Saturday, (March 13, 2010) Mahindra opened the doors to their recently upgraded Chakan facility in India. Mahindra Planet reported in January that this facility was receiving USD $1 billion in capital improvements. Of that $1 billion, $150 million is to be dedicated to the next generation Scorpio SUV platform. The new Scorpio will be of unitized construction and has been designated for US launch in late 2010.
The new and improved facility will produce a wide range of vehicles from the ¾ ton Maxximo mini trucks to heavy duty Mahindra-Navistar trucks, in addition to US-bound vehicles.
“We will manufacture all new products here, including the range that will be exported to the US.” – Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra
The future for US built Mahindra vehicles still remains unclear at this point, but it does appear that at least the new Scorpio will be built in India and exported for sale in the United States.
Sources: Mahindra Navistar’s Blog and WSJ