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Mahindra hopes for great growth in SUV segment in this fiscal

India’s home grown SUV master, Mahindra and Mahindra expects good growth in the SUV segment. The Indian automobile industry has been struggling under slumped market conditions over a year now, but the Indian auto major is hoping for a much needed positive change in the situation. This change of fortunes in the Indian car market is hopped to come based on more stable economic situation in the current fiscal and a better political scenario.

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Mahindra and Mahindra has revealed that the company has already started registering better demand and sales growth from the month of March, and this year’s first quarter witnessed the company post about 25 percent growth as compared against the same period, last year. The Indian auto major further said that not only the urban and semi urban markets of India, but the rural markets are also drawing good sales figures. It said that on top of that the small towns are the latest growth generators for the Indian car industry and the state of Uttar Pradesh is itself contributing 12 percent of the company’s total sales volume all over India.

In the year 2013, Mahindra & Mahindra managed to sell a total of 4.70 lakh vehicles, out of which about 53000 units were sold only in the UP region.

To make it even better for Mahindra & Mahindra, in a situation when the new cars are taking the cherry from the cake, Mahindra’s renewed growth is coming from its veteran SUV models, namely Scorpio and the Bolero. The company is bouncing back with good growth backed by the strong and increasing demand for its popular SUVs Bolero and Scorpio. The more than a decade old Scorpio has even emerged as the top selling SUV once again by beating the much newer popular SUV models’ sale figures, such as the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster.

Mahindra’s popular commercial vehicles such as the like Bolero Pickup truck and the Bolero Maxi Truck Plus have also grown in their demands in the market. Mahindra has witnessed 18 percent growth in the passenger vehicles segment, while in the commercial vehicle segment the company has grown by 38 percent.

Mahindra & Mahindra’s Chief Sales and Customer Care Officer of the Automotive Division, Arun Malhotra said that through the year, Mahindra’s SUV market share in India has declined from 52 to 45 percent but in Uttar Pradesh the decline registered was only about 2 percent. Mahindra still enjoys a massive 72 percent share in UP in the SUV segment.

Mahindra & Mahindra has invested heavily to improve the sales and service network in the UP. The company currently has around 197 service centers across 72 districts of the state and around 160 dealership showrooms. Malhotra further said that the company is focusing on expanding the service outlet network in the state of UP to offer enhanced quality service to the valued customers.

Mahindra & Mahindra is currently working on a range of new products to beat competition and boost sales.

Ssangyong Mahindra Rexton versus Tata Aria – Lavish UV battle

Mahindra is an acclaimed Indian auto manufacturer, and has invested a fair bit in SUV segment. The growth status of the company is so enormous that Mahindra enjoys 70% share of Ssangyong. A phenomenal product obtained from merge of Mahindra and Ssangyong is Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton. The car is an ace rival to the new Tata Aria.

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A launch from Mahindra Ssangyong has to be grand, and the car has undergone intensive treatment on the technical front since launch. Tata Aria is among the prime creations of Tata Motors, the car however did not do too well in the market, and the new model is packed with new features and improvements. Let’s compare the two models and bring out the better of the two cars.

Ssangyong Mahindra Rexton is sold in two variants RX7 and RX5; RX7 is inserted with five cylinder RX270 XVT diesel engine that pumps out 402Nm and 184bhp. RX5 is equipped with powerful XDi diesel five cylinder 2696cc engine that yields 340Nm and 162 bhp. RX7 is attached to 5 speed electronic transmission and is sold in all wheel drive mode and RX5 is attached to 5 speed manual transmission and is offered with the advanced torque on demand drive train. Ssangyong Mahindra Rexton is just too spacious and the interior décor is super exquisite and elegant. The exteriors bring out the macho demeanor of the car to the core. The headlights are molded into trendy eagle light structures, and the illumination output is marvelous. The bumper looks stylish and is embedded with well carved out fog lights, and glossy chrome decorated grille. Mahindra Ssangyong has used chrome molding on the sides of the car to avoid unnecessary scratches. The automatic transmission RX7 costs Rs 21,10,913 and the manual RX5 car is Rs 18,87,337 all ex-showroom prices.

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Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton is engineered with class rending safety features such as engine immobilizer, collision avoidance system, electronic stability program, traction control, air bags in driver and passenger compartment. All these security fittings provided guaranteed safety from the harshest of harsh impacts. The other important features to take note of are halogen headlights that render super powerful illumination and hill descent control.

Now coming to new Tata Aria, it is sold in three versions, Pride 4×4, Pleasure and Pure LX. The car is inserted with powerful Varicor 2.2 liter engine that churns 320Nm and 150PS. The car runs on an admirable 15 kmpl mileage, and the insides are draped with series of renovations, the cushions are draped in fine leather beige upholstery. The comfort levels are world class with height adjustment facility on driver’s seat, and adjustable tilt steering. The other comfort features are roof fitted air con vents and automatic climate control. Expect to be extremely secure in new Aria with top end safety features. Every nook and corner of the car offers immense protection with the presence of curtain airbags, side airbags, and driver’s and passenger seat airbags, Permetric Alarm System, ESP, EBD, and ABS. The car costs Rs 9.95 lakhs.

Mahindra Ssangyong is the better pick with regard to posh interiors, and the two cars are equally powerful in terms of advanced safety, and engine features.

Mahindra S101 sub-4 meter SUV spied again

The Indian compact sub-4 meter SUV segment has been growing tremendously popular in the recent times, and it has witnessed soaring demands with the high flying success of Ford EcoSport. The highly potential compact SUV market in India is thus now attracting a whole new bunch of car makers, all of whom are eager to jump onto the compact SUV bandwagon. The segment is soon to be flooded with many new launches from various car majors such as Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Tata, etc.

Mahindra compact suv caught testing spy shot

Being the Indian SUV leader, Mahindra & Mahindra has been having a hard time digesting the high success of many compact SUVs such as the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano. Needless to say, the Indian car major is incredibly busy building potential competitors to beat competition in India. The car maker is known to be developing two compact SUV models, one a sub-4 meter model to take on the EcoSport and a slightly larger compact SUV to handle the likes of the Duster and Terrano.

Among these, the upcoming compact sub-4 meter SUV model from Mahindra that is still codenamed as the S101 has been getting spied a lot of times, as it entered its road test rounds for quite some time.

Most recently, this Ford EcoSport challenger from Mahindra was spotted by the spy shutterbugs while testing on the roads of Chennai. This upcoming new Mahindra sub-4 meter SUV is now expected to make in India launch in the year 2015, most probably towards the beginning. The Mahindra S101 as usual was spotted with its heavy camouflages intact even in this time, keeping the prying lenses away from its much wanted design details.

However, it is already known that the Mahindra’s S101 is based on an entirely new platform with a monocoque layout. This platform is still being worked on by both Mahindra and its Korean subsidiary Ssangyong, as the company revealed. At present, Mahindra & Mahindra does not have any proper compact SUV, as its Quanto is actually a slashed down Xylo variant which is fast losing its popularity and is no match for the highly successful Ford EcoSport. Thus, post launch the S101 will be going head-on with the EcoSport.

It is being speculated that this new compact SUV from Mahindra will have a stylish premium visual appeal and will borrow design cues from its full-sized premium cousin, the XUV500. Being a sub-4 meter SUV, the S101 will be giving its maker the excise duty benefits that will help in its aggressive pricing to lure in more buyers.

Under the hood, the S101 will pack in both petrol and diesel engines, namely a 1.2 liter petrol mill and a 1.5 liter diesel mill, both coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission.

The Mahindra S101 is expected to be very spacious despite its compact form and is speculated to have an incredulous starting price of around 5 lakhs. If these rumors really come true then there’s no stopping the S101 from being a great hit.

Mahindra and Nissan keen to build electric vehicles via joint partnership

Eco friendly and hybrid cars are the latest hot topics of discussion in auto world, the gravity of the matter lies in the rapid increase in respiratory disorders all over the world. Every second person suffers from asthma today, and it is a risk to venture into the outer world, where pollution is at your doorstep. Mahindra, India’s esteemed auto manufacturer has won great acclaim with the launch of e20 electric car. The auto biggie is up with another electric car project called Halo concept, which was showcased at 2014 Auto Expo event.

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Mahindra is keen to build more electric vehicles through a joint collaboration process with Nissan. The e20 was built by a subsidiary of Mahindra, Reva, and Nissan is a reputed Japanese firm, and is well versed with the nuances of the Original Equipment Manufacture sector for many years, and this could trigger a firm bond with regard to impressive design and breakthrough technology.

Halo sports car exudes enormous power, which reflects its identities of an electric model and pumps out 140bhp. The performance power of the car is splendid, in just 8 seconds Halo spearheaded through a vast distance of 100 km/hr. Chetan Maini, the CEO of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicle stated, ‘’the car is built and developed with the resources available on Indian soil. From the front, the car is an ideal representation of a custom made model, and the impact is so vast that it resembles a sporty car piece. A car as high tech as Halo has to look trendy and the trendiness is visible on LED lamps. Halo is an assortment of style and sportiness, and the expected launch date is late 2015 or earlier months of 2016. The expected price is Rs 30 to 35 lakhs.

Halo is packed with excitement and innovation, with the fitment of high end connectivity, best-in-class dual touch screen infotainment system, and world class safety features. Customers will be super excited with the grand features that exist in Mahindra Halo. The manufacturing center is Mahindra Reva Studio.

Halo has the attributes to compete on a global challenging competition level, and just like e20 which has been exported to attractive European markets, Halo too will travel places. Electric cars are beneficial in today’s world filled with dark pollution caused by massive industrialization. Mahindra Reva takes pride in being among the major Indian automobile firm to invest in this segment. It is however difficult to ask for support in India, because of the lackluster approach of Indian government in providing sufficient revenues to fund electric vehicle projects.

Since Mahindra is now partnering with Nissan to build electric cars, the support will surely be adequate, in a view of the fact that Nissan is an established Japanese based firm, and the company might get the required support from its home based unit.

Acclaimed auto firms like Mahindra have the brainwave and awareness of the importance of electric vehicles. The concerns lie in lack of government support and infrastructure.

Highly speculated revamped 2014 Mahindra Scorpio to come with major changes

The home grown auto major, Mahindra & Mahindra is back in news with its iconic SUV Scorpio. While on one hand, the current Scorpio model is beating new SUVs and has become the top selling SUV once again, on the other hand the upcoming refreshed Scorpio continues to grab attention.

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The new Mahindra Scorpio facelift’s prototype has been caught testing now for innumerable times. Though there was high speculation that it will be revealed at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo that was held in the February that really did not happen. Till now nobody knows when the model will actually launch in the Indian market. Some reports say that it might launch in this year’s festive season, while the others say that it will actually hit the market early 2015.

Mahindra & Mahindra has not announced officially as yet about what sort of changes it will make to the upcoming revamped Scorpio, but several reports and the spied test mules have revealed some a lot of details. The various sets of spy pictures so far have implied that the facelift Scorpio will come packed with a whole lot of new features and will receive heavy changes both on the inside as well as on the outside.

The 2014 Scorpio facelift is all set to get new larger headlights, redesigned front grille and different looking new front bumper, new tail lamps, revised trendier tail gate and rear bumper. Everything is arranged to make the veteran SUV look sportier and contemporary than its current model. It is also being said that the Scorpio is now going to be more plush and premium and to begin with that it is borrowing design cues and some features from the premium XUV500. The new Scorpio’s front face is also speculated to get a similar appeal to that of the XUV.

On the inside, the new refreshed Scorpio is going to have a good deal of changes as well. Previous spy pictures have already revealed that the SUV will flaunt a new dashboard design with some significant changes. Now, sources have confirmed the same stressing on the fact that Mahindra is keen to make the new Scorpio more up-market than its present model. The new model will also get more premium new upholstery along with a redesigned centre console. Reports also suggest that it will borrow its new steering wheel and some other features straight from the XUV500.

As we are talking about a facelift version of the Mahindra Scorpio here, the under the hood specifications are most likely to remain the same, which means the same reliable 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine churning out the max power of 120bhp will keep on doing its duty. However, there are high expectations that the car major will fine tune the engine for better power and refinement.

In all probabilities Mahindra & Mahindra will choose the favorite car launch time in India, namely the festive season to launch the new 2014 Scorpio facelift.

Mahindra records a spectacular sale growth of 25% in UP in 2014 March

Mahindra and Mahindra, India’s legendary auto manufacturer has recorded a 9.34% sale dip in 2014 March in whole of India. The company has however encountered impressive profit sales of 25% in the state of Uttar Pradesh in March 2014. It is interesting to learn that Mahindra has made great shillings in Uttar Pradesh, and the mystery behind the robust growth is the huge demand for eminent Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV’s) like Maxi truck Plus, Scorpio, Bolero and so on as stated by Arun Malhotra who is in charge of Customer Care Officer and Chief Sales in automotive division of Mahindra and Mahindra.

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The growth increase in commercial and passenger car segment is 38 and 18% and in 2013-2014 Financial Year Mahindra noted 2% sale rise in UP. It is a phenomenal result amidst the constraint economy environment. Mahindra has a strong base in North India, and UP is an attractive market for sales. The state alone has churned immense 35% profits taking the overall sales in northern region of India into consideration.

The growth curve in pick vehicle segment is enormous as well, and the result obtained is surprisingly true with a growth of 49%. Mahindra has noted a 1% sale growth in passenger vehicle category; even though the growth is minor the flow of vehicles is vast, with the movement of more than 33,000 pieces.

According to latest automobile news reports Scorpio and Bolero are among top selling SUV’s in India. This segment has been in huge demand for years, evident with the legendary sale history of Scorpio. The car was launched over ten years ago, and today more than four lakh pieces of the car is sold. This is how profitable Mahindra SUV’s are in Indian market. The sale of Bolero has yielded 93% market share in UP, and its contribution to the whole country is 34%.

On the grand results Malhotra said, ‘’our goal is to cater to customer’s needs and requirements through the sale of valuable products, and establishment of service networks all over UP.’’ Mahindra has expanded its product network in rural quarters of UP with 199 customer touch points which is inclusive of customer support, sale advice, service centers, dealer branches and dealerships.

UP stands third in overall economy ratings in India, behind only Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra which stand second and first. The state mainly thrives on livestock, agriculture and midsized industries. The fact that Mahindra cars are selling faster in UP than any other state is a measure of its impressive economic growth.

Mahindra is among the first to introduce powerful and conventional SUV’s in the market and its arch rival in home grown segment is Tata Motors. Bolero and Scorpio have spearheaded the dominant stature of SUV product of Tata Motors like Tata Safari Storme and Tata Gold, which have also been on the scene for quite a while.

Mahindra is currently working on its new S101 SUV project, and many describe it to be an ace rival of Ford EcoSport. The car will surely win many votes in UP and will be among Mahindra’s fiery launches which is hard to beat.

Here comes the car for the vulnerable ministers – the bulletproof Mahindra Scorpio

Bulletproof cars are something very special, off course not meant for everyone (as everyone does not need that). The term bulletproof evokes a sense of imminent danger from which protection is needed and hence, bulletproof cars are either meant for very important people or the mafia dons.

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However, when we say a bulletproof vehicle, we are not talking about some imported or rare car here. It is the homegrown and very popular Mahindra Scorpio SUV. The iconic SUV from the Indian car major has been around for well over a decade. Now, Defense Land Systems, a company owned by the Mahindra Group has launched a bulletproof body kit for the iconic Scorpio.  This specialized bulletproof kit will transform the very familiar sturdy and stylish Scorpio into a highly protective vehicle, offering safety to those who need it from attackers.

This special bulletproof body-kit for the Mahindra Scorpio is now on offer in 3 different varieties; Executive, Premium and VVIP, which are priced at Rs. 12.67 lakhs, Rs. 16.07 lakhs and Rs. 18.33 lakhs, respectively. Potential buyers who are interested in buying any of these 3 kit variants can book by paying a booking amount of Rs. 75,000.

The bulletproof Scorpio kit has the capability of guarding its occupants when shot at from a 9mm pistol from a distance of 5m at a 90 degree angle. The ability to withstand bullet shots makes it very protective and ultra sturdy as well. The vehicle’s specialized fuel tank is also reinforced with fire suppression materials that evade catching fire causing from shots at the fuel tank. The bulletproof kit also makes use of specially created glasses that can effectively withstand 9mm pistol attack. Apart from these highly specialized protective features, the kit also packs in a real time car tracking device.

The 3 variants of this unique bulletproof kit for the Mahindra Scorpio SUV offer increased levels of protection. Thus, the Executive kit comes braced with the features that include bulletproof body panels, bulletproof glass, fire proof fuel tank and real time tracking device. The higher Premium kit adds a few more special features to all the above in the form of bulletproof panel, and a run flat system which allows the driver to drive the vehicle even with a flat tyre that was hit by a bullet, thus allowing escape from the attackers. The most expensive and the top of the line bulletproof kit, namely the VVIP offers a comprehensive assassination protection along with blast proof floor carpeting and bulletproof glass on the power windows added to all the other features of the lower two variants.

On top of the benefits of the above mentioned features, the company is also offering two-year warranty, 1 year free insurance for equipments in the bulletproof kits and 6 free services.

These impressive Scorpio Bulletproof kits are offered on the online portal Snapdeal. Considering the election season, Mahindra seems to have offered the right product to make some additional bucks.

Mahindra Group appoints Ruzbeh Irani as Chief Group Communications and Ethics Officer

Mahindra and Mahindra India’s established automobile firm has appointed Ruzbeh Irani, in charge of Chief Group Communication and Ethics officer segment. He is also an active member of Mahindra Group Executive Board, from the 1st of April 2014. Ruzbeh Irani has come in place of Roma Balwani who stepped out on 31st of March 2014. He was in the main head of communications function for about 9 years.

Ruzbeh IraniOn the appointment of new Chief Group Communications and Ethics Officer, the chairman of Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra stated ,’’ communication is an integral part of efficient operations to build the firm to a globally recognized brand and strengthen domestic core values. It is the effect of robust communication that has led Mahindra to attain the prestigious tag of the top 50 most appreciated global brands by the year 2020. ‘’

Mr Ruzbeh first stepped into the company, which has an enormous revenue turnout of 16.7 billion in 2007. He was given the acclaimed position of Executive Vice President in Corporate Strategy, and responsible for monitoring and strategy formulation. He then became the Chief Brand Officer in 2009, and brought about excellent strategies to build the company’s framework.

Ruzbeh has been powered with pioneering operations with Mahindra and Mahindra. Now lets us go through his education background and the backbone behind his eminent status. He did his bachelor’s in Commerce from Bombay University, and completed his masters from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. His major was Management Studies. He is also a product of the advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

The other inspiring achievements of Ruzbeh are he co led Mahindra Global Recruits program, and through this program Mahindra recruits Ivy League campuses on annual basis. He participated in the company’s MotoGP tournament and is the first Indian to participate in the two wheeled motorcycle category.

Mahindra has invested a fair deal in sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, and has emerged with powerful models highly recognized on Indian and overseas markets. Some of Mahindra’s phenomenal creations are XUV500, Xylo, Quanto, Bolero and Scorpio. The current SUV market in India has witnessed a sudden influx of modern SUV’s such as Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport. Despite the sudden surge in SUV number, Mahindra SUV’s are not forgotten easily. The latest automobile ratings reveal Bolero and Scorpio to be the best selling SUV’s in India, overpowering the dominant stature of India’s most awarded model Renault Duster. Mahindra products are popular in US and South Africa and many more regions.

Mahindra has a sound communication network indeed, evident with its string of spectacular SUV hits, and Ruzbeh seems to have managed the financial segment of the company effectively and his spectacular skills will be visible in his role as Chief Group Communications and Ethics Officer.

Mahindra’s upcoming SUV product is S101 all set to fight the cut-throat battle with Ford Ecosport. It will be interesting to learn if Mahindra’s S101 will beat the popularity charts of Ford Ecosport. Years from now Mahindra’s SUV’s might still be hard to beat.

Mahindra busy developing two compact SUV and one compact MPV models

The Indian home grown car giant, Mahindra & Mahindra is already known to be busy working on a whole host of new projects that includes new platforms, cars and family of new engines in both petrol and diesel. A part of this mammoth task includes the development of two upcoming new compact SUV models as well as a new compact MPV.

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Mahindra had also revealed that the new work is being done in collaboration with its South Korean subsidiary SsangYong. One of these two new compact SUVs is the much spied codenamed model S101, while the other has been codenamed as the S102. Now, as per the recent reports, while the S101 will be sub-4 meter compact SUV and will take on the very successful Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha, the S102 will be a more up-market vehicle and will take on the other set of successful compact SUVs such as the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the other upcoming products of the like. Interestingly, both the compact SUVs from Mahindra are expected to come as five seater vehicles.

Further reports say that the upcoming S101 is being developed on an entirely new monocoque vehicle platform, and the same platform will be utilized to build the more premium S102 as well but of course in a modified way and with extra goodies. Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to price the S101 very aggressively, thus it has to be a sub-4 meter vehicle to avail the excise duty benefits offered to such cars. On the other hand, the S102 is expected to be a bit over the 4 meter length in order to be pitched in the larger compact SUVs like the Terrano and Duster.

As far as the powertrains are concerned, both the compact SUVs might be packing in the same 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder engine which powers the Quanto. Nevertheless, the engine is very much expected be receive good amount of tuning, so as to refine its performance and also improve ride and handling.

There are buzz even about a third compact SUV codenamed the S103, but that is probably a long way away even if it is on the cards of Mahindra.

The Indian car major is definitely busy developing a compact MPV as well, but there are barely any information about this upcoming Mahindra product. It is thought that Mahindra is going to make the compact MPV share the platform as well as some components with the compact SUV counterparts.

Mahindra is also developing a new compact turbocharged direct injection 1 liter petrol engine that may make its way under the hoods of the new compact SUVs. This new petrol engine will deliver high power and enhanced mileage. This turbocharged petrol motor is Mahindra’s response to Ford’s hugely acclaimed 1 liter EcoBoost petrol mill.

While there’s still time for these new products to hit the market, Mahindra is preparing its next-gen Scorpio that will be more premium and dashing.