Mahindra U.S. dealers still waiting on products

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra recently said it will shortly announce a timeframe for the launch of its “Pikup” model within the next two to three weeks. Originally slated for 2010, the model has been pushed back due to safety and emission certification issues.

More than 300 prospective dealers, who thought they would be selling the Mahindra pickups by now, are still left with questions as the company missed its third launch date.

Dealers like Chip Bennett, a partner with Sarasota, Fla., Land Rover dealer Jack Urfer, planned to launch Mahindra sales in February or March, the company’s latest target.

It is reported that critical issues such as services and parts distribution are keeping dealers from getting Mahindra trucks on time. Nonetheless, some dealers say that Mahindras should be here by the summer.

“You will see Mahindra here this summer,” Bennett says. “I’m totally confident of that. And I think very soon we’ll be hearing all the details.”

– By: Kap Shah

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