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The dust-up between Indian automaker Mahindra and its jilted would-be American dealers is set to get a little nastier. According to Automotive News, several dealers have joined a lawsuit against their former partner that seeks both a refund for any fees paid to the truckmaker as well as punitive damages. One Jerry Ackerman is at the center of the suit. He paid $450,000 for three Mahindra franchises and now alleges that both Mahindra & Mahindra and Global Vehicles U.S.A. are in breach of contract. Ackerman's lawsuit is now seeking class action status.

Automotive News reports that the lawsuit could eventually represent as many as 350 dealers who signed up for franchises in the States. So far, around 45 dealers have shown interest in joining Ackerman's effort. Meanwhile, another 70 dealers recently met in Atlanta to discuss potential legal action against Mahindra. That lot has decided to file grievances against Mahindra with individual state motor vehicle agencies.

As you may recall, Mahindra originally contracted with Atlanta-based Global Vehicles U.S.A. to distribute its pickups in America, but later backed out of the deal. That left Global Vehicles U.S.A. and its dealers in a lurch. Global Vehicles U.S.A. initially filed suit against Mahindra but later dropped the effort.

The future prospects of Mahindra's diesel TR20 and TR40 pickups in North America remains uncertain.


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      NightFlight
      • 4 Years Ago
      .... and I hope that they win. Mahindra is scum, their business practices are shady, and their vehicles are AWFUL. I really hope that they are never sold here.
      AngeloD
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the article: "..The future prospects of Mahindra's diesel TR20 and TR40 pickups in North America remains uncertain." Uncertain?? In other news, General Franco is still dead, LOL.
      Making11s
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've said it since the beginning. That little Mahindra pickup truck will never be sold in the US, and anyone doing business with them here will lose out because of it.
      Jim in Tampa
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is the ugliest, misproportioned thing out there. It resembles a donkey!
      Jac Zobel de Ayala
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a tin can pickup
      CarCrazy24
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm Indian and I think these pickups are lousy. 21mpg from a diesel? Unacceptable, they deserve to fail and I hope they get sued.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      IBx27
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, I hope the dealers lose. This is what happens when you try to bring crap into our market. Let this be a lesson to everyone trying to get indian and chinese cars in here.
        JaredN
        • 4 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I hope the dealers win. The Mahindra truck may (or may not) be crap. But that's not the issue here. The issue is that the dealers entered into a contract with Mahindra and Global Vehicles in good faith, and got totally screwed. Mahindra did not live up to the terms of their contract, and should make the dealers whole.
        WillieD
        • 4 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I hope you lose all your money in an unfair way.
        rocketmoose
        • 4 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        That sounds awfully xenophobic, you know.
        artandcolour2010
        • 4 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        You had me until the last sentence. I don't think we should automatically write off every car from any country. Stereotypes are never the smart choice. I think we should always judge every car, and carmaker, on their own merits.
        graphikzking
        • 4 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        ibx.. be smart about this. If the dealers lose..then the chinese/indian companies keep our money. I hope they get their money plus some back so that in the future the companies are afraid to do business here. I hope Nissan gets the balls together and puts a nice diesel into their Frontier and blows these out of the water. That would be great. Nissan can bring us a damn Murano convertible.. I'm POSITIVE a diesel Frontier will outsell that and probably be cheaper to implement/test than a convertible suv (or whatever the hell it is).
      • 4 Years Ago
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      M Lange
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like their plans to open dealerships were.. *puts on sunglasses* Ma-hindered *Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah*
      purplewonagain
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get it, these "investors" saw a picture of Mahindra's offerings and thought, "yeah, that will sell well in America" I agree the idea of a small Spartan diesel truck has appeal, but even if they did bring it over, no way they'd be able to compete. They should be glad Mahindra backed out, probably would have lost more that 450k in the long run.
      sbaldrickz28
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares!
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