Category: Mahindra

Mahindra S101 five-seater SUV to launch next year

Indian carmaker Mahindra and Mahindra which is a market leader in making sports utility vehicles in India, is now developing a new compact sports utility vehicle which will be ready for production by 2016. The firm has announced that its research engineers are developing three platforms on which future products will be constructed with varied body types. A compact SUV codenamed S101 is being tested which is a sub-4 meter compact passenger SUV smaller in size and price than its Scorpio. Sources within the firm have stated that this new compact car will be designed on the lines of its popular XUV500 and will be a mass market product.

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Though several spy shots of the S101’s test model have appeared on automobile sites, Mahindra has not finalized on launch design therefore is not making a formal announcement about launch of this product. This S101 will be placed between Scorpio and XUV500 and will compete against Ford’s Ecosport which is most popular car in this segment. If one looks carefully at the spyshots appearing on websites it is obvious that important body parts like taillights and rear bumper were missing on this test vehicle so Mahindra is likely to take time in finalizing complete model before release. It appears as if the upper body is just for test purpose and its engineers were trying actually testing its engine power, suspension and chassis strength.

Mahindra has recently stated that like its compatriot Tata Motors, its engineers are also working on developing a new range of petrol engines which will be used on its future products. This family of petrol engines will be in the range of three and four cylinder with 1.2 – 3 liter capacities. Besides the S101, Mahindra’s engineers are also working on a new platform based on SsangYong’s X100 so that it can develop a compact version of that car which will be codenamed S102. Since this new car will be slotted below Scorpio it could be priced in range of 5 – 6 lakhs similar to most mid range vehicles in this range. The S101 will be built on monocoque frame which is being regularly used for developing compact models of sedans and SUV’s due to better stability and balance.

From the outline of S101 spotted testing on Indian roads it is obvious that its frame is sleek with backward sweeping roof and prominent nose. Its rear door mounted spare tyre gives it an adventure car appearance and sources inside Mahindra have stated that though it is a compact vehicle the S101 will be able to seat 5 – 6 passengers. Since the firm is developing a new family of petrol engines the Mahindra 101 is likely to be presented with both diesel and petrol engine options. To increase performance and speed Mahindra will be empowering both diesel and petrol engines with six speed automatic gearbox and turbochargers. To create sufficient leg space for 5 – 6 passengers the designers are likely to remove central console and move gear controls ahead. Since there is fierce competition in this segment for fuel efficiency with Renault Duster showing highest at 20 kmpl, it will be interesting to see performance of Mahindra’s S101 model.

Mahindra to introduce 3 new platforms by 2017

Indian automaker Mahindra which like its counterparts Tata Motors and Force One has had a rough time during past couple of years with local demand and also exports. To increase its portfolio of products which can also help them extend customer base Mahindra and Mahindra has decided to develop three new vehicle platforms which will be used to develop vehicles in the next few years.  These three platforms which will be finalized within next three to four years are being developed at Mahindra’s research and development division in Chennai. These platforms will comprise of one for sports utility vehicle another for light commercial vehicles and a third for compact sports utility vehicles.

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Besides developing a taste for luxury vehicles, Indian markets are also witnessing an emerging demand trend for compact vehicles and both local and international manufacturers are rushing to meet this demand with a slew of new vehicles. Besides announcement of this platform Mahindra will also showcase a hybrid version of its popular utility vehicle XUV500 which is presently under development and will be ready for delivery towards end of 2015. During announcement of this hybrid the firm’s executive director cum president stated that since Mahindra’s product expertise is strongest in large utility vehicles it will not concentrate its energies in making compact utility vehicles now.

The demand for compact vehicles both in sedan and sports utility segment has increased rapidly in past 18 months prompting small and large manufactures to venture into it.  Mahindra has already developed a compact model of its XUV500 which was displayed in Auto Expo 2014 and will concentrate on making varied designs in compact category in future. After finalizing its SUV platform Mahindra will develop a new product over it which will be launched by early part of 2015. To meet rapidly changing demands of customers and technological upgrades which are being implemented in vehicles of today, Mahindra is setting up a modern research center in Detroit with a team of 25 engineers to develop two of the four platforms.

A permanent platform will help the firm’s engineers develop products with varied body structures on one platform which will save costs in future. The firm’s spokesperson also announced that Mahindra will be investing around 1000 crores in development of each platform therefore its research and development wing will require around 10000 crores during next three years to create new platforms and manufacture concepts over them. Its hybrid concept which is being developed for XUV500 is with combined partnership of Mahindra with Bosch and Samsung and has completed around two years of research therefore will be released by 2015 to meet growing demand for pollution free vehicles.

Mahindra and Mahindra is depicting itself as a progressive automaker during the latest Auto Expo by showcasing a wide spectrum of products from passenger vehicles using conventional fuel like petrol and diesel along with concept battery powered cars and hybrid cars. In keeping with this trend Mahindra is also displaying Formula E racing car which will be held in India next year along with electrical plugin variant of its Verito sedan car.

Mahindra plans new mass-market SUV; eyes lowest-price slot

Homegrown automaker Mahindra & Mahindra has tasted immense success with its models like XUV 500 and the Scorpio SUV. Now, reports have leaked that the carmaker has its hands full with a mass-market SUV and it intends to slot this new SUV  as the lowest ever priced car in this particular segment.

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The automobile major is working presently on 2 or 3 different platforms for this upcoming SUV and it will be likely be launching this new mass-market SUV by the year 2015 and price it even lesser than the Scorpio SUV and this was confirmed by Pawan Goenka, a senior executive at Mahindra & Mahindra. Pawan Goenka is the President and executive director 0 Automotive and Farm Equipment at Mahindra and Mahindra. He made the statement at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The Mahindra brand is a 17 billion dollars worth multinational major that employs more than 185,000 people in more than 100 countries. It is one of the leading players in vehicle business with its flagship venture, Mahindra and Mahindra. Additionally, it also has a strong presence in different sectors which include defence, aerospace, technology, hospitality, financial services, real estate and retail industry.

Goenka added that Mahindra’s journey right from when it introduced Scorpio in the market has been an inspiring one. He added that the carmaker has extended its threshold to expand its presence in mass market with respect to price points. Goenka is popularly called as the founder of Scorpio, an immensely popular SUV by the domestic auto major. When enquired about what next can be expected from Mahindra and Mahindra in the fast-growing Sports Utility Vehicle segment, Goenka added that the company started to sell Scorpio at a price of Rs. 6 lakhs and during that time, there was no other mass market SUV sold at a price of Rs 6 lakhs.

Goenka added that they repeated a similar feat when they introduced the XUV in the market at a price of Rs. 12 lakhs. Even during that time, there was no single mass market vehicle being sold at Rs. 12 lakhs in this segment. However, Goenka claimed that it is highly unlikely to go beyond a Rs 12 lakhs price point in the Indian market. He added that there has been a drastic change in division of SUV business. The sub-four meter smaller car segment may be dominated by petrol cars but SUVs have suddenly become a lot more popular. Goenka was of the opinion that the next major step for the carmaker would not ideally be to move to  something bigger than XUV or Scorpio which is something more premium or bigger, but to reinvent their offerings to take full advantage of this new and fast-growing division of sub –four meter cars, essentially five-seater passenger cars.

Goenka also added that Mahindra group has registered robust grown in international markets as well and at the same time, maintained its growth rate in India and this also was affirmed by Indian leaders at the WEF summit held at Davos in Switzerland.

Mahindra Verito 1.6 – An upgrade version is expected at 2014 Auto Expo

One more amazing product by Mahindra is its Verito 1.6 Petrol, which is best known for its better fuel economy and a cosmetic upgrade. Mahindra Verito is a sedan with an affordable price and innovative technology and loaded with set of advanced features. The Verito is available in two types of engines 1.4L and 1.5L. Both the diesel and petrol version of Mahindra Verito are mated with 5 speed manual transmission. The 1.4L of petrol engine is so powerful that it delivers the mileage of 11.3kmpl inside the city and 15.7kmpl on the highways.

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With decent power delivering capacity, the drivability of the car is appreciated. The power of the car doesn’t look great but it actually performs well when on roads. The Mahindra Verito is available in Mist silver, Rocky Beige, Blue, Fiery Black, Brown, Red, Grey and White.

The Mahindra Verito has got attractive exteriors; the new upgrades given to the car are standard. The chrome plated grille has the prominent Mahindra logo on it which looks attractive and gives a premium look. The headlamps are huge and radiant and eyebrow shaped and looks pretty. The front bumper is of body color and is fixed with few fog lamps to enhance the visibility for the driver. The side profile of the car is impressive with ten spoke alloy wheels which add more style to the looks. The tubeless tyres offer more grip on the roads. The rear view mirrors are body colored makes it look lively. The handles are body colored too and adds life to it. The indicators, reverse lights and high mounted stop lamps are properly fitted. The dimensions of the Verito are 4277 x 1740 x 1540 mm and wheel base is of 2630mm. The boot space offered in the car is of 510 liters which can take quite a few bags and fuel tank capacity is of 50 liters. The liberal space provided inside the Verito comforts passengers very well.

The interiors of the Verito has been improved and made classy with few remarkable changes. The two toned smart dashboard is brilliant and amazing instrument panel looks great. The seating arrangement of the car is very spacious and comfortable for 5 passengers. The fabric used for seats is of premium leather and comes with several options. The wide rear seats offer too much comfort to the passengers so that they can travel for long hours. The instrument panel has got sufficient storage space which comes in centre console. The sun visors, mobile holder, silver colored outer rings and air conditioning system with ergonomic controls are also given. The luggage compartment given in the car is very convenient and spacious. Also, there are other storage places such as bottle holders, ashtrays and much more in high end models to offer comfort to the passengers. The music system, speakers, CD player, USB connectivity and FM radio is given inside for entertainment.

The Mahindra Verito’s braking system is effective and advanced with ABS along with EBD to get a control over car on higher speeds. The disc and drum brakes being standard ones helps very well in handling.

Scorpio Facelift decorated with pride with rear LED tail lights

Mahindra has taken the sport utility vehicle by storm, and one of the highlights of its premium creations is the Scorpio. The car was launched over ten years ago, and Mahindra has sold over four lakh pieces of the car. News of Mahindra launching its new Scorpio facelift project is red hot. The facelift Scorpio has been spotted several times by car enthusiasts in spy form, and the car will be on display at the prestigious 2014 Auto expo scheduled for Feb.

2014 Mahindra Scorpio Facelift in Pune

The Scorpio Facelift has been in the limelight for quite a while and the car was captured several times in camouflaged state. The car has done the appearing and disappearing act several times, first in Pune and then Coimbatore. The car has been captured again by car buffs, and this time an interesting feature has been spotted. The undiscovered characteristic is closely linked to how the car would appear during pitch dark periods. Images of the LED tail light cluster have been spotted and the car will cost Rs 8.3 to 13 lakhs.

Mahindra has engineered the Scorpio facelift with unique identities, which would make the model stand out from its predecessors. The car will have newly structured head lights and front grille. Mahindra has used a brand new bumper design for the front, and this bumper will have huge air inlets.

The exteriors of Mahindra has a different demeanor of its own, the insides will have its own originality as well. The interior style theme is inspired by the grandness of Mahindra’s world class creation XUV500. Some of the unique interior characteristics are a best-in-class infotainment devise, premium glossy dashboard, neatly sculpted rectangular shaped air con vents, and the up market effect is transformed to steering wheel and center console as well.

Mahindra is a pioneer in auto engine technology evident by the power of its SUV’s to maneuver on super rough terrains with ease. The Scorpio is a common product in some of the strenuous adventurous events conducted by Mahindra like Great Escape. Customers can expect to encounter a powerful drive in Scorpio facelift which will run on a potent diesel turbo 2.2 liter engine that will pump out 290Nm and 120 bhp. The engine will be mated to six speed automatic transmission gearbox.

The Scorpio facelift is in the most awaited new launch list, the publicity levels for the car months before launch are knee deep. Car enthusiasts have emerged with interesting details like the fitment of LED tail light clusters, and the arrangement can be compared to the crib decoration of Christmas tree.

Mahindra has injected the new Scorpio facelift with interesting details, the basic design of the car is retained, but there will be new exteriors and posh XUV500 inspired interiors. Ardent Scorpio fans can look forward to the Scorpio facelift, which will sport the Scorpio SUV in a different style, it is like the car is draped with a new style statement, with the old structure kept like the original.

Scorpio has been a stiff competitor for the current lineup of SUV’s; the car is garnished with a traditional SUV material. SUV fans have not forgotten about conventional SUV makes despite the constant influx of highly modernized SUV’s over the past two years.

Mahindra‘s electric launches for 2014 Auto expo with Formula E car, XUV500 electric, new e20, Verito electric and Reva

Mahindra has some interesting products on display at the 2014 auto expo, and the most moving part is all the upcoming models are electric. Mahindra car fans can view a list of innovative models at the upcoming auto expo. The company has explored depths of new eco-friendly vehicle technologies; the launch of Reva has stunned auto makers all over the world.

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue body color

Electric and hybrid vehicles are the latest hot research topics, many auto companies and labs are working day and night to emerge with newer eco –friendly car techniques. The pollution levels all over the world have risen to undesirable levels, and the health of pedestrians is at stake. The vehicular traffic scenario in India is hectic and there are vehicles which emit huge amounts of smoke. Mahindra’s aim to showcase its electric line is a trigger to educate the public on the importance of eco-friendly cars.

The main cause for increase in pollution is the rapid industrialization that has taken place over the years. Deforestation has become a common phenomenon has global warming has set in. The effect is pretty visible today where winter temperatures in some nations have dipped to peak negatives. If Mahindra’s electric lineup is pushed in Indian and international markets, it will have positive consequences on rapidly changing environment.

Mahindra’s electrical series for 2014 Auto expo goes like this, the Formula racing E car, the Verito electric, Maxximo electric truck and Verito electric. The Formula E race car will be driven in FIA race scheduled for 2014 September. The new e20 is an updated version of the car launched sometime in March 2013, but the response till today has not been all that powerful. The new car will have lithium batteries which are more powerful and the charge time will be reduced, and this might be a trigger to push the sales of e20. Those who are curious about the new e20 the launch date is post the auto expo.

Another interesting launch to look forward to is Verito electric sedan, the scheduled launch date is end of 2014. The design and marketing structure of electric Verito will be similar to the existing model, but the engine costs will be more reasonable than the current version. The reason for the car to launch end of 2014 is because of the decision of Indian government to introduce subsidies on electric models.

News about the new launches at 2014 Auto expo has excited the public to no end; the products on display are different and unique. Most auto firms have emerged with unique products for 2014. Some of the variations from the usual are Honda Mobilio MPV, Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha SUV and Maruti Suzuki Celerio hatch. Not much was written about Mahindra’s new products earlier, but out of the blue the company has arrived with innovative pieces, a line of electric makes of Formula E car, XUV500, e20 and Verito electric.

It would be interesting to observe a bulk of Mahindra’s electric vehicles, and may be in the near future every second vehicle would be an electric make.

Mani Iyer the President of Mahindra US is happy with his work environment and American culture

Mahindra and Mahindra is an eminent Indian auto brand, and has mushroomed into a major global player. Mahindra has a strong profit base in robust auto markets of South Africa and USA. Mahindra US has evolved into a major auto sector, and its tractor business is known to be among the best in the world.

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An Indian Mani Iyer was given a job with wholly owned US segment of Mahindra, and he has spoken about his experience in the country. It was in 1998 that he got a job offer in Mahindra US and the factory is based in Houston city of Texas. The job on offer was the role of Quality manager, and the main role was to supervise on issues related to product quality and different plants in production.

Eleven years down the line in 2005, the firm received a top five rating in tractor segment. The person was vested with the prestigious President of North America role in 2009, and this was when the Great Depression or recession came to force, and the market crashed by about 40%, its peak since 2004. The person described the year 2009 to be the toughest and Great Depression played spoiler to the company hitting the top three spot in tractor segment. Mani Iyer described America as a friendly nation open to various cultures, and the diversity was greatly welcomed, and immigrants began to encounter homely vibes.

The employee figure in Mahindra US is phenomenal with over 89%, the business environment in America is aggressive and the firms in the country focus on impressive short term result gains. The scenario is different to India where the main focus is on long term results, and the risk encountered is minimal.

The work culture in America is healthy; the American population is extremely dedicated and hard working. They leave to work at peak morning hours, it is important for employees to reach the work force on time. It is essential for working professionals to reach meeting spots on time and even come well prepared for meetings. This way employee will pay attention to every work detail and also follow strict protocols. A strict work regime will enable employees to take on challenging task and is an attractive medium to climb the corporate ladder.

The work environment in America is a calm and friendly one, employees engage in good humor and laughter to bond with colleagues. According to the person the situation is different from work environments in other parts of the globe.

Moving to another country is an exciting feel, but it is also worrying to step onto foreign soil. America is three times bigger than India, but even under circumstances of loneliness, there are opportunities to quickly bond with people since the American society is very welcoming. An important point to note is it is not too polite to impose on neighbors.

Mahindra is indeed an established home grown auto segment with branches in many parts of the globe. The company has churned numerous opportunities for Indians in many global segments.

Mahindra preparing to launch country’s first electric sedan

Mahindra REVA Electric Vehicles, a part of the Indian Industrial giant Mahindra Group is all geared up to make it big in the Indian car market with exciting new launches. For the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo, while Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to showcase few of its upcoming cars, the show stoppers of the company will actually come from the Mahindra Reva’s side. With a slew of new electric vehicles loaded with new technology, Mahindra is all set to have a show at the event which will be set apart from the other auto makers in India.

Mahindra Verito Electric

After the huge consumer interest and experts appreciation of the all electric 4seater passenger car E2O, Mahindra Reva is now geared up to launch the first electric sedan of the country. The company will also launch a diesel-electric hybrid variant of its premium SUV XUV500. Moreover, Mahindra is also planning for a first time ever electric sports car, the concept of which will also be on display at the Auto Expo.

Mahindra Reva’s CEO, Mr. Chetan Maini told the media personals that at the auto expo that is going to be held early next month, the company will showcase some of its new electric vehicles as well as one hybrid XUV500 version. He also confirmed that the company is ready with the production version of these models and most of these can be launched in India within one year’s time, though the company is waiting for the government subsidy.

Maini regretted the fact that in India the electric market has not progressed. The company missed its target as the market slumped and the government subsidies never actually materialized.

As for the new car unveiling at the Expo, he said that the electric variant of the popular Mahindra Verito sedan, Maxximo pickup truck as well as an electric sports car concept will be unveiled at the event. Moreover, the company will also showcase its newly developed Formula E electric race cars prototype model, while the hybrid version of fast selling XUV500 will also be unveiled for the very first time.

Maini further said that probably for the first time, the electric vehicles have performed great in the global market which has increased the company’s confidence.

He said that the Verito has not lost any of its great features to suit the electric specifications. Every aspect of the sedan including its great boot space will be similar in its electric variant. He added that the company is looking to launch the new Verito electric later this year.

The Mahindra Formula E electric vehicle will participate in the Formula E global race that will be held across 10 cities of the world. He said that these cars feature great performance and fast pickup.

Thus, the Mahindra Reva is thus all prepared with a huge range of great innovative electric cars for the Indian car market in a bid to make the Indian populace aware of the great benefits of the green cars that has taken over the globe.

Mahindra & Mahindra plans an extensive display of electric cars at the Auto Expo

Mahindra is all for the electric vehicles and believes that it is the real need considering the environmental conditions of India. The Indian car major is thus trying hard to promote the electric vehicles and this will also be the company’s focus at the upcoming 2014 Indian Auto Expo that is going to be held next week. After launching the compact 4 seater all electric E2O hatchback in India last year, Mahindra Reva is all geared up to launch more cars in the domestic car market, given it gets some help from the government.  Mahindra & Mahindra’s exhibit lineup for the upcoming Auto Expo will include its newly developed Formula E car along with a very innovative electric sports car concept.

Mahindra Reva E2O

The Indian automotive major is all geared up to showcase its next generation electric vehicle technology that is being readied up for the mass market in the near future and is expected to be used in a wide range of new electric cars from the company.

Chetan Maini, the Founder and CEO of Mahindra Reva, a part of Mahindra Group, told the media personals that the company has been working very hard on a next generation electric vehicle technology and the same will be displayed in five of the company’s products that will be showcased at the Auto Expo.

Chetan Maini said the company is focusing on perky, high performance technologies that have already tasted success in developed car markets such as the US and Europe.

Mahindra & Mahindra will be displaying many cars at the Auto Expo, a lot of which will be electric cars and concepts. Amongst these one of the key attraction will be Mahindra’s newly developed fully electric Race car that will take part in the upcoming inaugural world Formula E Championship, which is a race for the all electric cars and is going to take place later this year.

Maini added by saying that the company is aiming to absorb technological advancements and in-depth knowledge of the electric vehicles from the race championships such as the Formula E and then utilize the same for commercial usage. The company is hoping that in the coming few years’ time there will be a huge advancement in the electric vehicle technology.

Other centre of attraction from the house of Mahindra will be an electric sports car concept as well as a new version of the e2o electric passenger car that is equipped with enhanced and innovative charging technology which helps in reducing the charging time. He added that this e2o variant will be immediately offered in the market for sale.

He further said that the company will also be displaying the electric version of the popular Mahindra Verito sedan as well as the Maxximo light commercial vehicle. These are expected to be ready for market launch by the end of this year.

He concluded that in order to boost sales of its electric cars, Mahindra Reva plans to bring new financing schemes for the consumers’ convenience.

SUV under 12 lakhs in India

Homegrown automobile major, Mahindra and Mahindra recently launched the base variant of its hot –selling SUV, XUV500 at an introductory price of Rs. 10.95 lakhs. With such a mouth –watering price tag, the base variant of the XUV 500 becomes one of the most appealing cars in this segment in the Indian market.

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This new entry level variant of the XUV500 is called as W4. It is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel oil burner that generates a maximum power output of 140 bhp and comes mated to a 6-speed transmission system. The present XUV500 is sold at a price range of Rs. 12 lakhs to Rs. 14. 64 lakhs.

In the looks and appearance department, the W4 trim of Mahindra XUV 500 is almost the same as the existing variants in the XUV 500 model series. The auto major also offers some exciting interior and exterior features to the W4 variant which include projector headlamps equipped with LED daytime running lights, premium interiors with dual tone color scheme, dual zone air-conditioner along with heater, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, power adjustable outside rear view mirrors, dual air bags apart from several other features.

Engine and Performance

The W4 variant of the Mahindra XUV 500 is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel powertrain that is integrated with a 5th generation Variable Geometry Turbocharger. This oil burner comes with 16 valves and 4 cylinders and features 2179 engine displacement capacity. This enables the engine to produce immense power output of 140 bhp revving at 3750 rpm and churns a peak torque of 330 NM revving between 1600 to 2800 rpm. The engine comes mated with a 6-speed synchromesh manual transmission gearbox system that provides immense power to the car’s front wheels and delivers an impressive fuel economy while delivering equally impressive on-road performance. s

Exteriors

The Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant is quite similar looking as the present variants in this model line-up. Mahindra Auto retains the projector headlights apart from the LED daytime running lights that pronounce the trendy appeal of the car’s front profile. The headlight cluster surrounds Mahindra’s standard radiator grille which comes adorned with a chrome embellished company badge. On the car’s front profile, one can easily notice immense perforation that adds to the rugged style and also enhances the air intake. The front bumper of the car comes  in body color and is equipped with protective cladding right beneath it. Overall, the front profile of the XUV500 W4 looks quite brawny and aggressive. On the side profile, the wheel arches are beautifully curved with an arresting design.  The wheel arches come fitted with standard steel wheels that are enclosed further with full wheel caps.

Safety

In the safety department, the Mahindra XUV500 W4 gets some key safety features and functions assuring complete safety of all its occupants. These include anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake-force distribution system, dual front air bags for passenger and driver, crumple zone for crash protection, side impact beams and many more.