It looks like folks in the US will have to wait a little longer before getting their hands on the Mahindra range of vehicles. Mahindra's global managing director, Anand Mahindra, reportedly has plans to run a fleet of vehicles over 5 million kilometres of US roads, before he'll allow sales to proceed.
Georgia-based Global Vehicles will be overseeing US sales, and has so far signed 324 dealers, though few of them have actually built the required facilities. Global Vehicles plan to continue signing up dealers, until they reach their target of 450 dealerships across the States. Automotive News reports that Global Vehicles' CEO, John Perez, received the bad news from Anand Mahindra, who explained that no vehicle bearing his family name would fail in the US.
To compound issues, Mahindra intends to run a four cylinder diesel engine which has yet to be approved for US consumption by the EPA. Perez, however, is confident that their January application will be approved without incident.
With a sales goal of 50,000 vehicles, and a production capacity of 400,000 if demand requires it, Mahindra is justified in pursuing further testing, before debuting their product in North America. It may mean a delay for consumers, but the effort will go a long way in assisting the potential success of the entire range.