Mahindra drops U.S. importer Global Vehicles USA

Mahindra & Mahindra

After months and months of waiting, Mahindra & Mahindra finally received official certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that allows its compact diesel pickups to be sold in the states. Prior to that great news, however, Mahindra’s U.S. importer, Global Vehicles USA Inc., was battling the Indian automaker in court over delays in getting the trucks certified for stateside sale.

“We”re very excited about getting certification,” Max Butler, vice president of marketing for Global Vehicles USA, said last week when Mahindra received EPA certification. “Our dealers are excited as well. This is great news.”

Well, Butler’s enthusiasm was short-lived after Mahindra terminated a 4-year agreement with Global Vehicles. The news of its break with Global was posted on Mahindra’s website yesterday.

Global said that the statement is inaccurate and that Mahindra has attempted to terminate the agreement. It said that “such attempted termination is invalid under applicable laws of the United States and the State of Georgia, something which Mahindra continues to disregard.”

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