Live update – 12.00 pm- 6th January, 2010
Mahindra Maxximo Pick up Truck
Mahindra unveils the Mahindra Scorpio Special edition
Live Update- 3.30 pm- 5th January, 2010
Mahindra Navistar Automotives Ltd. (MNAL) unveiled its 25 tonne and 31 tonne trucks for the Indian market.
These machines are powered by the high performance MaxxForce® 7.2 litre diesel engines which have been tailored into 4-valves per cylinder from the Brazilian design of 2 valves per cylinder. The fuel injection system and turbocharger have been re-tuned to give maximum fuel effeciency. The engine features both, a mechanical injection system with a Bosch Rotary pump, as well as a high-pressure 1800 bar common-rail fuel injection system and is compliant with BS III & BS IV emission norms.
Mahindar Navistar is a joint venture formed in 2005 between Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) India and Navistar Inc USA. The trucks have been designed utilising 175 years of technological and truck R&D expertise of Navistar and 60 years of experience of Mahindra. The joint venture is in the process of addressing every segment of the commercial vehicle market from 3.5 tonne GVW to 49 tonne GVW with variants of passenger transport, cargo and specialized load applications.
Mahindra Navistar aims to expand its product line over the next two years to provide the full range of CV’s. Currently, the range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles is being manufactured at a plant at Chakan, near Pune.
Mahindra will showcase its all new SUV which M&M expects will firmly establish their brand as a serious player in the global market. The SUV has been caught testing again and again near Maharashtra and Karnataka. But since the final production mules have not been spotted yet, we are expecting a concept version of the SUV to be present at the Expo. The new SUV is expected to be significantly larger than their flagship model, the Scorpio. Industry sources however are hinting that the new vehicle will continue with the ‘Scorpio’ nametag which will help the brand gain more momentum in Mahindra’s export markets.
The Xylo has been doing astonishingly well for M&M since its launch. Mahindra are set to take the successful platform to a higher level. It comes in the form of a pick up truck based on the Xylo. Hold your horses though, because the pick up won’t be an enthusiast’s vehicle like the Scorpio Getaway or the Tata Xenon – but instead a workhorse that will compete with the Tata 207DI. The Xylo pickup too, like the new M&M SUV is still in its testing phases, so whether it will be the production model or a concept that makes it to the Expo, is something that needs to be seen over the next few days. More on this, when we are back.
The manufacturer has announced that it will be previewing an electric vehicle at the Auto Expo. The vehicle will be showcased to gauge public reaction and make any additions or changes to the vehicle ahead of its scheduled 2010 end launch. M&M will also be launching its new mini truck christened Maxximo at the Auto Expo.
While speaking to the media, the President of Automotive Sector at M&M, Pawan Goenka, confirmed that the manufacturer will be showcasing an electric vehicle at the Auto Expo which will be launched towards the end of 2010. He further said that the company has developed a hydrogen and CNG powered vehicle which could be launched in the 12-18 months depending on the infrastructure. Commenting about the launch of the new mini-truck Goenka revealed that Maxximo has been designed and developed on the basis of extensive customer feedback. Mahindra& Mahindra will be stationed at Hall no. 2 and 5.
Spy Pics from: Team-Bhp