Automotive News is reporting that a US District Court has ruled that a lawsuit by five dealers against Mahindra & Mahindra can move ahead. The Indian automaker had moved to have the case dismissed, but District Judge Thomas Thrash in Atlanta said the plaintiffs presented enough evidence for "a reasonable person to infer that Mahindra USA was involved in a plan to deceive the dealers." The group alleges that they were defrauded by the manufacturer when Mahindra said it planned to create a new brand of light trucks in the US. It's the latest in a long line of misfortunes for the automaker in the US market.

Mahindra spent some four years working with Global Vehicles USA, a private US distributor just outside of Atlanta. At one point, Global Vehicles boasted a dealer network of some 350 retailers ready to sell small, Indian-made diesel pickups in the States. Mahindra promised more products would follow after the utilitarian four-wheel drives, but a spate of delays quickly derailed that plan. The distribution deal wound up dead by 2010, leaving many dealers with empty showrooms and pockets. While a US District Court in Missouri dismissed one case against Mahindra on the grounds that the distribution deal was with Global Vehicles and not the Indian automaker, the current suit seems ready to move forward.



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      T.rack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe these would be dealers were saved when the truck never materialized?
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @T.rack
        They were. These trucks were junk. I saw one personally about three years ago now. Nothing about it was well built or quality.
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mahindra was always a pipe dream. Although I do think that there is definitey a market for a small, diesel-powered truck in the US. The Pik Up simply did not have the goods to be a success. They were trying to sell an old design with no brand recognition and crude dynamics, an underpowered engine and mediocre fuel economy at top dollar. Simply not the recipe for success.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why aren\'t they suing Global Vehicles? They were responsible for this mess in the first place. These dealers were part of the same group of clowns who stuck with GV\'s John Perez and his promise to deliver a new line of vehicles after his first venture failed. Anybody still remember Crosslander? The Romanian Government, who still owned Aro/Crosslander at the time, detected something wasn\'t right with Perez\'s actions and called off the deal. To save his hide (and keep the money the dealers paid him for franchises), Perez persuaded Mahindra to enter the auto business. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A lot of fools and their money were soon parted. I blame Mahindra and the dealers for getting involved with GV and Perez in the first place.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least they still make Jeeps best decision they ever made to build the old Willys Jeep under liscence during WW2 for the US, what better vehicle to tackle the Indian terrain than a Mahindra Jeep/Thar.
      mylz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why anyone would even consider buying one of these is beyond me. I blame the business owners for not doing their homework and realizing this was a dumb move. If they were smart they would realize they would bleed money for quiet sometime. I know full size and "compact" trucks are completely different. But if these people had half a brain they would have looked at the failure of the tundra and titan have had in the U.S. Americans are actually smart enough too realize if you want a real truck you go with a Chevy, Ram or Ford. The Asians can not compete in that segment. Thinking this truck would actually succeed would be next to a miracle
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      The worst part about this is that people actually wanted these.
      Ron McCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      I might also add we have the vw amarock, new Ford Ranger, Mazda version of Ranger, Old Nissan Frontier, New one called the Navaro, Toyota Hilux and Ssanjoing crew cab which looks great by the way. Only problem is the Hilux is over 50,000 dollars and the the other fully loaded trucks are 40,000 dollars or more, so much for free trade agreements, Jeep wrangler base model is 45,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Ron McCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least they are not importing Chinese Junk into the Usa yet. We have Cherry and Great wall here in Colombia, complete junk. We also have Fiat and if you look at what they are offering its junk also. If only I could buy the new mazda cx5 here with the 185 hp engine! We are only offered the 150hp model and the base sells for 40k Usa dollars!!
      Ron McCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have a Mahindra dealer here in Colombia with the full product line. Quite ugly the products and dont see why someone would buy this over a new Nissan Frontier if it made the States. Yes the Usa needs smaller more efficient pickup trucks. I do not think Mahindra was the answer 203 inches long, ugly and debatable mpg advantages. Lets see what Dodge comes up with, Chevy is just growing the Colorado in the wrong direction so that is a fail in my book. I do have some interesting options for an suv though here. The Nissan Xtrail, Suzuki 3 door grand vitara and Ford Ecosport, too bad we have to pay 40% more and up compared to prices in the usa, a mazda base Cx5 here is almost 40,000 usa dollars so while we get some good products the prices keep you from buying all but the most basic of transport
      Kwijiboz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Judge Thrash. .....AND he wears a cape!
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man those trucks are ugly! What the hell kind of mountain bike is that in the back too? It looks like a Mongoose knocked up a Schwinn cruiser...
      Dvanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Automotive News is reporting that a US District Court has ruled that a lawsuit by five dealers against Mahindra & Mahindra can move ahead. The Indian automaker had moved to have the case dismissed, but District Judge Thomas Thrash in Atlanta said the plaintiffs presented enough evidence for "a reasonable person to infer that Mahindra USA was involved in a plan to deceive the dealers." Indians are masters at deceiving especially when it comes to the sales of goods or service.
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