Mahindra Reva conducts the e2o green car rally in Bangalore

The Indian car major Mahindra & Mahindra has taken the initiative of spreading the message of the importance of a greener future and cleaner air for our future generations. Mahindra’s first all electric passenger vehicle e2o is not only a brilliantly designed contemporary and smart city car, but also a very efficient way of reducing atmospheric pollution, however the Indian car market is still not matured enough to embrace such great cars, primarily due to the ignorance and casual negligence of the all important electric vehicles or EVs. Most of the Indian are also reluctant to invest in an EV due to various sorts of doubts regarding its performance and efficiency. Thus, in order to spread awareness about the capable e2o and as a step to preserve our environment, Indian SUV leader organized the e2o electric car rally.

mahindra e20 electric car

mahindra e20 electric car

Naturalists and nature conservation conscious people in India happily came forward to take on the roads driving the Mahindra Reva e2o electric cars. The EV rally was conducted on 29th of June, 2014 which covered a distance of 5 km in the city of Bangalore.

Mahindra Reva did a brilliant job by flaunting the happy e2o customers who did not only take a step forward to but this eco-friendly zero emission car, but also got themselves a very cool looking smart car. The rally of the Mahindra e2o models in their various brilliant body colors immediately caught the attention of people on road, who even snapped the great sight. The nature loving owners of the e2o vehicles surely felt proud rallying down the road, as they were appreciated and admired by hundreds of people. The Mahindra Reva e2o rally was conducted from Bangalore’s Golf Course Road, passing through the KR Circle and concluding at the Cubbon Park.

The participating members in the e2o rally also included the Transport Commissioner K. Amaranarayanana who graced the green rally even further by planting more than 100 saplings at the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park. The entire green rally was initiated by Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles as part of the company’s effort to spread the awareness about the very necessary and efficient electric vehicle. Mahindra & Mahindra is conducting several initiatives to make the Indians value the electric cars not only to protect the environment for the future, but also as a way to enhance the quality of life and get economical benefits. Apart from offering various discounts and attractive schemes for the e20, Mahindra Reva is planning to conduct even more such initiatives as the 2o rally going ahead.

The green rally of the Mahindra Reva e2o was also a way to protect the natural beauty and environment of the Bangalore city, which is known as the Garden City. However, massive felling of around 1.6 lakh trees owing to fast urbanization and concrete jungles are making the city highly polluted. Mahindra Reva, a Bangalore based company is all the more trying to make the people of Bangalore to consider the e2o over fuel driven cars.

Mahindra planning big for future models

Mahindra and Mahindra is a popular Indian manufacturer and now they have strong presence in various other markets. Their flagship product XUV 500 was received very well in the market and now they are working on many other products to create a strong line-up. The compact SUV with the design inspired by XUV500 has been the hot topic these days. It is codenamed S101 and has been spotted testing multiple times. It would enter the market at a point where the Ford EcoSport sits at the moment. They have prepared an all new platform for this vehicle and have got big expectations from this new car.

mnahindra s101 suv

Mahindra S101 SUV side view

The S101 will be less than 4 meters long to gain excise duty benefits. The diesel model will be powered by the same engine that powers the Mahindra Quanto. It is a 1.5 litre three cylinder turbocharged unit that generates a peak power of 100 bhp. While until now we have seen Mahindra cars with diesel engines only, this one might make an exception. It will come with a 1.2 litre petrol engine option as well. This engine is being developed in conjunction with Ssangyong and will also power Ssangyong’s compact SUV that will be coming out soon.

Apart from the S101, they have been testing the new face lifted Scorpio as well. The Scorpio has been more or less the same since it was last updated 6-7 years ago. Minor changes have been made to its bumpers and headlamps but nothing really prominent. This time however, it is getting a more comprehensive treatment. The front end receives a lot of changes and the headlamps look sharper and flow inwards into the grille. The redesigned bumper gives it a wider profile which looks better than the current Scorpio.

The changes have been carried inside as well. They have worked on the quality and design of the material used inside. There is a new instrument cluster and the steering wheel appears to be from the XUV 500. The powerhouse is still the same faithful mHawk engine which generates a peak power of 120 bhp. This time apart from the 5 speed manual, they might also add the option of a six speed automatic gearbox. This new updated Mahindra Scorpio is expected to come out near the end of this year.

While these vehicles will be launched in near future, they have got new vehicles lined up for 2016 as well. The Mahindra Bolero has been one of their most successful products ever and it will be updated as well. The update won’t come anytime soon and reports suggest that it will come out in 2016. It looks very much different from the current generation of Bolero. Gone are the flat and dull panels and instead it gets nicely styled body panels. It gets a restyled bonnet that is curved unlike the current Bolero. It is also being said that this new Bolero might come in two different wheelbase variants. There will be a sub 4 meter variant as well to gain excise duty benefits on the vehicle.

2016 Bolero a car to watch out for

There have been a lot of reports on Mahindra’s new products S101 and Scorpio facelift. There is another interesting car to look forward to 2016 Bolero, the production is still in initial stages, and was spied testing in Chennai. The car is christened U301, and was captured at the company’s established R and D unit in Chennai.

mahindra bolero

mahindra bolero

Bolero has been on the scene for mighty long time, and it is fascinating to hear of a new launch of its kind. To flow with the times the design build is based on a new hydroformed ladder chassis. Sources say Mahindra might introduce two versions of new Bolero, a car with an over four meter length and below four meter car. The car will run on a robust 1.5 litre three cylinder diesel engine.

The visible developments are doors and body panels at initial stages of development. Not much progress is visible on interiors and tail lights, Bolero is a vehicle used by the mass public, and popular in rural and town areas. As mentioned earlier it has been on the scene for quite a while fourteen years and is a huge profit contributor to Mahindra.

Mahindra has churned massive sales with Bolero for three years in a row from 2011 to 2013 more than 100,000 pieces of the vehicle were sold. During the initial five months made phenomenal monthly profits with the sale of 9,376 pieces. Now with the new car in the pipeline the company plans to hit the over 100,000 profit sale target.

Although deep details of the interiors are not revealed, car enthusiasts have managed to spot few interesting details. The layout of the centre console is different from the current car and is a completely refurnished piece. There is a new steering system and audio equipment. The structure of the dashboard is the same as current car. From the descriptions of the new audio, steering and centre console it is evident that Mahindra is likely to bring in a modern version of the Bolero.

The car was spied several times; the previous spy models had a huge spare wheel on tailgate. The latest captured vehicle did not have the tail gate, the other interesting details of the car are the dimension of back windshield is smaller than the present car and so is the rear overhang.

Mahindra has introduced new surprises in its all new Scorpio facelift with bits of exterior cosmetic changes and interior modernity. The inner décor is vastly different from the current car layered in a more modern format inspired by XUV500. The auto market at present has witnessed a surge in modern SUV development; Mahindra too has planned a more modern approach with its vehicles. Its other new development S101 is also in tune with lavishness built on joint collaboration basis with Ssangyong. The same level of new luxury can be expected with the upcoming 2016 Bolero. It will be motivating to view a posh Bolero different from its ancient rustic style. It is a car to look forward to.

The Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton RX6 is an able new addition to the luxury SUV in India

The Indian utility vehicle major, Mahindra & Mahindra has made a great move by introducing its South Korean subsidiary, SsangYong in India. The one and only vehicle from the SsangYong stable in India is the Rexton luxury SUV, which launched towards the end of 2012 and has been a good success in the country ever since its launch.

New SsangYong Rexton RX6 trim

New SsangYong Rexton RX6 trim

The Mahindra SsangYong Rexton has won over many Indian SUV lovers with its rugged and stylishly luxurious aspects. While the SUV has been warmly appreciated in India, the stark difference between the base model and the higher variant was always felt. Till recently, the Mahindra SsangYong Rexton was available in India in only two model variants, the base RX5 and the higher RX7 model trims. The two models were far apart in terms of features and comfort levels, as well as the pricing. This made the Indian car buyers requested the Indian SUV major to bridge the gap by introducing a new middle range variant for a balanced convenience and pricing option for the potential buyers. Mahindra & Mahindra has just done that by recently launching the mid-range model of the Rexton, named the obvious RX6.

It seems that given the obvious difference between the models RX5 and RX7, there was always a name difference as well (number 5 and 7 with a missing 6), and there was an intentional vacant space left for the RX6, which was launched in the country very recently. Mahindra might have decided to launch this variant after the Rexton received ample amount of sales in India. The RX6 variant has been also launched at an attractive price of Rs. 19.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This variant is manufactured along with the other variants of the Rexton at the company’s plat at Mahindra’s Chakan, near Pune.

During the launch of the new Rexton RX6, Mahindra’s chief marketing officer of the automotive division, Vivek Nayer said that Mahindra being a customer centric company works continuously based on the feedback from the customers to cater to their changing requirements and preference. One such customer feedback included the requirement for a high-end luxurious, feature-rich SUV with a manual transmission. The Rexton RX6 is the result of the company’s effort to work based on consumers’ requirement. This variant will offer the driving enthusiasts the full control of a manual transmission gearbox along with the 4×4 drive capabilities as well as high-end features.

The Rexton RX6 packs in a 2.7 liter engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The SUV is offered in 4 alluring body color options of Opulant Purple, Volcano Black, Satin White and Moondust silver.

The new Rexton RX6 variant is also loaded with features such as power sunroof, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and safety features including ABS with EBD and hill decent control. The RX6 variant is thus, a very able and attractive option in the Rexton SUV range.

Mahindra to replace Xylo with new MPV in near future

Among Mahindra’s successful range of cars like Scorpio, XUV500, Quanto and other sports utility vehicles is the Xylo which never managed to live up to expectations of customers. The problem was with its design and output which was nothing special compared to other similar models in local markets. Since multipurpose vehicle is the new emerging segment in local markets and existing players like Maruti Suzuki and Nissan are already raking in profits and Honda has also jumped into the bandwagon with Mobilio, Mahindra is keen on exploring this segment. The firm’s overseas research team located in Michigan, United States is working in this project and it is expected to be ready by 2017 along with SUV which will be built on similar platform and will be developed alongside this model.

2012 mahindra xylo front grille

Mahindra’s Quanto and Genio are also not performing as expected therefore this research center will develop new models which will all be based on single platform. The new MPV will be built for India first and then maybe sold to other locations depending on demand. The slow but steadily growing MPV segment in India is expected to be next growth area as it will be ideal car for small families of 5-6 people and would not cost as much as large SUV’s which are in the price range of 20 -25 lakhs. Therefore Nissan’s Evalia and Maruti’s Ertiga are able to tap this segment wherein families keen on strong and manageable vehicle which has good mileage are going in for these cars.

Seeing growth in this segment Honda has already launched the Mobilio while Nissan will also launch Datsun Go+ since it lacks competitors. According to market rumors Mahindra’s MPV will be based on Xylo which was not successful due to its bulky body styling and simple interiors which offered nothing new in terms of style and comfort. With market demand shrinking for hatchback and midsized sedan demand is increasing for new design like compact SUV and sedan and soft roaders. With people emerging out of homes to travel more due to improved road infrastructure the demand for sturdy cars has also increased. Though Mahindra has a research center in Chennai, it has set up this international research center to gain an international perspective of design and engineering.

Mahindra has taken a rough hit during recent downtrend in Indian automobile industry with low demand for its commercial and passenger vehicles. Therefore the carmaker is launching several five new vehicles which will be based on platform under development by this new research team. Besides this Mahindra has several new models currently under various stages of testing and development which will be launched from end of this year once markets show signs of revival. Among these the first to be launched will be latest Scorpio followed by new compact SUV which is codenamed as S101 as Mahindra has not given it a formal title. Besides these two cars, Mahindra is also testing two new models comprising face-lifted Bolero followed by another SUV to replace Quanto which is not performing as expected.

Mahindra testing e2o at Spiti for checking climatic ability

Though Mahindra and Mahindra has not had much success with e2o electric car in India due to lack of sufficient charging networks, it has been able to export these cars to nearby nations like Bhutan and Nepal. Mahindra has left no stone unturned in making the e2o a success and improved its charging technology and structure based on people’s feedback. Mahindra is therefore now seeking newer ways to market it by projecting it as a vehicle suitable for high altitude areas where environment is more fragile. It has been spotted testing at Spiti in Himachal Pradesh which is a high altitude area located at 13000 feet. The Mahindra e2o is a two door hatchback with ability to seat four people and is powered by 48 volt lithium ion battery which enables its three phase induction motor to produce 201.1 PS power.

Mahindra e20

Mahindra E20

As per reports of local officials Mahindra’s engineering team has been testing the vehicle for ability to work under weather conditions similar to Europe. In general the performance of battery operated vehicles reduces in cold climate therefore the Mahindra team is testing battery power of the e2o to check its ability to work under extreme cold conditions at Himalayas. According to records, Mahindra’s is trying to increase mileage of e2o from existing 110 km to 134km after full charge of its batteries. The Mahindra e2o if exported to overseas markets will have to compete with models from Toyota, Tesla, General Motors etc. However this model is perfect for hilly regions which have a fragile ecosystem and an electric car is perfect for these locations as it will provide transportation and maintain environment too.

An essential part of this understanding is use of 72 volt batteries by Mahindra’s engineers instead of the usual 48 volts as it will give more power and mileage to the car. It has also been revealed that Mahindra will be setting up a liquid cooling system within e2o to keep its engine cool while pushing on mountain regions. The sedan which is being planned by Mahindra will also be used for European markets to compete with locally available models. This model of Mahindra is being tested at this high altitude town which lacks battery charging facilities by continuously charging them through diesel generators. Future plans of Mahindra for e2o include creation of a four door sedan for local markets and to be sold in other markets in neighboring nations.

The sedan being planned by Mahindra with an electric engine will be based on Verito so it can be spacious and can easily seat 5 passengers. Mahindra is working with local government to set up charging infrastructure for these cars which will help sales of e2o models in India. The model is available in local markets at varied prices depending on engine power from Rs. 4.82 lakhs to Rs. 5.99 lakhs without any form of subsidy. Mahindra has ambitious plans for this model which has not managed to gain popularity in India as expected therefore is trying to make its motor hardy and tough enough to handle European temperatures so it can be sold here in future.

The armored Mahindra Scorpio is a superb protective vehicle

The Indian utility vehicle major, Mahindra & Mahindra is known for producing great vehicles with rugged quality and superb road performance. The powerful Mahindra SUVs have been the favorites of many Indians including many rich and famous personalities as well. This long fan following of the various powerful Mahindra vehicles also includes the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, Mr. Modi is particularly the fan of the special custom made Bulletproof Mahindra Scorpio SUV, which is perfect combination of style and ultra-tough quality features.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

The bulletproof armored Mahindra Scorpio is a really cool cat worth all the praises that it gets. Along with massive protective features, the armored Scorpio offers the same stylish, rough and tough road presence that has made it increasingly popular in the last 11 years’ time. This particular variant of the Scorpio however, is specially created for the VIPs and everyone certainly does not require one either. The armored Scorpio is meant to protect the occupants who need protection from expected attacks or needs to be protected in such hostile situations. The vehicle shot to fame as Mr. Modi really liked it in his chief minister days and during his campaigning days prior to the Loksabha elections. The prime minister even wanted to replace the armored BMW used for the PMs with an armored Scorpio, which was highly appreciated by Mahindra. At the end however, Mr. PM chose to stick to the specially created BMW, as the security panel did not approve of the decision due to the security reasons. Nevertheless, the armored Mahindra Scorpio is a great protective vehicle meant to safeguard the VIPs and the VVIPs.

The armored Mahindra Scorpio is carefully crafted by the Indian auto major, and are designed and developed specially to evade attacks and ruin the attempts of terrorist or assassination attacks. The users of these vehicles are also trained on how to use the vehicle on the event of such an attack.

The armored Scorpio gets a full body kit with specially created, highly strengthened body panels and boasts of several high-tech specialized features. The special features that are endowed on the armored Mahindra Scorpio include bulletproof glass, fire-proof fuel tank, real-time vehicle tracking device, special body panels. The vehicle also includes blast proof carpeting for protection against hand grenades, run on flat tyres features, all 4 power windows and communication system.

The good part is that any regular Mahindra Scorpio can be turned into a cool and highly protective armored vehicle with the incorporation of the Bulletproof Kit which is available online and is created by the Mahindra Group Defense Land Systems India. The special bulletproof kits for the Scorpio can be purchased online for a starting price of Rs. 12.67 lakh that extends to up to Rs 18.33 lakh depending on the various model trims. The armored Scorpio kit is available in 3 different models according to the level of protection and the range of special features that they offer.

Mahindra sorts out its payment negotiations

The Indian auto market is among the best in the globe, despite the global supremacy the past couple of years have been turbulent. Mahindra and Mahindra is among the established firms that fell into the traps of peak recession. The weakened market has caused a chain of undesirable events such as increased interest rates, fuel, commodity costs and labor disputes.

mahindra reva halo electric car

Mahindra Reva Halo Electric

The most spoken about issue caused by the consequences of great depression is labor dispute. Mahindra completed its wage settlement procedure for three months from January to March. The workers are scattered in more than 13 manufacturing centers. It was a rigorous task; the company has to force three wage settlements in Q4. Mahindra took charge of the wages that had to be rolled out at a particular period. We have to cater to 13 manufacturing centers and each center has its own agreement policy said Parthasarathy VS in charge of accounts and finance.

Mahindra and Mahindra did not divulge details on wage hike or the regions that fell into the wage amendment category. In financial year 14 it concluded the lengthy three and half year settlement with workers at Igatpuri, Haridwar, Nashik and Chakan. The bonus of the settlement was a Rs 9,000 monthly hike for more than three years. In March this few of the workers in Chakan unit demanded for resettlement of allotted wage amendment.

Mahindra has soughed fair employee payments in the past, the marginal cost benefit in fourth quarterly of Financial Year 14 rose to 35% with revenue gains of Rs 615 crores compared to the year ago period. The rise in employee satisfaction is contributed by not only the car segment but bus and tractor segment as well. The all round impact in fourth quarterly is 21%, little of the gains stemmed from labor settlements. The wage settlement program is introduced to encourage labor engagement and is scheduled for certain periods. Mahindra has always maintained a good employee relation. The event of settlements in financial year 14 is to maintain the spirit of healthy relationship with no room for misunderstanding.

Mahindra and Mahindra in financial year 14 sold 254,344 units of passenger vehicles, a steep 18% dip compared to the year ago period. There was a hike in revenues of commercial vehicles by 7% with the flow of 152,398 pieces. The company’s constant trend towards optimum revenue satisfaction is reflected in its powerful profit status. It is the biggest utility vehicle enterprise in India, many other reputed firms in the country has launched vehicles to offer stiff competition with Mahindra products during the current competitive period. Ford launched EcoSport, Renault introduced Duster and Volkswagen brought in Taigun.

To fight over the intense competition peaked up in the past few years, Mahindra is geared to release new stunning products such as S101 built on joint partnership basis with Ssangyong, new Scorpio facelift and 2016 Bolero. There are exciting times ahead for ardent Mahindra fans, and those who aspire to find a place in Mahindra it is a great firm to work in to gain insight into advanced engineering technologies and just enjoy the bonuses of great boss to employee partnership.

Mahindra will launch a global MPV at its forthcoming technical center in US

Mahindra and Mahindra is an esteemed Indian based auto firm and has widespread overseas operations. The company has lately launched North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in the city of Troy in Michigan. The aim is to showcase its rich talent in the country. Mahindra has earned a prestigious name in US and South Africa; its SUV’s are sold like wildfire in both countries. On the topic of introducing MNATC in US, the president and executive director of Mahindra, Dr Pawan Goenka said, ‘’we are continuing with our robust operations in Europe and will develop a new utility vehicle at US technical center. The car will be sold to the public by 2017.

Mahindra Xylo D2 maxx

Mahindra Xylo D2 maxx

The company has already formatted a plan to grille the operation and will hire about 35 engineers to perform the task in North American Technical Centre. Mahindra will work on operation efficacies to develop a utility vehicle and it is a global launch inclusive of India. The firm will introduce new products in domestic market that will undergo production in the company’s esteemed operation unit in Chennai called Mahindra Research Valley. Ardent Mahindra fans can look forward to a range of thrilling products. By 2016 the firm will introduce three new utility vehicles exclusive of the new Scorpio facelift.

So much attention is concentrated on Mahindra’s new products; the S101 was spotted several times by car enthusiasts. The car will arrive in 2015 and so many camouflaged images of the car have been captured. Mahindra will develop the car on joint partnership basis with Ssangyong. The other models to look forward to is new Scorpio facelift and next gen Bolero.

The power of Mahindra is widespread; the firm is also working on introducing an assembly unit in Brazil. The initiative is to work around the stringent tax regime imposed by the Brazilian government. Heavy tax duties are awarded to nations that do not hold a wholly developed research and development center. It is interesting to hear of Mahindra’s aim to launch MNATC. The timing is perfect as well to expand its overseas growth output during the current intense global automobile competition.

Mahindra has achieved tremendous acclaim in the big car market, which is its main specialty. Few of its classic products are XUV500, Scorpio, Xylo and Quanto. All these sell like wild fire in South Africa and America, the auto market in India is among the most acclaimed in the globe. The past couple of years have been turbulent for the auto sector in the country and Mahindra is among the many nations to be affected. To fight through the rigorous competition, the company plans to introduce new surprises into its products. The upcoming Scorpio facelift will have cosmetic modifications and the interiors are a modern version of its predecessor inspired by XUV500. The same strategy is used in S101, from the spy images sources have discovered that most of the features are kind of similar to XUV500 and have even called it XUV300. The same effect can be expected with the forthcoming global MPV.

XUV500 Sportz exclusivity beyond words

Mahindra and Mahindra an established auto manufacturer lately launched a sporty version of XUV500 called XUV500 Sportz. The development is somewhat related to the most loaded W8 car. It costs Rs 13.28 lakhs which is dearer than W8 car by Rs 25,000. It is a special launch and only 1,000 units of the vehicle is available.

Mahindra XUV500 SUV Red Front

Mahindra XUV500 SUV Red

XUV500 is a stunner all over the globe, what is special about the Sportz variant of the car. The exteriors and interiors are intensified with black and red body decals on bonnet also on doors. The door handles, roof rails and fog lights are layered with sparkling red headlights. The other modifications that define its sporty status is the fitment on Sportz logo and red inserts on C pillar.

XUV500 is appreciated for its super enriched interiors, the insides of XUV500 Sportz is enriched to the core with 6 inch touch screen with back camera. The other technological enhancements and interesting traits are electrical outer rear view mirrors, LED parking lights, automatic wipers and headlights, climate control and robust micro-hybrid technology. Nothing has changed on the mechanical front; the vehicle will run on the same mHawk six speed transmission engine that pumps out 330Nm.

On the launch of XUV500 Sport the CEO in the automotive division of Mahindra and Mahindra Vivek Nair said, ‘’we have sold more than 30,000 pieces of the car in 2013 to 14 financial year. The launch of XUV500 Sportz is a reflection of the company’s extensive commitment to bring in exclusivity to the product line up. ‘’

XUV500 Sportz is a thrilling vehicle to look forward to; so much of excitement is inscribed on the exteriors and interiors. Mahindra has used a creative theme for its exteriors garnished with the unique red and black decals on doors and bonnet. It is not always that consumers will get to explore a sporty XUV500 Sportz model painted in jazzy red and black. It is a unique feeling to ride in a car where fog lights sparkle to the core with jazzy red headlights. The feel can be compared to a sci-fi model.

XUV500 has thrilled the public to no end for years, with its phenomenal sporty and stylish stature. The design of the car is inspired by the swift movement of cheetah the fastest animal on the planet. The insides are overloaded with excitement there is a 6 inch touchscreen or monochrome display. The cabin room is enormously spacious to effectively accommodate seven occupants. There are cup holders between cool knob and gear box, there is an advanced music system with Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity. All three rows have mobile charging points. There are rain sensing wipers and the other features to look forward to are camping lamps, door ajar lamps, entry assist lamp and puddle lamps. There is an umbrella holder as well.

XUV500 is just unique beyond words; the inspiration with the car is not just restricted to XUV500 Sportz, but concentrated on the forthcoming Scorpio facelift and S101.