The relationship between Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra and Global Vehicles USA is finally severed, thanks to an arbitrator, but the six-year tale that lead to this divorce takes a little more telling than that.
When Mahindra decided to market a light truck in the U.S., it turned to company Global Vehicles USA. That was in 2006. More than half a decade later the company that originally dreamed of selling its wares in America is glad to walk away from the sordid bargain despite selling nothing.
In 2006, Mahindra announced intent to bring its T20 and T40 light trucks to the U.S. market — Global Vehicles USA would partner with the company to handle distribution. That fell apart in 2010 before the truck was set to launch when the agreement between the two companies expired. Global Vehicles said that Mahindra ended the contract while Mahindra maintained that Global Vehicles allowed the expiration to occur, which worked in Mahindra’s favor. Global Vehicles USA sought arbritration in London, saying that Mahindra had breached the contract.
Most recently, arbitration found that Mahindra did not breach the terms of contract and that the deal legitimately expired. The finding ends Mahindra’s partnership with Global Vehicles and makes it highly unlikely that the small turbo-diesel truck will ever make it to our shores, at least under cooperation by the feuding firms.
Mahindra, however, isn’t giving up on its American dream. After the Global Vehicles debacles, the Indian company bought a controlling share in South Korean company SsangYong Motor which announced its plan to bring vehicles to the U.S.
[Source: USA Today]