Mahindra Going For Hyrbrid-Diesels in U.S. in 2010.

Posted by: David Kiley on February 13, 2008

Global Vehicles USA Inc., the U.S. distributor of Mahindra brand pickups and SUVs, says it will offer hybrid diesel engines as an option on its vehicle line here starting in 2010.

GV plans to launch three diesel vehicles in the U.S. next year.

In an interview with Automotive News, GV CEO John Perez said the hybrid drive system is being developed by Mahindra and Mahindra, along with Robert Bosch GmbH and the Austrian engine specialist AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. The option should improve the trucks’ fuel efficiency 25 to 30 percent. The standard diesels are expected to get above 30 mpg.

Perez also says Mahindra will assemble its pickups at a plant in Ohio from complete knock down (CKD) modules.Perez said. That measure is to avoid the 25% tax charged on imported pickups.

Reader Comments

Noz

February 13, 2008 8:13 PM

Good news re: the coming Mahindra diesel hybrid. Oh, so nice that they are not choosing the GM method of half-assed 'mild-hybrid' design largely, if not solely, to get the ad value, the usual GM con-job operation. The Tahoe is a case in point, but just one of several losers.

That we still have the 25% tariff on completed 'commercial' vehicles remains another ratty/tattered feather in the disintegrating cap of Dingell and others of his ilk. Shame on him, and them. Not that he knows the meaning of the word, let alone the concepts of shame and fair play. There are a number of good reasons we export almost -0- of our Failing Three branded pickups.

sean hancock

February 18, 2008 10:56 PM

about time the usa gets with it. i've wanted a deisel/hybrid since fuel passed $1.00/gallon. we need to save every drop. right now. not some stupid in the future right after i get mine b.s.

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