Indian car manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has got the environmental clearance from the US authorities for its diesel pick-up trucks. The company said that it is the first Indian automobile manufacturer to receive a Light Duty Diesel Federal Tier 2 BIN 5 & OBD II Compliance Certificate, which was granted by the Environmental Protection Agency of the USA on August 17, 2010.
“With this certification, Mahindra has joined a select group of global automobile manufacturers who have received this certification for a diesel-powered light duty vehicle (LDVs),” the company said in a statement.
Mahindra is currently engaged in a lawsuit with its US dealer, Global Vehicles, over the delay in launching the vehicle. M&M had planned to launch its diesel pick-up in the US by the end of 2009, but has missed two deadlines since, due to regulatory issues. It has now set 2010-end as the possible time for launching the vehicle in the US.
As a result, its exclusive American distributor, Global Vehicles (GV), filed a lawsuit against the company in June, citing inordinate delays in the launch of the pick-up. However, terming GV’s allegations as without merit, M&M countered the case with a dismiss motion in a US court.
GV claims to have made an overall investment of $103.5 million (about Rs 480 crore) along with franchisees towards the launch of the pick-up truck.