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New PM of India prefers special Mahindra Scorpio over luxury car

The change of ruling party in the Indian government might also bring about a change in the vehicle of the most powerful person in India right now. The new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for his personal particular preferences, and has reportedly expressed his preference for the trusted convoy of the special armored Mahindra Scorpios that he used in his campaigning days.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

According to a senior leader, who is closely associated with Mr. Modi said that Modiji had used armored Scorpio vehicles during his campaigns all over the country and also used the trusted convoy as the chief minister of Gujarat as well. He trusts the vehicle so much that he wishes to retain the vehicles at his office at 7 Race Course Road as well. His wish however, is subject to approval from the Special Protection Group (SPG) that will ensure his security.

Ever since the year 2003, the Prime Minister of India has been endowed with an armored BMW 7 series guarded by a convoy of other armored BMWX5 SUV vehicles that are manned by the SPG, the security group in-charge for all high designation administrators in India. Earlier, the now so unassuming Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador did the duty for the most powerful people in India, but the SPG took it on itself to strengthen the security in the light of heightened threats. This ensured the German luxury car BMW to become the new symbol of VVIP convoys. The reinforced BMW vehicles are preferred any other heads of states across the world. The current Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee is driven around an armored Mercedes S Class, another highly accomplished luxury car.

However, Narendra Modi prefers the Indian Mahindra Scorpio and likes high seating position that offers him a superior view of the road ahead. He is also prefers to sit next to the driver and not at the back.

The armored BMW 7 series is a highly sophisticated powerful vehicle that can withstand terror attacks. Though the exact specifications and security equipped in the car are not disclosed, the custom-made armored vehicle uses smart lightweight and sturdy materials that cater to the highest safety requirements and yet little weight.

Some of the features of this highly safe vehicle include capabilities to run on flat tyres, attack alarm, self-sealing fuel tank, an intercom system to communicate with the outside world; it can withstand attacks from hand grenades, pistols or rifle fires including and even latest chemical weapons. The vehicle is also equipped with an emergency oxygen cylinder.

Mahindra and Mahindra is the country’s largest supplier of special armored vehicles. The company said that it is capable of converting the Scorpios as per SPG’s requirements. It added that the special vehicles would be delivered within 12-14 weeks after SPG’s approval.

Mahindra’s ED and president of automotive & farm equipment divisions, Dr. Pawan Goenka said that if Mr Modi chooses to continue with the armored Scorpios, then it will be a matter of pride and honor for the company.

Mahindra preparing to launch the XUV500 Sportz Special Edition model

India bred auto major, Mahindra & Mahindra had revealed some time back that the company is readying a special edition model of its hot selling XUV500 premium SUV pretty soon. The special edition model of the popular XUV500 will be launched in the domestic car market to keep the consumers engaged until the refreshed new model makes way in India. According to the sources close to the development the special edition model of the XUV500 which is called ‘Sportz’ will be based on the high-end variant W8 of the XUV500 and will flaunt some interesting cosmetic upgrades. As this will be special edition model, the changes or additions made to the vehicle will be limited to the cosmetic level only and it will also appear similar to the standard model with no design revision as well.

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue body color

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue

As far as the exterior visual appeal is concerned, the special edition Sportz XUV500 is expected to flaunt some additional and attractive new body graphics in order to mark it as a special edition model and to distinguish it from the regular model. Though not many details are available on this upcoming special edition model other small but trendy additions are also likely to make their way in the XUV500 Sportz exterior in order to make it more appealing and premium. The Sportz logo will surely be flaunted at the rear of the car to make it stand out from the regular model.

On the inside as well, Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to endow new even more stylish and premium upholstery to make the vehicle even more special from the inside as well. The Sportz logo might be featured on the car seat covers as well. As the W8 variant of the XUV500 is already fully packed with world class premium equipments, the special edition model is not expected to add to the list, however some subtle changes in the feature front could be made as well.

Under the hood, the Mahindra XUV500 Sportz edition will not get any sort of alteration and being a special edition model will offer the exactly same specifications as the other variants in the XUV500 range. Thus, it will be powered by the same 2.2 liter powerful mHawk diesel mill. This vigorous engine generates a max power of 140 Bhp and a pea torque of 330 Nm. The engine will be mated to the usual 6 speed manual transmission gearbox.

According to the sources close to the production development of Mahindra & Mahindra, the special edition model of the XUV500 is almost ready and could be soon launched in the domestic car market. Recently, Mahindra & Mahindra is facing a lot of low demand issues due to the market slump and the excise duty reduction also could not come to its rescue. Mahindra is currently busy working on a number of new upcoming launches, while several refreshed models of the existing products are also on the way including that of the XUV500 and the Scorpio.

Mahindra keen to invest $684 million into its new factory

Mahindra and Mahindra, an acclaimed Indian auto manufacturer, is keen to invest $684 million into its new plant which in Indian currency is 40 billion rupees. The president of the automotive and farm equipment sector of Mahindra, Pawan Goenka said, ‘’the goal with new plant is to manufacture 400,000 vehicles every year. We will shortly announce our development plans on the plant. We were keen to develop this plant for a while; the process was delayed because of slowdown in auto sector. ‘’

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

Mahindra is working on series of new projects, the manufacture procedure will commence in a year’s time. The main equipment required to run the unit is a new factory, and that is what the company is working on at the moment. Goenka said that the company has another option, which is to expand its established Chakan unit in western India.

Mahindra is among the first to explore the (SUV) Sport Utility Vehicle segment, and is at present the biggest SUV manufacturer in the country. The firm is keen to invest massive 100 billion rupees three years from now, to strengthen its research capacity and also enhance production.

The auto market in India has slowed down considerably in the past year, the sale output of Mahindra and many other esteemed firms have dipped. Car makers are hopeful that the newly formed government will work in favour of admirable sale growths.

Auto firms have been struggling with sales for the past couple of years; there were not many buyers for cars, due to hindrances caused by the weakened car market economy. Fuel and commodity prices have shot up, inflation rates hit an all time high of about 8%, interest and currency exchange rates have peaked up.

Companies believe that the Narendra Modi’s new government is a trigger to push profits. They are of the firm belief that the government will formulate major economic reforms to drive growth amidst the worst economic downslide since 1980s. On the formation of new government and hope for future growths, Goenka said, ‘’it is a sight of hope to the business sector, and we are confident with the forthcoming policies fragmented by the new Government. ‘’The other vision to achieve expected growths is the appreciation of Indian rupee against the dollar, 1$ is now 58.5 Rs.

The initiative of Mahindra to invest $684 million into its new factory is a good move to expand its current line up of vehicles. The company for years has been a power house in SUV segment with products like Scorpio, XUV500, Bolero and many others. The set up of new unit will enable the company to reap higher profits centred on increase in value of Indian rupee, which is a silver lining to higher business outcomes.

Auto companies are banking on new government under Narendra Modi’s regime to push sales. The auto market has slumped, with stagnating sale turnovers. Only time will tell if the new government is efficient enough to push business growth. A good governance along with Mahindra’s two upcoming products, new Scorpio facelift and S101, is a spark to push sales.

Mahindra Scorpio to make automatic variant only on demand

Scorpio sports utility vehicle, which is one of Mahindra and Mahindra’s most sought after models since it was first launched in 2002 is soon going to be launched with facelifted interiors and exteriors. Though the car’s test mule has been spotted testing several times since end of last year Mahindra has confirmed that it will be released only by 2015. The existing automatic version of Scorpio model which was being offered with top VLX variant has been discontinued due to lack of demand and price tag of 12 lakhs for 2WD and 13 lakhs for 4 WD options. But Mahindra’s spokesperson has assured its loyal customers that this automatic variant will be revived when new Mahindra Scorpio is launched in 2015. However it will not be mass manufactured as before and will be available only on special demand.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

The automatic gearbox kit for previous models were being soured from Drivetrain Systems International which are now outdated therefore the firm is sourcing existing six speed automatic gearboxes from Bosch which are produced locally. Mahindra is confident that new Scorpio model will help revive old glory and then its automatic model can be offered as an additional variant. However it will be manufactured only on demand to avoid losses of piled up inventory. Recently published pictures of the camouflaged Mahindra Scorpio show that its air-dam section on lower section of front bumper is spread across three sections to for better airflow. The radiator grille design remains unchanged with Mahindra logo and vertical body color slats giving it a distinct edge over others. New Mahindra Scorpio will continue with muscular wheel arches, large alloy wheels, curved rear profile and aggressive headlights design.

The top end variant has a simple glass antenna with just above rear windshield with single large automatic wiper cum defogger. To meet competition from the likes of Renault Duster and Ford Ecosport followed by Toyota Etios, Mahindra’s engineers will not make any drastic changes in overall model to retain its authenticity. Therefore fog lamps will remain as usual within neat enclosures in lower section of front and rear bumpers and headlights cluster will also be presented with new design. It is rumored that Mahindra is developing its automatic gearboxes in house in collaboration with Korean partner SsangYong therefore is making this precondition of automatic transmission Scorpio cars on demand as then it will be able to meet these requirements at a steady pace.

The new Mahindra Scorpio is expected to have rear AC vents and strong suspension with brake system of disk and drum brakes to reduce jerks at high speeds. It has also been fitted with aluminum side steppers and tinted rear windshield and rear windows to reduce sunlight glare. From spy pictures it is visible that new model is a speedster capable of driving at 150 kmph since it is fitted with Mahindra’s 2.6 liter mHawk diesel engine. This Mahindra will present this new Scorpio model with automatic gearbox option as a high end variant it will be a low emission vehicle so that it is a  truly world class product.

Face-lifted Mahindra XUV500 spotted testing

Mahindra and Mahindra, India’s top SUV manufacturer has aggressive plans of growth in domestic and international markets therefore is launching a new compact SUV and two facelifted versions of popular SUV models by end of this year to take on competition. The older version of XUV 500 was discontinued by Mahindra in 2013. Since it is a fairly popular model Mahindra is launching a new variant with improved features tentatively by 2014-15 as exact date or month has not been confirmed. Keeping in mind current excitement over automatic transmission cars in domestic markets, Mahindra will launch the revised XUV500 with AT gearbox like it has done in Algeria and South America. The XUV 500 vehicle spotted testing under camouflage is codenamed W216 and had “MD003-AW-Japan” written across its sides which stands for Japanese transmission gear manufacturer AISW AW therefore it is confirmed that latest version will have automatic transmission gear system.

mahindra xuv 500 rear red

According to a recent announcement by Mahindra officials the transmission box will be teamed up with six speed unit from same manufacturer which will also be used at a later stage by crossover vehicles being planned under partnership with SsangYong. The new XUV 500 will be powered by 2.2 liter mHawk diesel engine same as before which produces 140 bhp of power and torque of 320 Nm. In markets where diesel cars are not allowed the XUV 500 will be powered by 1.6 liter petrol engine with turbochargers for same output. The prominence of AT powered cars will grow in domestic markets as they provide better mileage.

Mahindra in partnership with its Korean subsidiary SsangYong is developing new products which will be launched between 2015 and 2018 and will be fitted with automatic gearboxes manufactured by its engineering division. Mahindra is confident that this new XUV 500 will recreate magic of its predecessors since its chassis is built on same moncoque frame and front profile is attractive with neatly etched out niches for headlights on sides of hood and radiator grille. The car’s front façade is likely to continue with Mahindra’s traditional design of honeycomb mesh below body colored frame called “cheetah’s paw” between high beam lights. Sporty and stylish interiors will be complimented with features like power windows, central locking system for all doors, child lock and backlight on instrument panel.

XUV 500 can comfortably seat seven people due to bench type seat layout in the rear which can be folded back to accommodate luggage if necessary. Its attractive 6 inch touchscreen has monochrome display to manage audio and navigational features. Though its air-conditioner has manual controls the four air-vents in front and rear side ensure that cooling effect is spread across all seats and passengers are comfortable. Inside the spacious cabin there is ambient lighting followed by cup holders and storage pockets behind seats. The audio system will be similar to previous model with CD changer and will also be compatible to external devices like MP3 and Bluetooth. The car’s suspension system will be managed by McPherson struts and torsion bar will braking safety will be provided by dual power of disk and drum brakes.

Mahindra is building a new four wheel platform in US

Mahindra is an eminent Indian based auto brand, for years the company has produced powerful and stylish SUV’s. The firm has been active in eco-car sector as well with the launch of e20 electric car. Mahindra’s premium stature has alerted international brands, and is working on S101 SUV with Ssangyong an acclaimed Korean based firm.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

Mahindra has earned a notable name, most of credit is inscribed in its SUV’s, and the company is working on the lines of becoming a top international brand by 2024. The firm has not only conquered Indian markets, but overseas segments as well; Mahindra vehicles are popular in South Africa, America and many other countries. The company has a flourishing unit in North America called North American Technical Centre (MNTAC) in Michigan. The unit was formed seven days ago. Engineers are working on new four wheel platform.

The new engine base is strategized for global segments; Mahindra has not said anything about the kind of vehicles used as the new four wheeler base. MNATC has a robust workforce with more than 40 engineers. The firm is appreciative of the established Mahindra Research Valley unit in Chennai that built Mahindra XUV500.

Mahindra is among the first firms in the country to emerge with powerful and stylish SUV’s. The company’s pioneering creations are XUV500, Scorpio, Xylo, Quanto and so on. The arch SUV rivalry has intensified like never before with the inflow of posh modern products like Volkswagen Taigun, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster. Mahindra vehicles are unique draped in traditional SUV materials that make these products killer pieces. Despite the influx of different range of pieces, majority of the public are still obsessed with Mahindra’s creations. Even today the demand for Scorpio is higher than Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.

The vision of Mahindra to construct a four wheel platform in US is a reflection of the power of the company. It will be interesting to observe the kind of products brought out from MNTAC. Mahindra models have always been thrillers. The company has two interesting upcoming launches in India, new Scorpio facelift and S101.

The new Scorpio facelift will come with tints of cosmetic modifications, to suit the demands of the immense competition; Mahindra has decided to dress the car with upmarket interiors inspired by XUV500. The car will have new front bumper, headlights and grille. The back portion will have new bumper, tail gate and tail lights. The mechanical fitments of the car are retained and will move on same diesel mHawk 2.2 litre engine that generates 120bhp.

The much awaited S101 has been on the spotlight for a long time in spy form, bits of features are unravelled. The characteristics of the car are complete tail gate, bumpers and headlights. On the rear is mounting bracket on which a spare wheel is fitted. The mechanical fitments of the car are 1,500 cc diesel engine and 1.2 litre petrol three litre engine. The expected launch date is sometime in 2015.

The current new line up of Mahindra vehicles are interesting beyond words, imagine the nature of models that pop out from MNTAC.

Camouflaged W216 XUV500 spotted

There is good news for Mahindra XUV500 fans; a camouflaged model of the car has been captured doing its spy rounds in India. The car is codenamed W216, and sources say that it might be a AT car, since Mahindra announced that it might launch automatic XUV500 in the begging of the year. Car enthusiasts have discovered the code name for disguised XUV500 model by the engraving on the shield on which the words W216 are neatly carved. The mystery does not stop here, the words MD003-AW Japan are neatly sketched out as well, which means Japanese transmission manufacturer and developer.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500

The automatic transmission unit will be attached to six speed gearbox that will arrive from Japanese unit as stated by Mahindra in February. The same transmission will be injected into an array of crossovers developed on joint partnership basis by Mahindra and Ssangyong. The mechanical fitments are the same as the earlier model with diesel mHawk 2.2 litre engine that churns 320Nm and 140bhp. The turbocharged petrol engine will move on 1.6 litre capacity via in-development process. The engine out from petrol power train will be the same as diesel car.

The current generation desires to own automatic vehicles, and Mahindra is keen to use automatic transmission technology in its future projects. The company is not known to use automatic gearboxes, and has used it in its new Quanto AT project.

Mahindra has yielded remarkable profits with XUV500 since its first arrival a few years ago. The car is engineered with advanced monocoque engineering frame. XUV500 looks sporty from the front with neatly sketched out headlights and grille. The design of the grille is an ideal replication of cheetah’s paw, which is the company’s source of inspiration to design the car.

The insides of the car is grand beyond words, seven occupants can tuck in with ease. The passenger compartment has bench type seats; the middle row seats are foldable. There is a posh 6 inch touchscreen with colour or monochrome display, the front dash has four air con vents. The steering has audio controls; the cushions are draped in fine leather upholstery. The fascinating part of interiors is the presence of background light to highlight door handles. There are ample storage spots such as cup holders, sunglass holder and tissue box.

XUV500 is packed with amazing interior features; a combination of sporty and stylish exteriors with marvellous and posh interiors makes the car extremely desirable. It will be interesting to observe the new W216 XUV500, and it might bring in similar moments of delight. Mahindra is working on new S101 SUV with Ssangyong which also has bits of XUV500 identities. Bits of the exteriors are similar to XUV500 and majority of the inspiration lies in the insides. The car is also referred to as XUV300.

W216XUV500 will surely be as stimulating as the original XUV500 car, car buffs can only dream of more magical features in the form of bigger touchscreen, royal upholstery and enriched décor. It is a thrilling new car to look forward to.

Mahindra considering exporting the XUV500 rebadged as a SsangYong vehicle

According to the reports, a new variant of the Mahindra XUV500 premium SUV has been spotted testing with the codename W216. The XUV500 that is already offered for sale in India originally had a codename of W201. This means that the spied test prototype model is a completely new variant.

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue body color

Mahindra XUV500 Artic Blue

The spy images that have recently splashed on the internet shows a vehicle that seems to be exactly the same vehicle as the current premium XUV500. Thus, the reason for its different codename suggesting it as a different vehicle could not be ascertained. As the exterior design of the vehicle seems to be all the same as the present XUV, it is thought that the car will have at least some changes under its hood.

As it is already known that the Indian car major is busy developing a new set of powertrains in collaboration with its South Korean subsidiary SsangYong Motor, this new variant of the XUV500 could be packing in one of those newly developed engines in both petrol and diesel.

However, the question remains as whether Mahindra & Mahindra is working on this new variant of the very popular XUV500 for the Indian car market or for the international market? Both the speculations are very much possible. The XUV is a fast seller in India and a new variant can very well boost its sales. On the other hand, there is a mention of the AW Japan on this spied test prototype, which could also mean that Mahindra is actually testing this new variant of the XUV500 for the Japanese car market.

Mahindra & Mahindra had first launched the present XUV500 premium SUV in the month of September, 2011 ever since which it has been a massive hit and has managed to charm the Indian audience. The XUV500 with its extravagant styling, mammoth space, long list of premium features and very affordable pricing as compared to other premium SUVs accounted for its instant success. In fact, there was such a heavy downpour of booking post its market launch in India that Mahindra had to come up with a lottery system to allot deliveries of the vehicle. However, soon after customers complained of certain glitches in the vehicle. Mahindra launched the new XUV500 in 2013 correcting most of these issues along with a new body color option.

Mahindra & Mahindra had been very clear right at the time of launch of the XUV500 and emphasized it is a global product and the company has kept its word. The Mahindra XUV500 is now in offer for sale in the European as well as African car markets, and is especially popular in the South African market. Thus it is very much possible that the new spied XUV500 variant is being tested for the Japanese car market.

As Mahindra & Mahindra does not its footprint in the Japanese market, it might also utilize the SsangYong nameplate to launch the new XUV500 in that market.

Mahindra & Mahindra will follow no production days this month

The Indian car market is certainly not offering enough demands for all the automakers and is still much under the effect of the slowdown. While few car makers such as Honda India might be on cloud nine owing to high demands for its new launches, most of the other car makers of India are still facing low demands and lack luster sales. Indian auto major and SUV leader Mahindra & Mahindra belongs to this less fortunate group of car makers.

2014 Mahindra Wild Escape first edition

2014 Mahindra Wild Escape first edition

Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that it will follow no production days for three days at its car plants in India during whatever is left of the of this current month of May. This production shutdown is primarily owing to the lack of demand that is witnessed in this time period, and the company could not help but resort to the temporary production suspension. This production halt will allow the Indian car major to realign its production as per the demand of the market and also reduce the inventory buildup. The company statement also mentioned that this production slash is meant for only Mahindra & Mahindra passenger car plants and not Mahindra Reva. The Mahindra Reva electric car company will be unaffected by this production suspension.

This is not the first time that Mahindra & Mahindra is following production cuts in order to align its production outputs as per the market demands. The Indian car major followed this strategy in the last year as well as the year 2013 was most hit by the auto market slowdown.

Mahindra has confirmed the production cut in its official statement by saying that this process is a part of aligning its production with sales needs. Mahindra & Mahindra will be following no production days at the company’s manufacturing facilities for up to three days during the remaining time period in the month of May, 2014.

The statement further said that the company does not think there will be any adverse impact on the availability of the Mahindra vehicles in the market due to this production cut, as there is already adequate amount of vehicle inventory to take care of the current market demands.

Mahindra has been facing low sales during the first 4 months of this year despite the elections which results in a higher SUV demand such as the Scorpio, Bolero, Xylo and the premium XUV500. Mahindra & Mahindra has 5 major automobile manufacturing factories in India, at Nashik, Chakan, Bangalore (Mahindra Reva electric vehicles plant), Haridwar and Zaheerabad.

Mahindra & Mahindra is currently concentrating on a slew of new vehicles in order to boost its sales in India. It is reportedly also working on more than one compact SUV models, which the company is technically lacking at the moment though the not-so popular Quanto is there. Mahindra is busy preparing for some new launches this year which includes the highly speculated and spied new 2014 Scorpio Facelift and the new Quanto variant with the automated manual gearbox.

Mahindra First Choice Services launches first franchise unit in Chennai

Mahindra First Choice Services (MFCS) an acclaimed second hand car brand has established its first franchise outlet in Chennai. The franchisee is called KLN Motor Agencies and situated in Ekkattuthangal. The company has said that it has many more franchise workshops in Chennai that will be inaugurated in coming three months.

2013 Mahindra First Choice Wheels to build

Mahindra First Choice Services aims to target more than 100 workshops across India by end of current fiscal. The company is keen to expand its great enterprise to new locations of Karnataka, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Chandigarh and Amritsar. MFCS has produced the best second hand cars in the market; with the set up of its first franchise in Chennai the company is keen to strengthen its presence in India.

As mentioned earlier MFCS is a big market for used cars, and today enjoys a strong revenue network of twenty eight company owned and company operated workshops all over India. The company is keen to roll out the best quality of used cars, and is using internet means to educate customers on car maintenance. The company has launched an online ‘car dent estimator’ tool, anyone can use it, customers and any car owner.

At the launch event of the first franchise, the CEO of MFCS Vijay Kumar YVS said, ‘’the car market turnover in Chennai is more than 6 lakhs, a proof of a strong vehicle buying capacity. Chennai was a practical choice to build our first franchise workshop. We also have a robust network of three company owned company operated workshops at Guindy, Nerkundram and Ambattur. ‘’

The used car market has grown to a considerable level and is on par with fresh car segment. It is a more practical approach for many to opt for used cars where customers can avail premium and efficient cars at lower costs. The car market economy has witnessed lower than expected sale outcomes in the past year. The bleak economy is caused by unfavourable macro-economic scenario that has led to high interest and exchange rates. Fuel and commodity prices have increased to new heights. The value of rupee has appreciated to a considerable level lately, it is however still hard to predict when the market will regain original normalcy.

MFCS has taken an excellent approach at the right time to expand its used car market with the launch of its first franchise in Chennai. What is most exciting about used car is customers can take home lavish models at lower rates, there is much more to benefit from, consumers can enjoy amazing warranty benefits such as WarrantyFirst Certfirst and Certfirst. The company does a thorough service of 118 check points. Customers can also sell their cars and buy another model.

Indian’s are obsessed with all kinds of cars, a premium used car market such as MFCS has churned many dreams into reality. India has a strong family network and cars are best mediums to encounter fun-filled delightful moments. So go to the new MFCS workshop and buy a stunning second hand car model.