves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...So where are they selling these things anyway?
      • 5 Years Ago

      true they wouldst pass current regulations, but dont you think they can be re-engineered to meet them? they could be brought up to current regulations and still be cheap IMO. plus they could bring in new small motors that could be a great crate engine for the older models if they decided to used the same placements and mounting points. plus they could bring diesel motors to compete against the Mahindra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are these trucks going to get a 50% import duty just like they do with our products?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are being assembled here to avoid the Chicken Tax
      • 5 Years Ago
      So now it's another 90 days? So they are talking about August? Yeah, ok. If they sell ANY vehicles by the end of the year, I would be shocked.

      And at $22k that's a joke. I could see a basic - low cost - pickup selling in the US, but in a market segment that seems to be incredibly loyal to the Detroit automakers, and at prices that don't seem to under-cut anyone, I don't expect this truck to sell well at all.

      The best result of all this would be for Ford or Chevy to see that a small basic pickup has demand. And if those 2 redesign their offerings, they will blow away anything else out there. The issue is getting them to see that there is a big enough of a demand to put some effort into that market niche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      O, can hardly contain myself. joy. joy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the price is a little high but the question is how many do they need to sell to justify selling them here? Who are the dealers? Are they being sold by equipment dealers who also sell there tractors? My sister has a small farm and needs a new tractor and truck. I would love to see them go for that market, offer a deal on a truck, tractor and a trailer for the tractor all for one price and a single loan payment.
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