Many listeners have been curious about the Mahindra truck, rumored to be coming to the U.S. for a long time. Prospects that an Indian automaker was close to bringing a little excitement to the small pickup truck market in the U.S. are dimming.
Indian maker Mahindra & Mahindra issued a statement to reject a report that it might build its trucks in Alabama with the help of truck maker Navistar, the Detroit Bureau reports.
At one point, it looked like Mahindra might be only months away from selling its pickups in the U.S. It already sells farm tractors here. It can’t quite seem to figure out how to get the distribution or regulatory approvals.
The small truck market has lost two big players, the Dodge Dakota and the Ford Ranger. Their departure would have left room for the Mahindra, which conceivably would have been able to undercut the prices of those vehicles that remain, like Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.