It looks like the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 compact pickup trucks will not be seen on American roads after all. The EPA’s approval for the Mahindra pickup trucks will expire at the end of 2011, and no paperwork has been filed to request a 2012 model year EPA approval.
The Mahindra TR20 and TR40 are compact pickup trucks powered by 2.2 liter, four cylinder diesel engines and said to get up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. The trucks offered a payload capacity of 2,765 pounds and towing capability up to 5,000 pounds and would cost under $23,000. At least that is what Mahindra claimed.
Talk of the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 compact pickup trucks launch into the U.S. auto market has been around since around 2009. The reviews that trickled in were positive and hopeful that these little trucks would be a hit.
Mahindra, the Indian manufacture known in American for their tractors, partnered with U.S. importer Global Vehicles to get these trucks into the American auto market. However, this deal fell apart even after Global Vehicles set up distribution, spending reportedly $95 million getting everything prepared, and had purchased $35 million worth of TR20 and TR40 compact pickup trucks. Mahindra ignored the order and the two companies are now in arbitration in the London court system.
To make matters worse, when the EPA gave its stamp of approval on the 2011 Mahindra pickups for sale in the U.S. the mpg were rated, in some cases, nearly 40% below Mahindra’s claims. For example, the TR40 was billed at 30 mpg highway by Mahindra, yet the EPA approved the TR40 at 21 mpg highway. Even with the relatively low EPA rating, the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 are diesel powered which means a biodiesel conversion would be possible. It would also offer a powerful-yet-small diesel engine truck to an American public that has no such option currently.
As of now, no paperwork has been filed to request a 2012 model year EPA approval, and with Global Vehicles no longer Mahindra’s distributor, it seems that the Mahindra TR20 and TR40 will not be reaching the American shores anytime soon.
Source: Green Car Reports
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.