Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra's revised launch date to sell diesel pickup trucks in the U.S. this summer has now been pushed to September.
Mahindra originally planned to launch its small truck in the first quarter of 2010. The date was then moved to the summer due to certification and testing requirements from the Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency, which were longer than anticipated by Mahindra and Global Vehicles USA, its distributor in the U.S.
This latest pushback is caused by the EPA as it finalizes that Mahindra's clean diesel engines meet strict U.S. standards. John Perez, CEO of Global Vehicles USA, said in a statement that the agency's testing is actually complete and all final paperwork has been submitted for the agency's approval.
It will take the EPA approximately 30 days to approve the paperwork. Global Vehicles will then start to distribute the trucks to the near 300 dealers in the U.S.
Full details of Mahindra's small diesel trucks, like their official mpg figures, are still unknown at the time of this post. Known models that will probably be on sale in September include the TR20 and TR40. An SUV, based on the trucks, will probably arrive a year later.
Source: PriceWheels Blog