What Happened To America’s Next Great Compact Pickup?

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We love sturdy compact pickups and we mourn that CAFE has largely killed any hope of their return. But we still want them anyway, and we still long for Mahindra.


Oh, you've never heard of Mahindra? That's not a surprise.

Mahindra is an Indian auto maker that was supposed to bring their compact pickup line to the States. Hell, PickupTrucks.com even got a test drive. That was many, many years ago. We've given up hope.


Pauljones shares our skepticism. Here's what he said about the upcoming US launch of the Tata Nano.

Would this be before or after the Mahindra truck goes on sale? The difference in this case would either never or the day after never.


This just makes us sad. Now don't remind us that we've been waiting for Alfa Romeo to come Stateside for as long as we can rememeber.

Photo Credit: Mike Levine/PickupTrucks.com

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Irving Snapoversteer Washington

Orlover, I know a rhetorical question when I see one, but that's never stopped me from answering it anyway.

With regard to Mahindra, Global basically got pantsed in the negotiation because they stayed up too late and inked the deal without input from their lawyers. They've admitted this in interviews. I wanted them to succeed, but for Pete's sake, they've admitted to being utter dumbasses. Which may be why Mahindra picked them instead of the multiple other dealer groups that wanted to bring the truck to the US.

But way, way more important is the price of a half-ton, full-size pick up in the US. You can't get enough of a margin on a mini pickup because the big three will undercut you on the price of a full size with a V-6. It'll actually be cheaper than your average mini truck. And I stand with the Jalops in lamenting the demise of the Courier and the Luv, but this is not a mystery. We don't have to keep answering the question. America wants full sized pickups.