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Never before has such a little truck had to haul so much baggage. It's been years that we've waited for Mahindra's T20 and T40 pickups to finally make it to America, and with a dispute between Mahindra & Mahindra's erstwhile U.S. Importer, GV USA, taking a long time to be settled by arbitrators in London, and dealers filing suits against both Mahindra and GV USA. With GV USA having gone out of business in September, it might be years before we ever see the T20 and T40.

Unless you believe the chaps at Mahindra Planet, "The Unofficial Mahindra U.S. News Source," who seem certain that Mahindra will be manufacturing trucks in the U.S. as of 2012. That's right, not just selling them here, but building them here. Their sources are unnamed, but the prediction relies on Mahindra's connection to Navistar, the international truck and bus maker that recently leased a massive factory complex in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Mahindra and Navistar have a joint operation in India, and according to Mahindra Planet, they've worked together since 1963. Navistar has said it will have more than 2,000 people working at the Alabama complex by 2015, but hasn't given any clue as to what it will be building there. Mahindra Planet thinks it will be the T20 and T40, and earlier this year Mahindra's CEO did say that Navistar was a potential U.S. partner.

It would appear to be entirely speculation, but there is one aspect of a tie-up that seems to make "A-ha!" kind of sense: if Mahindra builds pickups at Navistar's factory, it might also take advantage of Navistar's already-established distribution channels. Nevertheless, even if all of this were true, you'll probably have a lengthy wait: beyond the fact that Navistar's complex was only recently set up to build a small number of rail cars, Mahindra hasn't filed paperwork with the EPA for 2012-model-year trucks, so 2013 versions would be the first ones out. You might want to hold off on any wagers concerning that possibility...


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's ugly. And then there is Mahindra ugly
      dinobot666
      • 3 Years Ago
      Welp, I don't really care a whole lot about this truck in particular, but I am hopeful that it'll give Toyota or another compact truck manufacturer (er, I guess that would be Toyota then) a kick in the pants to get a proper compact(ish) diesel powered truck on the road very soon... because I want one! Just not a Mahindra.
      theweegeean
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really, really want a compact truck, but the Mahindra's just not it. My interest in the truck is completely evaporated.
      anon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see Lord Dark Helmet from Spaceballs in this?
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people will defect from their F150 or Grand Caravan to this "marvel of engineering" from India.
      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      Complete with the 2000's Oldsmobile logo.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yea, suuuuuure they will
      The_Zachalope
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is there a voice screaming "New for 1997!" in the back of my head?
        rstonnerdd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The_Zachalope
        Maybe even "New for 1977!" Shiva wields a truly serious ugly stick and hits Mahindra on all sides twice . . .
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better late then never, I kno lots of people have hard feelings about this brand but as consumers we should all welcome more competition. Especially if it is built right here in the USA. More competition is never bad for the purchaser/consumer and maybe it will make the domestics (Im talking to you ford for discontinuing your ranger) wake up and realize there is a market for those of us who need a truck but cant quite afford or justify a full size. As it is I can buy used but it sure would be nice to have a new one with warentee.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i am speechless
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Navistar, eh? If they were to redesign the Mahindra trucks for this market and also build them here, they could resurrect the International light duty line-up. That would be sweet.
      Robert Fahey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks due for a 20-year refresh already. Another year won't matter.
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