A new diesel MPV, the ‘Supro Van’ has been launched by Mahindra and Mahindra and this will be taking on the Maruti Omni across the country. Priced at Rs.4.38 lakh, the Van is looking to get a bunch of semi urban customers and follows BS-III emission norms.
The Van comes powered with a 909cc engine that delivers 45.6bhp in terms of power and comes with either a five-seater or eight-seater option. This means that it may turn out to be a fantastic passenger vehicle as well, much like the Omni has become. Based on the new Supro platform from Mahindra, the car will take on not only the Omni but the Eeco as well which have been leading the markets for quite some while now.
The top model will be available with air conditioning and power steering both while lower end models may not have air conditioning or power steering or both. The engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox across the board as well.
In addition to this launch, the “Supro Maxitruck” has also been launched by Mahindra and this has been priced at Rs.4.25 lakh. It will also follow the BS-III emission norms and will be a one tonne payload commercial vehicle. Both the van and the truck are to be manufactured at the Chakan production facility of the company and will be made available in as many as three colours.
A four dour version of the e2o is being worked on by Mahindra Reva in order to cater to the markets in Europe. The news has been confirmed by the executive director of the company, Pawan Goenka, who also said that the new car would get into production by July 2016.
Following the launch of the FAME initiative by the government earlier in the year, the demand for the hybrid and electric cars appears to have increased significantly and coupled with exports, it would appear that Mahindra will finally get some much needed recognition for its line up of eco friendly cars. Mahindra has been producing the e2o from its production facility near Bengaluru in fairly smaller figures up till now as a result of low demand. Now though, the price has dropped from Rs 6.76 lakh too Rs 4.99 lakh for the T2 variant and from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 5.38 lakh for the Quick2Charge model.
In addition to being sold in markets across India, the e2o is also being exported to various markets globally including Sri Lanka and Bhutan. The four door model is also likely to be launched in India once the car has been released in Europe. Mahindra Reva has been one of the pioneers of alternative fuel sources in India and has constantly been producing cars that can meet global emission demands. This will be good news for them in order to establish themselves on a global level.
Sales for Mahindra and Mahindra fell by six per cent in September with figures of 39693 units sold for the month. This number includes all the vehicles from the company line up – passenger, LCV, three wheelers and utility vehicles as well.
According to President and Chief Executive (Automotive), M&M Ltd. Pravin Shah, the recent rate reduction in interest by RBI will help infuse more optimism in the economy and this will help the auto industry come back faster from what has been a slow and fragmented recovery. According to him, if the banks pass on this rate cut to customers then this would bring significant momentum into the industry with more and more customers looking to buy cars particularly considering that this will be the festive season. The exports at Mahindra also seem to be doing well with a growth of 26 per cent and a 184 per cent growth in the MHCV segment as well. The TUV300 which Mahindra launched in September has also had a fairly good response according to the company and it is banking on this to improve overall performance.
Presently, Mahindra has had passenger vehicles sales drop by 7 per cent and has lost quite a portion of their market share. The company hopes to get this back with the launch of a number of new vehicles for the market here in India. The company had launched the TUV300, which has been making waves and will be one of their models to look out for.
Mahindra seems to be making the news for all the right reasons lately with the XUV500 crossing the mark of 1.5 lakh units sold in another landmark for the carmaker. The XUV500 was launched in 2011 and has since then been quite popular in the multi utility vehicle category.
The car has been a conception of Mahindra in house and has been made at the Chennai factory of the brand. The current updated edition of the XUV500 was released earlier this year and apart from that there haven’t been too many changes that Mahindra has made to the winning model.
Power to the car comes from the popular and trustworthy 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which delivers 140bhp in terms of power as well as 330Nm of torque. The car also comes with quite a few features which make it all the more desirable in the market. These include modern add ons such as illuminated scuff plates, electrically adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, a great infotainment system as well as up to six airbags ensuring that safety is given topmost priority as well.
The present XUV500 line up is available at prices between Rs.11 lakh and 16 lakh. It is fairly competitive and has been successfully able to take on the like of the Renault Duster, Nissan Teranno as well as the Hyundai Creta in spite of being launched earlier than them. Another winner indeed, from the Mahindra stable.
The production figure of 7 lakh has been crossed by the Mahindra plant at Haridwar in Uttarakhand and is one of the biggest milestones for the company. What is even more remarkable is that this has taken a mere 10 months for Mahindra to move from the 6 lakh mark to the 7 lakh figure, which is testament to the popularity of the brand in the country.
President and chief executive (Automotive) of Mahindra and Mahindra, Pravin Shah said that the milestone would act as a significant moment in the company’s journey in the automotive industry and is a mark of the effort that workers and management have put in at the Haridwar plant of the company. The plant has always been associated with excellence in terms of manufacturing and this is reflected in the spirit and commitment of having no limits when it comes to the Rise philosophy of the company. He also believes that this will only be a stepping stone to the success that the plant sees in the future.
The Haridwar plant of Mahindra was inaugurated in December 2005 and the Bolero, Gio, Scorpio S2, Champion and the Alfa are manufactured at the location. In addition to this, the plant has been the highest producing plant from among all the company’s units and has amongst the highest production capacities among all the plants as well. Mahindra’s plant at Haridwar is the only automotive plant that the company has in North India.
Mahindra has revealed that the company has sold as many as five lakh units of the popular SUV Scorpio in India. The car was launched first in 2002 and has been extremely successful throughout the country.
The car had reached the milestone of four lakh units just in 2013, which means that more than 50000 units have been sold per year by Mahindra in the last two years for this SUV alone. This landmark will definitely add a lot of weight to the brand value that Mahindra has and will go a long way in establishing it as a leading Indian car manufacturer.
The Mahindra Scorpio has by and large remained the same over the years barring when a new generation as launched in 2014. This bears testimony to how well the car has managed to sustain itself over a decade and how ahead of its time it has been.
The latest model comes with quite a few features and has been built on an all-new platform. Mahindra provides greater comfort, safety, performance and convenience in its new offering and has updated the Scorpio to keep on delivering to customers. However, that is not to say that the popularity of the SUV has waned. The Scorpio has always sold very well and with the updated version being launched last year, the sales for the SUV have picked up once again. Mahindra has always been a force to reckon with when it comes to SUV’s and this establishes that further.
The TUV300 was launched by Mahindra last week and it has been promoted by the brand as the tough iconic blue SUV. The company has now also released the accessories list for the car.
The battle tank inspired Tough Utility Vehicle (TUV) comes with tons of options in terms of accessories. For all those looking to add that extra xing to their vehicle, there are tons of furnishings and equipment on offer from Mahindra. These are all officially badged by the company and the prices are also fairly reasonable.
The accessory list includes the following:
Armour body kit:
Bonnet Hull Clading
Front Stone Guard
Front Armour kit
Side armour skirt
Body wheel arches and others
Those looking for a heavy duty and rugged exterior can also look at the following accessories:
U For Protector Front Guard
Ranger Front Guard
Front bull bar
Protective rear impact beam
EPDM front guard
Some of the other chrome add ons as well as premium accessories include:
License plate chrome garnish
Lower Grill Chrome Garnish
Rear license plate chrome garnish
Tail lamp chrome garnish
Door handle chrome garnish
Ski rack chrome garnish
Some of the infotainment options available are:
Active sub woofer
Headrest mounted 7” DVD LCD
Headrest mounted 7” DVD LCD Player
There are also as many as four types of parking assist systems available and various other accessories such as transparent PVC mat, designer floor mats, rear visor set, dual USB cell phone charger and many others.
The Executive Director of Mahindra and Mahindra, Mr. Pawan Goenka has announced that the Mahindra XUV100 would be getting a 1.2-litre petrol engine at an event to launch the TUV300 in Pune. The XUV100 is likely to be the first offering from the Mumbai based carmaker, which will be fitted with a home grown engine.
The engine has been developed jointly by SsangYong and Mahindra and is likely to be a three pot mill. Considering the rivals that it has in the market, the engine output would be about 75bhp and will have 110Nm of torque. In terms of transmission, the car would have the option of a five-speed AMT as well as a five-speed manual.
The diesel variant though will have the mHawk 80 engine from the TUV300, which would have a peak power of 84bhp and a peak torque of 230Nm in the manual and 81bhp and 230Nm of torque in the AMT.
The XUV100 has been seen and keenly observed through much of its testing as well as the various development stages and it is believed that it will be a hatchback based crossover. It is also likely to be Mahindra’s entry in the extremely competitive as well as volume heavy B+ segment of cars.
Not only this, at the launch, Pawan Goenka also gave confirmation to reports that Mahindra was working towards bringing petrol engines to whole fleet of Mahindra cars over the coming few years.
The TUV300 has been launched by Mahindra for the Indian market and comes at a starting price of Rs.6.90 lakh and is looking to take on the Ford EcoSport in the Indian market.
The Mahindra TUV300 is being billed as the ‘Iconic true Blue SUV’ by the company and has a battle tank inspired design. The car is quite similar to the Bolero in terms of looks and sports new alloy wheels, short overhangs and square wheel arches. The straight roofline fits the squarish vehicle shape and the car can be bought in as many as six colours.
The TUV300 will be made available in seven variants – T4, T4+, T6, T6+, T6 AMT, T8+ and the T8 AMT which will be the top-end edition. The car will also have standard features such as power steering, air conditioning, power windows, tilt steering as well as an immobiliser. The top end model would include electronically adjustable OVRMs, micro hybrid technology as well as four inch display.
Apart from the T4, all models will have ABS and dual airbags and Mahindra has also managed to add two jump seats to the back, making the car a seven- seater.
The car comes powered by the advanced mHawk80 series engine which delivers 80bhp in terms of power as well as 230Nm in terms of torque.
The TUV300 will look to build on the success of the Bolero SUV and will be the car to look out this festive season.
Prices of various TUV300 versions are given below:
Mahindra is barely a couple of days from launching its new SUV the TUV 300 and already reports are coming in that the company is working on a bigger version of the car to take on its rivals like the Maruti S-Cross, Hyundai Creta and the segment leader Renault Duster. Called TUV 500, the car will be positioned above the soon to be launched TUV 300 in the Indian market.
Nothing else is known about the car yet except that it might just be price competitively for the segment since it will be up against some of the best sellers in the country and it will also target primarily a urban customer base.
The TUV500 is expected to be underpinned by the same structure as the TUV300 and will carry a much improved version of the mHawk60 engine.