Future production of Mahindra’s TR-series diesel trucks are already being considered at a Navistar manufacturing facility in the U.S., according to a recent news report. Stateside assembly would skirt the 25% “chicken tax” assessed on all imported trucks, which is no small tariff.
"Once we decide to assemble in the U.S., we would look at Navistar's facilities to see if there's something available which is right for us and if that works out," said Pawan Goenka, Mahindra's president of automotive operations. "We will certainly give priority to using Navistar's facilities."
The initial run of TR-series trucks is pegged to arrive this spring
from its Nashik plant in India, with Georgia-based Global Vehicles USA handling distribution. Mahindra is expected to make a decision on a U.S. assembly location by December.
Why are Navistar’s plants the front-runners for Mahindra’s future production plans? The two companies have been in partnership through the MNAL joint venture since 2005, manufacturing a full range of commercial trucks and buses from 3.5-ton GVW to 49-ton GVW for the Indian market and other export locations. The pair also recently launched a new line of commercial trucks designed specifically for India. Mahindra-Navistar medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are currently produced at Mahindra’s Greenfield plant at Chakan, India.
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Navistar has eight manufacturing locations in the U.S., half of which are used to produce vehicles. Of the four, only Navistar’s Garland, Texas and Springfield, Ohio plants manufacture actual trucks. The eight U.S. plants are:
- Conway, Arkansas -- Buses (FE and RE models)
- Garland, Texas -- Severe-service trucks (International WorkStar and PayStar), regional-haul trucks (International TranStar)
- Huntsville, Alabama -- MaxxForce diesel engines
- Melrose Park, Illinois -- MaxxForce diesel engines
- Springfield, Ohio -- Medium-duty trucks (International DuraStar)
- Tulsa, Oklahoma -- Buses (CE model)
- Union City, Indiana -- Chassis for motor homes, vocational applications, trucks, and buses
- Waukesha, Wisconsin -- Foundry site for ductile iron components
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Sources: Navistar, PickupTrucks.com