Fans of small, fuel-efficient pickup trucks: We hate to tell you this, but it's becoming increasingly clear that Mahindra's long-awaited entry into the United States market just isn't going to happen anytime soon. We're just as disappointed as the rest of you – with the recent demise of the Ford Ranger, there simply aren't any truly compact trucks left in American dealership showrooms.

We got a wee bit of unfounded hope when rumors began swirling that Mahindra was in the midst of closing a deal with Navistar, a longtime partner in its home market of India, to manufacture the T20 and T40 trucks in a new plant in Alabama. According to the Indian automaker, that's not going to happen. Here's a snippet from Mahindra's statement on the matter:

There have been reports in certain quarters of media and online space stating that Navistar USA will produce Mahindra's T20 and T40 pickups in Alabama, USA in 2012, which are completely baseless & incorrect. If and when there are any material developments, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited will communicate them directly and transparently.

So there you have it. To put it mildly, we've lost nearly all hope of seeing these small diesel-powered pickup trucks in American driveways, which is a shame.


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      boomchakalaka
      • 3 Years Ago
      Halo! Tanking you for contacting Mahindra customeer seervice. My name ees Tood - how may I be helping to you?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        AUS.DAVIDZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        we have them in australia, they are total trash, consider yourself lucky!
      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      If all the crybabies on here demanding small trucks bought them in the first place instead of whining about no one makes them, there'd be a better selection and this atrocity would'nt be an afterthought.
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Thank you exactly what I say. The Colorado was not the best little truck but tons better than the S10 it replaced but never really sold well. The Ranger from what I was told will come back here soon...we shall see. The Dakota is gone but it wasnt built very well.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          Oceanblue78, they still make Dakota's (but not many are sold). Another problem is that each generation (3rd now) have gotten bigger than the one before it. The 1st gen was true midsized truck. Now it's a 3/4 size - why bother? But then again all the full-sizes have gotten bigger too!
          Max1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          I owned a 2010 Colorado Crew Cab. And I wished it were diesel equipped. GM still had a relationship with Isuzu, and they could have borrowed one of their four cylinder turbodiesels. But no. As for Mahindra, their window of opportunity has emphatically slammed shut on their fingers. I once got on the waiting list for one of those things. But after Mahindra screwed Global Vehicles, I withdrew. I figured if M&M could screw their own distributor so easily, a retail customer like me had no chance at getting warranty service. Mahindra, you f#*ked yourselves. American business doesn't take kindly to getting screwed over. You are lucky that you didn't screw over some well-connected Italian-American "businessmen".. M&M execs might be sleepin' wit' the fishes', badda-boom, badda-bing, you know whut I mean?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
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        theweegeean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Those "crybabies" probably did buy and own compact trucks, the only problem is that they were part of a handful of people actually interested in the trucks besides fleet buyers. Americans have been taught for some time that you need (or should buy) the biggest truck you should afford, because anything less is silly and useless. A lot of the guys I know have said to me that they will never buy any vehicle (especially a truck) with less than a V6 engine, and "informed" me that if I did buy a compact truck that I would need to get one with a V6 or else it would barely be able to get up a hill, much less tow or haul anything, and I would need to get 4x4 or else it just wouldn't be "masculine" enough. At which point, conveniently enough, you'd might as well buy a full size for the dynamics and mileage you're going to get. That's the kind of thinking compact trucks face in the U.S. market. I have wanted a Ranger since I was a kid, but I can't afford one and by the time I will be able to there probably won't be many left. I'll probably end up buying a used Colorado 4 cyl 4x4 (which I personally don't mind), a Jeep Wrangler, or a Subaru. But we have to face facts, you're right. Compacts might have a place, but too many Americans want full size pickups with V8s and V6s for them to ever sell at a price that makes them worth selling. You just can't make money trying to sell a compact truck for the prices compact truck fans want.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @theweegeean
          theweegeean, like the panther cars, there will be used Rangers available for years since they made millions of them. You may be able to get a nice cherry one for yourself.
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @theweegeean
          Part of the problem is that people can get capable full size trucks for really cheap now, such as the RAM Tradesman and Express. Unless you can get a small truck well below 20k, people will just buy the bigger truck anyways, because they're getting "more truck" for their money, and they're not entirely wrong. Still it would be nice to see a small pickup again.
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who really give a f**k, it's a shitty truck anyway. I know because I've been in one. I rather have the lethargic suzuki jimny being shoved into my ass (that's right I said it) than spent in that contraption concorted by satan as a gift to humanity.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      From what I've read, it sounds like no one involved in this deal knows jack crap about what's going on.
      Michael Bertovich
      • 3 Years Ago
      so in otherwords, the story hasn't changed in almost a year. More than a year?
      Praveen Sankaran
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thankfully someone at Mahindra knows these trucks + US market + middle man was a bad move. Mahindra, you are far better off giving us Indians $22K diesel SUV's. Please don't become a Daewoo.
      htstewart760
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank GOD!
      SCOTTM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like my well kept 2002 2.4L 2WD 5sp Tacoma just went up a couple grand. They're currently selling for the same price I bought it for five years ago. With the Ranger gone, these compact trucks will all be in high demand the next time gas goes beyond $4/gal. I average 28 mpg combined and still tow my 3700 lb boat and trailer out of the water each weekend. They'll get the job done for most people and are the cheapest vehicles on the road to maintain. I've only put new pads on the front brakes and only had to replace the spark plugs. It's got 107,000 miles. No problems and NO rust. I got it undercoated right away.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha Bama thats what you get for trying to build 3rd world crap in the dirty south, good god i hate the south and everything it stands for.
        thedriveatfive
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        I have a feeling he has never been anywhere near the south.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        If the south is so terrible, why isn't anyone I meet around here(Atlanta) FROM here?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        [blocked]
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        darkness, WTH? Come into the light!
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        Great, we don't want people like you with blind hate for a whole section of the country in the south.
      Aakash Desai
      • 3 Years Ago
      First of, as one of India's top companies, I think we really need to let them into the US and let them bring some competition into the truck market. Second, it's good they don't get to setup in Alabama. It may be cheap to have a manufacturing plant there, but damn they need to realize that after the Mercedes and Honda execs got put in jail because of the stupid anti-immigration law, the Indian execs of Mahindra may be in for some stupid jail time too. Take it to Indiana.
      AUS.DAVIDZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      FIRST! Paging Ford Australia, please supply premium world-class Falcon [nee Ranchero] Utes and Pick Ups to US market ASAP win x win
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