Is the long-delayed U.S. debut of Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra finally back on track?
Mumbai-based Mahindra &Mahindra Ltd. is opening a technical center near Detroit as part of plans to become a global automaker. The move comes several years after the maker originally promised to wade into the American market with its first light truck models. But lawsuits stemming from the canceled launch could pose an obstacle for Mahindra’s future plans.
Rajan Wadhera, chief executive officer for technology and product development for Mahindra’ automotive and farm equipment sectors, said the new office operated by Mahindra Engineering Services is the first automotive-oriented technical center the Mahindra Group has opened outside of India.
Mahindra selected the Detroit suburb of Troy for the site over rival locations in Illinois, Netherlands, Germany and Italy, he said.