• Nov 5th 2010 at 6:29PM
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Mahindra Pik-Up – Click above for high-res image gallery

The plot thickens. Global Vehicles USA, the one-time and possible-still (pending litigation, of course) importer of Mahindra pickups has sent an email to those who have reserved a spot for one of the first 30,000 or so little diesel trucks in the United States. You'll find the text of the email here, but basically the importer still sounds hopeful that it will be putting the Indian machines into the hands of dealerships at some unknown point in the future.

Will it actually happen? Our Magic 8 Balls are a little fuzzy on this one, but suffice it to say that we're not holding our breath. Is it possible that the importer and the automaker have reconciled? Best we can tell, that seems unlikely, but who knows? In any case, Global Vehicles is now saying that parts shortages and high demand in India are the main culprits for future delays.

If you need a recap of what's gone down in the past several months that's keeping Mahindra's wares from driveways across the States, click here. And to would-be owners... good luck. Thanks to all who sent this in!

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[Source: Global Vehicles USA]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unless this thing is priced under 20k with a diesel/4x4/crew cab, I don't see any takers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do the potential customers really want these trucks *that* badly? I don't think these will ever be sold here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's just agree to stop pretending that the Mahindra will ever be sold in North America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who in their right mind still wants one of these in the US? Even if they manage to sell them here, they will be chased out of the market almost immediately, leaving you SOL down the road when you need a part. I am all for small pickups and diesel, but this one isn't going to work out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And then there's the learning curve with rust in salty northern states Scrapyard engines and transmissions will be really cheap when these, like the LUV, disintegrate, leaving the mechanicals behind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm going out on a limb here and say that Mahindra has learnt more than a few things about building vehicles, namely tractors, for which they have an excellent reputation for durability and quality. Mahindra will sell these trucks over here, and will support them with a good dealer network.
        I don't know what is exactly going on between GV and Mahindra but it is possible that Mahindra has found GV lacking and wishes to do it themselves. I would prefer to buy this truck directly off a Mahindra dealer lot and cut out the middleman GV. If anything goes wrong with the truck Mahindra should be left holding the ball as far as warranty and customer service is concerned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does Autoblog care so much about this colossal piece of crap?? Every other day there is a story on here about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if these trucks are going to rust out in two years time like the old Japanese trucks of the 70s.
      This Mahindra looks like an old Toyota, Datsun or Isuzu truck of 30 years past.

      If people are willing to buy this, just to get a diesel in a small truck then Detroit better wake up and build one themselves.
      This truck looks to be horrendous at the very least.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Believe it or not making11s there are plenty of people who like the classic boxy jeep wrangler-like utilitarian looks of the Pik-up and even want to buy it, much like how there are some who like and would buy the dodge challenger for it's retro looks. Yeah I know 2 completely different vehicles but not everybody shares your tastes, nor should anybody be ridiculed because they don't share the same tastes as you.

      Now aside from that if I had a choice of importing a small pickup truck to the USA I would choose the Mitsubishi Triton/L200 (Strada in some countries) over the Pik-UP, or any US made midsized trucks for the matter, mostly because I had a great personal experience owning the Triton/L200 overseas and still miss it. It was absolutely the best small truck I had ever owned and nothing can compare to it. Not to brag but the Triton/L200 won 4WD of the year in Australia as seen here http://mitsubishi-motors.com.au/vehicles/4wd/triton.

      Getting back to the Pik-Up, I will give the Pik-Up a chance mostly because I know how efficient and powerful those 4 cylinder turbo diesel engines can really be when it comes to heavy duty loads vs a typical petro 4 cylinder gas engine or a much more thirstier v6. I have never driven a Pik-Up in my adventures overseas but I will definitely be inclined to test one IF they EVER make their way to our shores. I know the Indian company Mahindra has made decent industrial equipment in the past and really gave me no reason to shun them. I tend to ignore ignorant comments of a company, especially from readers who have never once stepped foot outside the USA and just only speculate.

      Hopefully once the hurdles clear and they begin coming on our shores in the spring I will be able to put this truck through my punishment test to really see for myself how capable it can be. So far many mid sized trucks here failed with an exception to the Nissan Frontier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Color me shocked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If people are willing to buy this, just to get a diesel in a small truck then Detroit better wake up and build one themselves.This is nice blog.http://www.apnilist.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      No way.

      Even if this became a showroom hero, it would be a service department zero. You couldn't trust Mahindra or GV to honor warranties, issue recalls, or get replacement parts to the customer on time.

      • 4 Years Ago
      When was this pickup truck designed? In the 1970s? It's reeee-ly ugly(!)
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