Mahindra is the oldest automobile concern in India. It is dedicated to production of terrain vehicles, tractors and other agricultural vehicles.
History of this little-known brand dates back to the beginning of the Second World War when two Mahindra brothers had decided to establish automobile production in India. At that time one of brothers named John was a chief of Indian diplomatic mission in Washington. For the sake of business he left diplomatic career and had founded "Mahindra and Mohammed" company. Second brother named Clark at the same time was a First Deputy of Minister of Finance in Pakistan. He joined brother's plans.
So, in 1945 "Mahindra & Mahindra" company started production of Indian counterpart of famous Willys-Overland terrain.
The first car they succeeded to release only in 1965.
In 80-ies in addition to phaetons and pickups with capacity of 815 kg (under Willys CJ-3B license) was started assembly of new models (under Jeep CJ-7 and CJ-8 license). Later series in appearance are distinguished by lower hood, smoothed lines and finer cells on grill. On the basis of new models were created long-based Commander ( two types of phaeton - with B-pillar and without it, and station wagon), 3- and 5-door 8-seated station wagons of CL-series as far as its 5-seated Commander Marchal version with a folded back seats. By removal of these seats it is possible to arrange a load box with volume of 2.5 m3. Short-based runabouts of CL-series (with openings instead of doors) since 1993 have been exported to Germany. Long-based phaeton-wagons are the most popular domestic models.
Production of comfortable 5-door 5- and 7-seated Armada and Armada Grand wagons was started at the beginning of 90-ies. Coupe was trimmed with different textiles (only Armada Grand). Licensed Peugeot engine of 55 hp (now 62 hp) power and operation volume of 2.1 liters in 1982 replaced "voracious" benzine engine of 40-ies. In turn, step by step it was replaced by 2.5 l engine of 73 hp power which allows accelerating up to 100 km/h. Also the modern benzine engine of 94 hp power is used. Gear boxes are mechanical only, 3- or 4-speed. For phaetons, wagons and pickups of MM-series full drive is available only by order. Cars with rear-wheel drive are lighter than front-wheel ones by 90 kg. All models are equipped with leaf suspension.
Production of 8- and 9-seat minibuses and Voyager vans of 890 kg capacity (Mitsubishi L 300 of 1979) moved from SAРњCOR plant (RSA). These cars were equipped with 2.5 l diesel engines.
Mahindra under the Willys license produces commercial Tempo forward-control trucks with capacity of 700 kg. As their Russian analog (UAZ-3303) they were unified with Jeep family. 11-15-seat FJ460 DP and MM460 DP minibuses are produced on TempoвЂ™s base. Model line is represented by rear-driven FJ470 DS4 4С…2 Hiroof microbuses, MM470 DP ambulances, Cabstar and Cabking 576 trucks (licensed Nissan Atlas/ Cabstar).
Mahindra signed up a contract with Eurasia Motors on assembly and sale of such models as Bolero GLX, Scorpio and pickups.
On "Motor Show 2002" in Moscow was discussed a possibility of establishment of joint company in Russia to arrange Scorpio offroadsters assembly. This model is the first own design of company.