According to John Perez, CEO of Global Vehicles U.S.A. Inc., his company was approached by a senior official at General Motors
to see about selling the Indian vehicles in Saturn's
. Global Vehicles holds the contract to distribute Mahindra
's line of diesel-powered pickup trucks here in America. Apparently, the offer was rebuffed, though the possibility remains that Mahindra pickups could be sold at selected Saturn dealerships. Instead of handing over the rights to sell the vehicles complete with Saturn badges, Global Vehicles has reportedly contacted roughly 40 Saturn dealerships about changing over to Mahindra shops. Last month, General Motors announced that it would stop providing Saturn with new products after the 2011 model year.
Perez says that 327 dealerships have already signed on to distribute Mahindra's wares here in the United States. Following the launch of the pickups later this year, the Indian automaker's line of SUVs and crossovers
may be on their way as well.