Mahindra Maxximo Van: The Jalopnik Review

I admit, I'm coming into this review biased because this little van took me to India before I even sat in it. I'm happy to say that after driving it, I wasn't disappointed. The Mahindra Maxximo is a machine perfectly suited to its environment, and I respect that. It's also the second-slowest car I've reviewed. » 5/20/13 3:30pm 5/20/13 3:30pm

How The Indian Car Market Is The Bizarro Version Of America's

For the second time on my trip to India, I find myself entering a building and having a chain of flowers draped over my neck as a woman paints a mark on my forehead, and then showers me in flower petals. I never really know what to do in these situations, afraid that as soon as I open my mouth they'll realize the grave … » 2/22/13 12:00pm 2/22/13 12:00pm

Driving India's Jeep In A Desert Rally Without The Burden Of Skill

I knew I wanted to drive a Thar long before I had any idea I'd ever get to India. I was interested because it's one of the best automotive examples of evolution to an environment. Think of it this way: both the Thar and the Jeep we Americans know and love started with the same source: the WWII-era Willys Jeep. This was … » 2/18/13 12:00pm 2/18/13 12:00pm

Why I Spent A Week In India Driving Everything I Could Find

Generally, the American motoring press doesn't think much about India. Sure, when there's big news  like a $2500 new car or someone remembering that, holy crap, they still build the Ambassador, we'll write about it, but for the most part we've done a pretty good job ignoring the sixth largest car market in the world.… » 2/15/13 4:23pm 2/15/13 4:23pm

The Chairman Of One Of India's Largest Car Companies Makes Me An Offer

Last week, I wrote about my admiration for the small, ingenious little vans currently being built in India, and, like many of my posts about strange cars we never see in the US, I included a sad little plea for someone to help me find a way to drive one of these things. » 12/10/12 4:40pm 12/10/12 4:40pm

Why India Is Making The World's Most Interesting Cars

I know that's a bold statement to make in that headline there, but I mean it. I should clarify though— "interesting" does not mean "best" in any sense of the word. It's not the fastest, most advanced, most comfortable, or really any superlative (other than maybe "cheapest"). But some of the cars that are currently being… » 12/05/12 2:20pm 12/05/12 2:20pm

Global Vehicles Bitch-Slaps Mahindra... With A $35 Million Pickup…

Global Vehicles alleges Mahindra delayed EPA certification on their built-in-India pickup trucks to purposely cancel the contract granting exclusive rights for distribution in the United States. Now Global Vehicles is fighting back — by placing a $35 million order?! » 9/24/10 8:00am 9/24/10 8:00am

Mahindra Scorpio Shows Off Its Tennessee Two-Step

Indian conglomerate Mahindra cleared one set of U.S. regulations last week for selling its diesel-powered pickup in the United States. Based on these pictures from a Jalopnik reader, the Scorpio SUV may not be far behind. » 8/26/10 12:00pm 8/26/10 12:00pm

This Is The Lawsuit Attempting To Bring Indian Diesel Pickups To…

Indian automaker Mahindra promised America a small diesel pickup, but there have been numerous delays. Now U.S. distributor Global Motors is suing the company to make them stop dragging their feet and start building it. Here's the full thing. » 6/17/10 2:00pm 6/17/10 2:00pm