Hooniverse Question of the Weekend: Who has this many dealers*?

So Jim, why did you put the * in the title? That’s a very good question reader, and one that you will find out, after the jump….

The title of this posting would have been way to long if I didn’t use the *. So, here is the rest of the question”

* Who has this many dealers in the United States, and still hasn’t sold a single vehicle? More importantly, would you even consider purchasing a vehicle from this company?

I am speaking of Global Vehicles USA, who are the sole distributors for the Mahindra Clean Diesel Pickup and SUV. We were promised these vehicles at least a couple of years ago, but it seems like the introduction is just being delayed again and again. They are promising vehicles, and they should fit the bill for anyone who is looking for a rugged, economical, and by all accounts, durable pickup. They are suppose to have the carrying capacity of the Domestic 3/4 ton trucks (F250, GM and Ram 2500 series) and still get 30 MPG.

I only have one question for these people at Global Vehicles: What the hell is taking so long? Comment away with your thoughts, and don’t hold anything back.

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  1. Black Steelies Avatar

    Id drive one.

  2. tonyola Avatar

    We'll see how this goes. Quality will be everything in deciding success or failure. The trucks would look so much better with two changes:
    1. A less Hannibal Lector-ish grille; and,
    2. A straight instead of dipping side crease across the doors.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      Yep. I even like the '80s-esque plastic trim – louvers, or just decoration? – in the B/C-pillar.

  3. straighteight Avatar

    I like everything except the styling, which is way too busy for what this is. It looks like a strange cross between a Ranger and a Tacoma, except it's been hit with more ugly.
    I'd probably buy one if I was looking for a pickup and this beat all others in comparison. But then, from the looks of that map, I live close to at least 3 dealers, so that gives me a little more confidence that I could get this thing repaired if/when it breaks down.

  4. mpieman Avatar

    This is supposed to be the same truck you see in India with 30 people hanging off of it or the bed loaded 28 feet high. It's got to be tough so, hell yeah, i'd buy one. I see a doctor from India, I even work with an engineer with the last name of Patel (can't remember or say his first name). Most of all, I have talked to "Alex", "Peter" and "Marsha" on the phone just in the past month and they seem pleasant, but they are a little hard to understand all the way from Mumbai. These people shure make a convincing arguement of the quality of an Indian made product.

  5. JayP Avatar

    Looks like DFW is flush with dealers.
    Diesel and payload are interesting. The price had better be right. My 2.3 Ranger gets close to 30 mpg, looks better and I can get parts at WalMart.
    I hope Mahindra is a smashing success and force Ford/GM/Chrysler-Fiat into making small pickups with diesels/small displacement turbos.

  6. Saturnsufferer Avatar

    I like the "little big truck" concept and I hope they do well here. I think it's high time we as a nation stop thinking that bigger is always better and learn when enough is just right.

  7. Manic_King Avatar

    Yeah, styling is big problem here. They are fugly. Someone should inform Mahindra that for western markets these trucks need new, much less hysterical grille and front bumper combo. I'd drive one, should be reliable enough and probably feels like 90's Nissan, Toyota or similar pick-up.

  8. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    ugly as sin, but that 2 door could be a nice little track tower.

  9. CptSevere Avatar

    I don't care if they're ugly, in fact I kind of like that. If they live up to the hype, mainly being an economical, rugged, dependable little truck, then more power to them. I think there's a serious market for this kind of thing. Pickup trucks have become bloated suburban luxo cruisers, even the imports. I can't wait to see one of these in person, draw my own conclusions.

  10. lilwillie Avatar

    I don't care what it looks like, or its mileage. If they expect this to sell it has to do the hauling and not leave the companies that buy them dealing with breakdowns. That is the main reason you always see Ford and GM running top for truck sales. They just do it, if they do break, it takes little time to get them back working.

  11. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Why does India hate South Dakota and Vermont so much?

  12. Lotte Avatar

    They are so ugly that they're kinda cute. Like a little bulldog puppy and you just can't help but aww I wanna pinch your widdle cheeks and pet you and I'm going to buy you and name you Poopsie! hehehe!
    AHEM…Are they getting it ready for safety regs? If you youtube Mahindra Pik-Up crash test you can see they don't do too well, although I don't see it being such a big problem. These things are going to be used mostly off road and in town, not as a highway cruiser.

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      Doesn't look too bad actually, passenger compartmetn doesn't seem to deform much, though you can't really see intrusion into the foot well.
      Biggest issue is lack of airbags, which those damned socialist fat cats in Washington are going to Mahindra fit before they put it on sale anyway.
      Does a damn site better than this American made POS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fuVuY2PY1A

  13. Justin Rajewski Avatar
    Justin Rajewski

    Damn. I actually got it right! My second guess was the Chinese company that makes the 3 wheeled electric kart thing. Can't think of their name right now.

  14. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Depends. If the base price starts with a 2 I'm totally out.

    1. FreeMan Avatar

      $2,999.97 is just too much for you?

      1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

        Maybe. How's the stereo sound?

  15. P161911 Avatar

    I'm waiting for my 88 F-150 4.9L 5-speed to wear out so it might be awhile before I'm in the market for a pickup. Especially since I only use it for an occasional weekend work truck. By then these should be priced about right used. So sure.
    Global Vehicles USA's headquarters is real close to where I work, so I've seen a few of these on the raod for the last couple of years. They aren't great looking, but so what if it is a work truck.

  16. Maymar Avatar

    Honestly, I'd probably just as likely end up with a used Ranger or Dakota, given that my truck use would be on the minimal side (occasional car/bike hauler, once a year Home Depot runs, etc). But it does look like a pretty appealing package, and I'd understand why someone bought them. On the other hand, it's a moot point for me, there seems to be no word on if they're coming to Canada.

  17. straighteight Avatar

    I thought the same thing. Mahindsmobile!

  18. Heather Ramsdell Avatar

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