Mahindra Vehicles to hit U.S. Auto Market in 2009Mahindra SUVs and trucks, the first line of Indian-made automobiles to debut in the United States, will offer a blend of ruggedness, performance, and affordability; highlighted by a clean-burning diesel engine. It's built with top-of-the-industry green technology, which was designed to reduce emissions and maximize fuel efficiency.

The Mahindra Group, which was recently ranked by Forbes as one of the World's 200 Most Reputable Companies, vehicles are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2009 through a vast national network of premier dealers.

The first product line will feature a midsize SUV and two midsize trucks: a two-door and four-door model, all with sixspeed automatic transmissions and state-of-the-art common-rail diesel technology-similar to that used by Mercedes-Benz and BMW. In addition to getting 20- to 40-percent better fuel mileage than gasoline engines, Mahindra vehicles will be cleaner burning-emitting fewer greenhouse gases per mile-all while maintaining diesel's historic advantages of more torque and greater durability. The company is planning to provide all vehicles with a four-year, 60,000-mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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