November 21, 2006

Indian automaker to sell vehicles in U.S.

Alpharetta, Georgia – Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s leading automotive producers, plans to sell its SUVs and pickup trucks in the U.S., according to a report from the Green Car Congress, quoting the New York Times. It will be the first time Indian-made vehicles are sold in the U.S.

The company will sell its vehicles through the Georgia-based Global Vehicles USA, which will distribute them through a dealer network. According to the report, Global Vehicles has signed on 130 dealers and will add another 70 in the coming months. Mahindra plans to introduce an SUV and pickup, followed by a diesel-electric hybrid version of the SUV.

Last week, Mahindra announced a joint venture with Renault to build a greenfield plant in India, with production to start in 2009, with a capacity of 500,000 cars per year. Mahindra is the world’s fourth-largest tractor manufacturer, and already sells tractors in the U.S., built in three local assembly plants.

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