Thursday, October 7, 2010

Revisited: US Mahindra Road Tests

As the Global Vehicles versus Mahindra battle for control of the distribution of Mahindra TR20 and TR40 diesel pickups continues behind closed doors (it’s been a whole week since the last press release salvo), one begins to wonder what the fuss is all about.

Very little is still known about the actual US versions of the India-made Mahindra pickups. We do know that they will base at around USD $22,000, get around 30mpg with a 4-cylinder diesel engine, and carry over one ton of payload. What’s still missing is a genuine US driving impression on American roads in the hands of American drivers.

Fortunately, journalist, Mike Levine, and Motorcars Mahindra dealer Jay Keffer have both driven non-US export versions of the trucks on US soil. Although neither impression is a true reflection of the trucks we will be driving (some day), both drivers came away more impressed with the trucks than even they thought they would… Mahindra Test Drive on US Soil!
US Mahindra Test Drive Interview, Part I: First Impressions
US Mahindra Test Drive Interview, Part II: Power, Style, and a Great Offer

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