• Jun 17th 2010 at 2:31PM
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According to the Hindustan Times, Global Vehicles, the Atlanta-based company that is slated to be the exclusive U.S. distributor for Mahindra & Mahindra vehicles, alleges that more than $95 million has been spent on getting the country ready to buy the Indian Pik-Ups. The problem is, and has been, that Mahindra still hasn't provided any vehicles to sell. The Indian company is waiting on paperwork and testing for EPA approval to sell the trucks here.

GV is tired of waiting idly, and has brought a lawsuit against Mahindra for having missed two soft deadlines and two hard ones. GV claims the delay has been "inordinate," Mahindra says the lawsuit is "without merit." We say that no matter who's right, this is not the way to bring a truck to market.

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[Source: Hindustan Times]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Way to ensure further delays...idiots!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Cody R.

        Seriously. Why are these coming over here? I don't get it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @cody Obviously not everyone is you. Some people like these trucks. That is why they are coming to the USA...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not like we wanted those ugly trucks anyway!
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I said that there was no way in hell that this pickup would hit it's overly optimistic deadlines, I was downranked.

      I said it before, and I'll say it again - IF Mahindra ever actually even gets here, it's probably not going to be till 2011. Their original projections for selling XXXXX number of units by the end of 2010 were absurd.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I was downranked. "

        Not by me.

        People seemed to want a magic truck and hoped this would be it. They didn't want to hear a reality check. I got downranked also.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anything to prevent these hideous trucks from hitting the streets of North America, I'd be satisfied with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That little truck looks super awesome sitting behind that pile of rocks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may get be down ranked for sounding like a jerk ... but I have worked with Indian companies in the past. They always provide amazing sounding things on paper but when it comes time to deliver its usually quite disappointing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please don't tell me that they come from the factory with that giant, vinyl lettering on the tailgate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Documented proof of agreed upon deadlines, fine.
      Agreed upon resolution for missed deadlines, unlikely; for $95 million, good luck.
      Like we need more trucks in this market anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great way to treat the business partner upon whom you depend. I expect in a fortnight or so I'll be reading: "Global Vehicles, the Atlanta-based company *once* slated to be the exclusive U.S. distributor for Mahindra & Mahindra vehicles". Twits.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And in that case we will be here discussing just how many more years the truck will be delayed. You can't just change your distributor (especially for something allegedly so close to importation) with no problems. Mahindra would have to go and found a partner willing to sell the vehicle, which of course takes time, and Global Vehicles would no doubt sue to stop any vehicles from being sold until its issues with Mahindra are worked out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or Mahindra might just choose not to sell it. 1. It's not like they don't have other markets to sell into. 2. A distributor that causes trouble even before the vehicles go on sale? Who'd want to work with that shower?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Indian Standard Time my friends. Weddings, trains, and apparently now pick up truck deliveries.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Good! Please don't bring that hideous chicken hauler to our shores. It'll make America look like a third world country! What's that.... we already ARE a third world country? Okay, I'll buy one with the chicken coop configuration and equipped with the combo chicken decapitator/disemboweler/dismemberment option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      to Mahindra...welcome to America. Land of the Sue. Get use to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      great way for the distributor to lose it's distributing rights at the very end, when the Truck may be in the last stages of getting certified..as for the $95 million figure I doubt that...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The distributor is most definitely not bankrupt-if you read the article you'd see that they spent $35 million and collected $60 million in franchising fees-that's how they're getting that $95 million number. Between them and the dealerships there's been $95 million spent but they should have the $60 million the dealerships paid them minus the $35 million spent.
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