Indian automaker Mahindra opens U.S. plant in MI

Indian automaker Mahindra opens U.S. plant in MI

Indian automaker Mahindra opens U.S. plant in MI

"The fact that Mahindra has established new operations centers here for the third time in four years is a testament to Michigan's global leadership in automotive R&D and advanced manufacturing", Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said Monday morning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility in Auburn Hills.

The company says it will retrofit two existing facilities in Auburn Hills and Pontiac.

It's also one of five companies in the running to build a new vehicle for the U.S. Postal Service. At the request of the USPS, details about the program will be available at a later date.

The Mahindra Roxor might share it's underpinnings with the Thar SUV
The Mahindra Roxor might share it's underpinnings with the Thar SUV

Mahindra & Mahindra opened its first vehicle assembling plant in Detroit, as India's second-biggest maker of mini vans and sport-utility vehicles seeks to tap the US market after a previous attempt failed to take off. Over the past 18 months, MANA will have tripled its workforce to 250. The company expects to employ 670 workers by 2020. In addition, MANA will continue to provide Metro Detroit-based engineering support for new vehicle platform development for India and global markets.

According to a Reuters report, the company is also testing autonomous tractors, trucks and cars, and is inching closer to bringing electric vehicles to the U.S. It is considering when to begin U.S. sales of the vehicles, the agency quoted Mahindra as saying in an interview. Designed and engineered by MANA, the vehicle promises to be unlike anything now on the market.

"We hope that we will gradually creep into the consciousness of the American consumer as the maker of very rugged, sturdy SUV and crossover vehicles", Anand Mahindra, executive chairman of Mahindra Group, said Monday at a roundtable event in Auburn Hills.

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"This is an exciting day for Mahindra, our terrific employees and Detroit. I couldn't be prouder to be here to help open this new facility today", said Anand Mahindra.

In the last 18 months, Mahindra North America has tripled its workforce to 250 employees.

Rick Haas, Mahindra Automotive North America president, pointed to current Mahindra customers - hunters, farmers, ranchers, miners or recreational individuals - as potential customers for the Roxor and passenger vehicles.

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"This expansion represents a milestone for us and for MI", said Haas.

He also said that this expansion is a milestone for the company as well as MI, since the company started its operations with seven people four years ago and has now crossed the 250-employee mark.

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