It appears that a British arbitration panel has shattered any hopes of seeing a small diesel Mahindra pickup truck in the States. According to PickupTrucks.com, the panel ruled in favor of the Indian automaker in Global Vehicles' lawsuit against the company, saying the contract between the two companies had expired. Furthermore, Mahindra was not found to have violated any U.S. laws. The ruling is the final chapter in a saga that began six years ago when the companies announced that Global Vehicles would distribute Mahindra T20 and T40 compact diesel pickups in America.

In 2010, the deal began unraveling, with Mahindra saying Global Vehicles allowed the contract to expire. Global Vehicles, meanwhile, pointed the finger right back at its former Indian partner. It wasn't long before the American company then sought arbitration.

Global Vehicles has been ordered to pay court costs.

In a separate case, a group of would-be Mahindra dealers sued the Indian company in U.S. District Court, but that suit was thrown out after the judge ruled Global Vehicles was not the recognized agent for Mahindra in the United States.


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      jz78817
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what's uglier, the build quality or the truck itself...
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jz78817
        Just saying the name "Mahindra" makes me think of something cheap and disposable, like a Tata Nano.
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is exactly what we predicted two years ago. It's a shame that folks tied up money and hopes in this project, only to end like this.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm shocked I tells ya, shocked, lol.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Robert Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mahindra has died in Australia. Very few were bought by anyone. It was their second attempt here at getting established. Their Pickups were very agricultural to say the least.
        MANARC100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert Ryan
        I have always thought they should be treated as agricultural. They should be sold under the John Deere brand at John Deere dealerships. Give it only three colors (Green, Silver, Black) It would be a street legal peice of farm equipment. Branded John Deere people might actualy buy them. The thought of these in a real new car showroom competeing with other cars up and down the stip is laughable. They will seem nice compared to a tractor but unrefined and outdated next to even a Ranger or Colorado.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MANARC100
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      JaredN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Global Vehicles really got screwed by Mahindra all the way around on this one.
      Chip
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how the bed on the truck in the picture looks like it's bent and about to fall off.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      AH HAHAHAHA. Really not to be obnoxious but did anyone doubt this would be the case?
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Chinese company will start selling cars here under their own name before an Indian company will.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
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        @brgtlm
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      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good. With a new Colorado, and hopefully new Ram Dakota coming, along with the Tacoma I guess, there are already some good upcoming options....hopefully. This things looks like it was designed and built in the 90s.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        90's? I would say early 80's...in the Eastern Bloc...by a group of drunk blind men...who didn't ta;k to each other or knew of each other's existence
      Danaon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mahindra is at fault here (because of the extensive delays on their end in getting their vehicle through the EPA and crash testing) but Global Vehicles took that risk when it signed on. Basically, Mahindra wins because the court found it's not their fault that they couldn't deliver vehicles because they couldn't pass emissions/crash testing without spending a lot of time reengineering the vehicle/powertrain. Good luck with Mahindra EVER making it stateside now. Who would want to do business with such a terrible company with such a bad product?
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 2 Years Ago
      And nothing of value was lost.
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