In­dian in­va­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - Saturday Television -

AUS­TRALIA’S em­bat­tled car man­u­fac­tur­ers will face even more com­pe­ti­tion from next year when the first In­di­an­built mod­els hit lo­cal show­rooms. Syd­ney’s gi­ant Ty­nan Mo­tor Group has an­nounced that from next year the com­pany will sell the Mahin­dra Pik-up ute. Pric­ing for the new ute has not been an­nounced but spec­u­la­tion is that it will come to mar­ket un­der $30,000. The Mahin­dra is the van­guard of mod­els set to come from In­dia and China, with Ateco Au­to­mo­tive — im­porters of Fer­rari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Citroen and Fiat — poised to add cars from China to its line-up within the next two years. The Pik-up will be im­ported and sold by a new joint ven­ture com­pany, TMI Pa­cific, formed be­tween Ty­nan Mo­tors and the Mahin­dra Group. Ty­nan group chair­man Michael Ty­nan says the first ve­hi­cle will be a no-frills work­horse with a sharp price aimed at rural buy­ers. ‘‘A lot of ve­hi­cles have strayed from be­ing se­ri­ous, no frills work ma­chines to be­com­ing more show ori­ented,’’ Mr Ty­nan says. ‘‘We were pleased to find that many wanted a re­turn to the ba­sics of a hard-work­ing, keenly priced ute. ‘‘They don’t want it to be rough to drive but they do want it easy to main­tain, to clean and to ser­vice. ‘‘I’m con­fi­dent that we’re on the right track with Mahin­dra. ‘‘That’s the feed­back we’ve had so far from po­ten­tial buy­ers and also from po­ten­tial deal­ers.’’

Mahin­dra crew cab (above) and

Pik-Up in­te­rior de­tail (be­low)

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