Mahindra Gets EPA OK to Sell Pickup Trucks in the U.S.

Mahindra and Mahindra Pikup

In brief: Mahindra and Mahindra, India's largest carmaker, has received clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell compact pickup trucks in the U.S.

The word

Mahindra Pikup

The company has three models of compact pickups, with the more conventional "Pikup" model likely to lead the way. The truck has a 2.2L, four cylinder engine and is expected to be available in the U.S. by December.

The pickup would be low-priced (no tag set) competition for established compact truck sellers like Toyota, Nissan, GM and Ford. Mahindra's niche will be the fact that it's the only compact truck offered in America with a diesel engine.

Sometime next year, the same platform's SUV variant, the Scorpio, may also be coming to America. The hybrid version of that SUV is expected in 2013.

And so ...

It's unclear who the primary dealer for Mahindra would be as their deal with Global Vehicles USA has soured after the EPA delay.

Photo credits: Mahindra

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