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Mahindra's U.S. Partner Files Lawsuit Over Truck Delays

Discussion in 'Mini Lounge' started by Stuff99, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Stuff99

    Stuff99 Moderator Staff Member



    For being such a small truck, Mahindra’s Indian-built compact diesel pickup continues to face big issues reaching these shores.

    Global Vehicles USA, the Atlanta-based company that holds the rights to sell Mahindra’s pickups in the U.S., has filed a lawsuit against the Indian-based company in federal court over delays getting the Mahindra trucks certified for sale in the U.S., according to a report by GlobalAtlanta.com, a business news publication in Atlanta, and confirmed by PickupTrucks.com sources.

    The suit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges that while GV USA has signed up more than 350 dealers and spent almost $35 million preparing for the launch, Mahindra has dragged its feet getting final safety and emissions certification.

    Delays have become the norm for Mahindra. Originally, the trucks were scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2009. That date has been pushed back several times, and now the automaker says the trucks are scheduled to go on sale in December.

    On Tuesday, EPA spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn told PickupTrucks.com that Mahindra has yet to file its emissions certification paperwork with the EPA.

    In April, John Perez, CEO of GV USA, expressed frustration with the Indian automaker. "It's a battle with Mahindra to get information from them," he said then. "It's not because they don't have the information. It's the culture. They don't like to make announcements."

    According to our sources, it’s believed that Mahindra may be delaying certification in an effort to get around its current supply agreement with GV USA as its sole U.S. distributor.

    According to reports, the lawsuit asks the U.S. court to require Mahindra to comply with its distributor agreement and certify the trucks as soon as possible. GV USA is seeking an injunction to stop Mahindra from approaching any other U.S. distributors while the two companies remain in arbitration.

    GV USA spokesman Mike Geylin did not have any comment on the lawsuit other than to confirm its filing, and we were unable to reach Mahindra reps in the U.S. for comment Tuesday evening.

    If they ever arrive, Mahindra TR20 and TR40 pickups reportedly will be offered in two cab configurations: a two-door regular cab and a four-door crew cab. Both will use a slightly modified version of Mahindra's mHawk 2.2-liter inline-four-cylinder diesel engine. It's expected to have fuel economy ratings as high as 30 mpg and 1.3-ton hauling capability. Pricing is expected to start around $22,000.

    -Anyone ever hear about this?
  2. Ironraven

    Ironraven Active Member

    Haven't heard of them before... but honestly 30 mpg from a diesel? That's shite that is! Hells, my dad's 4.3 liter 5 cylinder Mercedes diesel 5 ton van gets 30 mpg. So does my buddy's fullsize Ford Diesel V8... I'd expect at least 40 from a small pickup that's a diesel.
  3. fupabox

    fupabox Well-Known Member

    Agree completely...my 6.5 td gmc 4x4 topped 30mpg on the highway....I can't wait to see these things littering the highway shoulders like modern yugos:pop::D
  4. firejonny89

    firejonny89 Member

    30 is way low for that size truck but if u got to their webpage and spec sheet the pixs does have a 6 speed man. not auto so that would be a plus to me lol and the dash looks like its made to switch left and right hand drive just to make it easier on them to make for other countrys
  5. Ironraven

    Ironraven Active Member

    Diesel is a lot more efficient and you get more power because it's WAY more volatile than gasoline is. Like I said my dad's massive Sprinter van which has a Mercedes 5 cylinder 4.3 liter diesel gets around 30 mpg even fully loaded! His gasoline 6 cylinder 3 liter van that hauls half the weight and gets an absolute maximum of 20 mpg. Emissions is a problem though as it contains sulfur which causes acid rain...
  6. Stuff99

    Stuff99 Moderator Staff Member

    my liteace is diesel. doesnt smell like the big chevy and dodge half tons. not terribly loud either. and my diesel has more then enough ooph. its just my gearing that maxed it out at 120 on the highway.
  7. packrat

    packrat Member

    Those Merc/Dodge Sprinters don't pollute much as they have exhaust filters as well as cats in the exhaust. And they do get decent fuel mileage
  8. TrishaO

    TrishaO New Member

    Mahindra, an Indian business, declared several years ago that it was going to deliver its small, diesel pickup to the U.S. But now, it appears that it is not going to occur. Article resource: Mahindra may not bring truck to the US after all.
  9. CSFI

    CSFI New Member

    This is called EPA red tape that is is 15 miles thick. The EPA is on a crusade to keep small diesels out of the US period.
  10. Wedge

    Wedge Member

    Never heard of it but engine performance is shite my impreza does 25 mpg and my wifes sentra does 30-35 mpg!
  11. Wedge

    Wedge Member

    Your saying governments don't want people to have eco cars and trucks and have more money in their pockets from consuming less petrol and having a good conscience about having less of an impact on the environment.... that's non sense!

    On another note though india doesn't have a good reputation regarding making efficient and less poluting vehicles. Just the factorys that make them must polute so much. Ill stop my tree hugging now.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  12. CSFI

    CSFI New Member

    Please do, and YES in the US that is not nonsense. Diesel emissions contain NOX which contributes to SMOG therefore diesel is the EPA's whipping post. The large trucks with diesels (IE Fords, GM's, Dodges) get around it because they fall into a "truck" weight class. Even the German's have been having a hard time keeping up with the diesel hating EPA, just a few years back they had to pull the VW diesels for a year because they didn't meet the Eco Terrorists demands at the ever lovable EPA.

    Oh and by the way if it would make sense the EPA would do the opposite.
  13. Wedge

    Wedge Member

    Most of the times what we keep hearing (in canada) is that the Diesel that we have is of lesser quality then in europe and that it is a factor why the car wont work here. I dont know how much of that is true but im sure i could find some facts. Thanks for clearing up some points.

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