Kudos to those that have been following the saga of Mahindra’s U.S. market diesel pickups since it’s one of the most boring and crazy topics in the pickup segment right now. Last we heard anything about Mahindra’s U.S. plans it was said that the Indian automaker received EPA certification to sell its pickups in the U.S. However, shortly after that Mahindra decided to change up plans and drop Global Vehicles USA, the Atlanta, GA. based company that holds the rights to sell Mahindra”s pickups in the country.
Latest reports suggest that Mahindra has indefinitely suspended plans to sell its pickups on the stateside. Anand Mahindra, Mahindra’s managing director, said last week the company has “no date” for its U.S. launch.
“We’re still interested in getting into the U.S.,” Mahindra said. “We don’t want to turn this into a war of words,” he said stating that he could not provide an exact date because of pending litigation and arbitration with Global Vehicles.
According to John Perez, CEO of GV USA, Mahindra delayed government certification to improperly terminate its distribution contract.
“The bottom line here is Mahindra now believes this is a huge project. They want us out of the way so they can go direct and save the money we were going to make,” Perez said.
We’ll update you as time goes on.
– By: Omar Rana