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Old 8th March 2012, 16:38   #16
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There are global markets such as Eastern Europe, South America, parts of Africa & SE Asia where the XUV - as a platform - can do really well.
This is the market I was referring to, as they are exposed to European brands, Mahindra will have to come up with interiors that compare well. There is a market for VFM products everywhere and Mahindra's commitment to actual improvement, taking the Scorpio as a case in point is far better than the beige interior/sticker jobs from Maruti and nothing-worthwhile from Tata, means they will crack these markets. Skoda started off as a laughing stock, today they are a force in Europe, Mahindra is on the same path.
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The question that begs to be asked is if Dacia or Skoda would have been able to achieve the level of success we see today, minus the backing of Renault and VW?

Will M&M be able to sell a VFM proposition (be it a Scorpio or an XUV) in markets where the brand is either unknown or known to a minimal extent?

M&M succeeded in applying the principles of frugal engineering in its product development. It may now have to apply the same concept ('Frugal branding'?) towards brand building. Building a brand using traditional methods across geographies is an expensive and time consuming affair that M&M can ill afford.
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If its export bound and LHD then this should be Automatic, which means that Mahindra have started testing their Autoboxes.
Mahindra doesn't have a good Automatic gearbox so they need to do rigorous testing before exporting it to the western world.
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If there's one purebred 'Indian' vehicle now that barely meets crietria enough to go head-on with the European/Asian markets, I can't think of anything beyond the XUV500 that is as current-gen. Having said that, the niggling issues will need to be addressed before they even think of it. An AUTO box will also need to be on the list.

An SUV of this type will need to pit against Toyota RAV4s, KIA Sportages, Mitsubishi Outlanders in the foreign markets. If not priced right, don't be surprised to see the XUV500 as a goods carrier with sporting abilities. Reminds me of the initial days when the Bajaj Pulsar was a roaring hit here in India. A vacation to the middle east and I was heart-broken to see that being used as a BURGER-KING home delivery bike. I'd rather have not seen it all and felt better.
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If its export bound and LHD then this should be Automatic, which means that Mahindra have started testing their Autoboxes.
Mahindra doesn't have a good Automatic gearbox so they need to do rigorous testing before exporting it to the western world.
Have Mahindra made their own Auto-box for the XUV? If so, apart from testing it well, they should also put some thought in to the ergonomics. The one in the Scorpio is sourced from abroad and the shifter has a big long lever that feels very odd to use.
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Default SPOTTED : LHD XUV 500 for exports

After going slow on international launches of its sports utility vehicle to meet the domestic demand, auto major Mahindra & Mahindra is gearing up to introduce XUV500 in Italy, Australia and Chile soon.

"We plan to go ahead with our international launches of XUV.
Italy and Australia are planned shortly.
These are vehicles adapted to the needs of these markets," M&M Chief Executive, International Operations (Automotive & Farm Equipment sectors), Ruzbeh Irani told PTI.



He said necessary adaptations to meet the norms in these markets such as emission and left hand drive in case of Italy have been completed.
Asked about the timeline for the launches, he didn't specify an exact date but said: "We are evaluating timing of launches in various markets. Chile and Australia are our priority. We will assess the overall capacity and domestic demand to decide on the launch timing."

In February, M&M President (Automotive & Farm Equipment sectors) Pawan Goenka had said the company was going slow on international launch of the vehicle to meet domestic demand.

"We were supposed to enter markets like Australia and are ready to launch XUV500 in many markets in terms of homologations and regulations. But we have decided to slow down to met domestic demand," Goenka had said.

He had also said the company will increase the output of XUV500 to 4,000 units by May from the earlier 3,000 units. Without specifying a timeline, he had also said the output would ultimately be taken up to about 5,000 units a month.

The company is in the process of delivering the bookings of 7,500 orders that were selected through a lottery following excessive demand.
On the need to launch the XUV in international markets, Irani said: "XUV is a global vehicle designed for international markets, it is important that we supply to international markets."

M&M exports XUV500 to South Africa.

Source : M&M gears up to launch XUV500 in Italy, Australia, Chile
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Wonder what is Mahindra trying to achieve by camouflaging this one !
Undoubtedly to grab vital attention.

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Only a Team BHPian could have spotted this difference. Good catch there.
Yes first catch and that too by a TBhpian.Kudos.
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Good job on this Kiloalpha! I am sure pictures speak a lot of marketing overtures and not exactly to hide the intentions
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Correction, left hand drive cars cannot be imported. THose existing on the road are legal and also test vehciles running on manufacturer plates
I think LHD cars can be imported for some special category like Consulates, Dilpomat etc. Requires permission from Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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