Illustration for article titled US Mahindra Trucks Delayed While Manufacturer Conducts Road Tests

Indian truckmaker Mahindra has told their independent U.S. distributor, Global Vehicles USA, that it needs an extra six months to get its US-bound discount diesel trucks ready. That bumps the retail launch back to the fourth quarter of next year, which isn't so bad considering that, of the 324 dealers that signed up to sell the trucks, most haven't even built a showroom yet. But why the extra wait? Well, apparently Mahindra decided it would be best to do some testing of the truck, you know, to see if it's actually any good or not. They're lining up a fleet of 25 trucks to drive 3.2 million miles around the US. We're pretty sure that's the collective mileage split between the 25 trucks — otherwise cheap Indian diesel pickup aficionados might be waiting around even longer. [Automotive News; Sub. Req.]


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