An executive from Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian company seeking to import its trucks for sale in the U.S. market, has announced that its midsize pickup has been delayed until at least February 2010.
"We will start production of Mahindra 'Pik-up' utility vehicle by December this year for the U.S., and by end-February next year, the vehicle will be sold there," said Mahindra's president of automotive operations, speaking with reporters during the company's earning reports last week.
Citing an industry source, PickupTrucks.com says that the automaker wants to perfect the launch before starting U.S. sales. Global Vehicles U.S.A., the U.S. distributor of Mahindra's vehicles, and the approximately 300 dealers signed up to sell the vehicles, were "surprised" by the delay, but support the decision.
This is the second delay for Mahindra, which first hoped to bring the diesel-powered pickups to the U.S. by the spring of 2009. In August of 2008, the automaker was forced to push the launch back to December 2009 so that it could further test prototypes in the U.S. Mahindra's pickup will likely be available as either a two-door regular cab or four-door crew cab, with fuel economy of up to 30 miles per gallon.