• Oct 18, 2010

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

We apparently won't be seeing any Mahindra trucks on U.S. roads any time soon. The company has announced that it has no date in mind for its American introduction, and that as of right now, its progress into this market is indefinitely delayed. The hangup resides in an ever-growing legal battle between the Indian company and its almost-was importer here in the States, Global Vehicles USA. As you'll likely recall, GV USA claims that Mahindra improperly terminated its contract with them earlier this year, noting that the automaker now wants to sell vehicles directly to U.S. customers instead of going through a middle man.

Mahindra, meanwhile, says that it doesn't want to get into a "war of words" with its former importer. Also, the company has made it clear that it still wants to break into the American market. How exactly it plans to do so is still somewhat murky, however.

In the meantime, Global Vehicles USA has filed an injunction in federal court claiming breach of contract and urging the court to bar Mahindra vehicles from entering the states in the future.

One thing's for sure, this mess has yet to completely unravel, and none of it bodes well for the availability of inexpensive diesel-powered pickups in America.



[Source: Associated Press via Journal Gazette via PickupTrucks]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mahindra rollout was hopelessly botched from the get-go. Mahindra got greedy and tried to weasel its way out of the original contract, while Global Vehicles did its part by announcing production times without much information to go upon.

      I wouldn't have wanted one even if it had gotten out as a semi-decent truck, simply because the whole venture so far has proven itself to be so corrupt and untrustworthy. I have a feeling this truck would have failed if they actually brought it out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they should tie up with Roger Penske to sell the trucks in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at that diaaster! This is considered to be bad news? Face it, no one is going to buy this thing, not even all the people crying out for small, diesel-powered pickups. The interior looks like it came from a mid-90's Hyundai Elantra and I'm sure the rest of the package isn't much more modern.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've was inside of a Pik-Up about six months ago.

        Saying it had the interior of a mid 90's Elantra is the biggest compliment for that vehicle. Its interior was below a grade of a 1980's Hyundai, maybe even a Yugo.

        Materials were abysmally poor, seat fabric thin and cheap, fit and finish wasn't a consideration. I've posted this numerous times so I don't really feel like going down the list again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe that there is a market for such a thing IF: the build quality was high and it was a darn sight better looking than this thing is, and had some sort of reliability record. I just don't see too many people buying one with this truck's "disabilities."
      • 4 Years Ago
      One would think with an interest in trucks of this size the domestic automakers would receive this as good news, and take this as an opportunity to bring their own vehicles to the marketplace.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Indefinitely delayed? That's just the status quo for Mahindra. Nothing has changed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think this is for the better the truck market is really crowed as it is and i just don't see them selling many as it is. they might as well cut there losses and move on
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone surprised here? Really, the ongoing delays and false optimism got old a long time ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Report: No one is surprised, only disappointed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was already disappointed as this truck wasn't coming to Canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who won the pool on this one?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish GM would go one step further and just resurrect the Elkie for those who don't need to haul so much at once. Give it a subframe, and the thing can be fairly light, but still strong, while getting great mileage. Best of all, side liftover height becomes manageable again, rather than being a backbreaker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everyone saw this coming.

        One positive I would like to think that happens from this is that Ford and GM sees that there was some interest in a small-ish diesel pick-up and they update their Ranger and Colorado lineup for the US soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder how such a large and established company could mess up so bad!
      • 4 Years Ago
      is anyone really losing sleep over these worthless excuse of a truck? move on!
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