• Feb 17, 2011
Global Vehicles U.S.A. was under contract to import the diesel-powered Mahindra pickup, but the Indian automaker claimed that the pact had expired. The drama between the two companies began over the summer when GV filed suit against Mahindra in Atlanta, GA claiming that the automaker was attempting to cut the importer out of the action. Mahindra later flat-out refused GV's $35 million order back in September, leading to more bad blood.

But now, Automotive News is reporting that Global Vehicles has withdrawn its lawsuit, but the importer isn't throwing up the white flag just yet. Court papers show the suit was withdrawn because GV chose instead to throw all its efforts into a British arbitration panel that will rule on the case in August. The London panel reportedly refused to rule on the case while there was also a lawsuit in the States.

Mahindra also found itself at the wrong end of the publicity machine in the last week as the Environmental Protection Agency gave its small diesel pickup a lackluster fuel economy rating of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are nowhere near the 30 mpg Mahindra has promised all along, but GV CEO John Perez has apparently told AN that the vehicle tested was the four-wheel-drive equipped four-door model. Perez claims that the rear-drive, two-door model will have 40 percent better fuel economy than the loaded-up four-door, and the 30 mpg number will still happen.

We know four-wheel-drive and the extra weight of a crew cab configuration will hurt fuel economy, but in our mind, that still doesn't add up to a 40-percent drop in fuel efficiency. Either way, we'll have to hold out hope that Perez is right, because unless the model offers exceptional economy, we think it's going to have a seriously hard time building a business case for itself among America's consumers.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing could have been a cool frugal truck with great gas mileage. I just dont see how they got 19mpg. Even the very primitive old MB diesels got that much gas mileage in a much heavier sedan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Global Vehicles does well in court to make up for the underhanded dealings of Mahindra.

      My worry is, given Mahindra's track record of using North American certification delays (they generated themselves to break a time sensitive contract with GV) and this truck achieving no where near the fuel economy promised, that an arbitrators ruling in England won't be enforceable in North America and Mahindra will again drag their proverbial feet.

      Buyer BEWARE!
      • 3 Years Ago
      a FORTY percent improvement with 2 fewer doors & 2WD? Even with a manual transmission I don't buy that for a second.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Mahindra will be finding a new distributor.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No thanks. Just give GV back its money, and never bring that to the US.
        • 3 Years Ago
        2 doors, 2 wheel drive and a MANAUL transmission someone forgot to mention = 30 mpg.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two words: Epic Fail.

      The fuel mileage was the only real selling point for this thing. It wasn't going to be priced competitively and it is far from attractive so fuel mileage was all it had going for it. So much for that. My F150 does that well.

      If you take Mahindra's buisiness ethics as an indication of how they build their vehicles, then you might be afraid to leave your driveway in this truck.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      If removing four-wheel drive and two doors is enough to gain 10 mpg then it either means that the vehicle is ridiculously underpowered or the four-wheel-drive is ridiculously badly engineered. Either is a great reason not to buy this truck.

      The Jeep Liberty CRD got 21 mpg with 4x4. Simply saying it's getting bad mpg because it has four-wheel-drive is not an excuse.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn. I always wanted an Indian pickup truck.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Get a Jeep Comanche. It's probably more modern (and reliable) than the Mahindra will ever be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ive got a grey market imported 1984 Land Rover 110 (Defender). It has a 2.5 L turbo diesel (200tdi) is full time 4wd and heavy as hell with all the knick knacks i have on it.

      Still gets about 27 MPG on the highway..and its almost 30 years old
      • 3 Years Ago
      It still mystifies me that seemingly so many are still going ga-ga over this ugly crude looks-like-a-70s-Datsun pickup. For those that are actually clamoring for a truck like this, by a 25 year old diesel Toyota (they did make them, for a little while) - it'll probably still be more refined and more durable than this heap of garbage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Purely from a visual perspective, this truck looks like it will tip over to the back if the bed is loaded in the back.

      The truck and all the associated drama is a joke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        With a torquey diesel, a loaded bed and short wheelbase will make for an excellent wheelie machine!
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