Dealer optimistic about Indian trucks

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After receiving news about the legal battle between India's Mahindra & Mahindra and its U.S. distributor, Global Vehicles USA Inc., Andy Jones is remaining "cautiously optimistic" about selling the trucks at his dealership.

The owner of Gerald Jones Auto Group was one of 347 auto dealers nationwide scheduled to begin selling Mahindra's midsize diesel pickups in December.

Jones had placed an initial order of 20 trucks and a second order of 35 trucks, he said.

Mahindra's managing director, Anand Mahindra, said Friday that the company now has "no date" for the U.S. launch. Regulatory delays pushed back earlier deadlines.

"We're still interested in getting into the U.S.," Mahindra said, declining further comment because of the legal case.

Global Vehicles maintains that Mahindra improperly terminated its contract in June after a failed takeover offer.

"The bottom line here is, Mahindra now believes this is a huge project. They want us out of the way so they can go direct and save the money we were going to make," Global Vehicles CEO John Perez said by phone Friday.

Global Vehicles filed a case in U.S. Federal District Court in Georgia on June 14, claiming that Mahindra had violated its contractual obligations and urging the court to block any other U.S. distribution of Mahindra products. It initiated arbitration proceedings June 11.

Mahindra maintains the lawsuit is without merit because the contract with Global Vehicles expired June 11.

"The contract with Global Vehicles has expired. In light of this fact, Mahindra will be contacting U.S. dealers to make other arrangements for distribution," the company said in a statement. It also said Global Vehicles is trying to "manipulate the press to damage Mahindra's reputation."

"We certainly still want to sell them," Jones said. "I don't have any insight into what's really going on. ... Mahindra is not talking to us at all.

"My opinion would be that Mahindra will honor the agreements with the dealers that paid."

In Augusta, Jones said that he is one of many auto dealers already set up to sell the trucks and that it makes sense for Mahindra & Mahindra to move forward with these dealers.

"I've renovated the building, bought their furniture and bought their heritage wall. I have the initial parts ordered. We could sell cars tomorrow if they shipped us the parts and the cars," he said.

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest utility vehicle maker, has been eager to expand overseas in an effort to transform itself into a top global SUV player.

Associated Press reports were used in this article.

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airbud7
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airbud7 10/16/10 - 08:15 am
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Just what America needs right

Just what America needs right now, another line of Foreign Vehicles! Let's all run out and buy one and watch India's economy grow.

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Taylor B 10/16/10 - 09:25 am
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Airbud, I happen to work for

Airbud, I happen to work for Mr. Jones, and was looking forward to the extra money to service these vehicles. Obviously economics isn't your strong subject.

I guess I can still get by. I make a pretty good living servicing those evil VW/Audis from Germany.

airbud7
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airbud7 10/16/10 - 10:22 am
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Taylor B/ glad you have a

Taylor B/ glad you have a good job, however if you think America is better off driving Foreign built Vehicles while having a few people servicing these vehicles stateside Vs a new factory built here in America! Then my friend "economics surely isn't your strong subject". I also have a uncle who works for Nissan North America in Smyrna Tennessee(robotics engineer)and he does very well! The vehicle assembly plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles and represents a capital investment of $2.5 billion. Have a nice Day☺

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 10:15 am
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Buy American, the job you

Buy American, the job you save may be your own.

Albert Fernandes
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Albert Fernandes 10/16/10 - 10:56 am
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Is this misplaced economic

Is this misplaced economic patriotism?
Should India stop buying GM and Ford cars? Should India stop buying Boeing planes and fighter jets? Are people aware that India buys billions of dollars worth American made stuff from Caterpillar, John Deere, Honeywell, GE, Lockheed Martin, Dell, HP, Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Johnson& Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Medtronic, Nike ....... And the list is pretty long.
How many Americans would be jobless if India stopped buying American stuff?
Jobs are lost due to greedy evil guys on Wall street and the big banks. Job losses are not due to Trade and Commerce as long as one is willing to work hard.
Just pause and think ....... before you fall victim to the politically charged false propaganda on job losses.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 11:13 am
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Just trying to be PATRIOTIC

Just trying to be PATRIOTIC with My money.

airbud7
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airbud7 10/16/10 - 12:28 pm
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Caterpillar has production

Caterpillar has production plants in Hosur and Tiruvallur - both in Tamil Nadu, ie foreign production workers /
John Deere has production plants in Sanaswadi, Magarpatta City and Vadodara,India ie foreign production workers /
Honeywell/ Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, and Pune,India- employing over 7000 people ie foreign workers/
GE Employment across India exceeds 12,000. ie foreign workers/
Cisco has 7 Sales Offices in India - New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata and Hyderabad.•India headcount is 6500 ie foreign workers/
Dell, HP, Intel and Nike products are built/made in China then sold to US consumers ie a lot of foreign workers/

American Jobs are being shipped to foreign country's and I often find the person/persons who are profiting from it
can allway's find good excuses why---dwb619 your comment (Buy American, the job you save may be your own.)
Is very true!!!

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 01:33 pm
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I will never knowingly buy

I will never knowingly buy foreign made when MADE IN AMERICA is available. I will have no part in costing an American his or her job.

Albert Fernandes
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Albert Fernandes 10/16/10 - 05:44 pm
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Let us play fair and apply

Let us play fair and apply the same logic of production in India by Caterpillar, John Deere.
John Deere and Caterpillar have only assembly and sales forces in India. They do not manufacture any core components such as engines or transmissions in India.
Mahindra too assembles tractors at Tomball TX, Calhoun GA, and Red Bluff CA. It recently moved the Tomball Headquarters to Houston and the Calhoun plant to Chatanooga TN. They employ over 800 and will soon cross a thousand.
If the pick ups and SUVs sell well in the first two years they plan to start production in Ohio to avoid the Chicken tax. They will incorporate parts made here that are better sourced locally.

Should Indians stop buying Caterpillar or John Deere if Americans spurn Mahindra?

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 06:30 pm
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Who are they going to buy it

Who are they going to buy it from? You just don't or won't get it, to protect American jobs BUY AMERICAN.

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Taylor B 10/16/10 - 07:44 pm
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Oh, like the "American" Crown

Oh, like the "American" Crown victoria, the workhorse of our nation's police force? Built in Canada. Whatcha think aboot that?

Cobalt? Mexico. Accord. Alabama. Kia? Georgia. Hyundai? Alabama too. BMW? South Carolina. Isuzus are rebadged Chevys. Chevy Aveos are rebadged Korean built Daewoos.

I worked at a Honda parts plant in Aiken, that shipped those parts to final assembly to North Carolina and Alabama.
Two years from now, the VW assembly plant will open in Chattanooga. Union free.

I drive an American car built in Bowling Green, KY. Its a turd. Corvettes are supposed to be the flagship jewel of Chevy. I'm not impressed.

Mahindra would have incresed my pay, leaving me with more money to spend in my community. Papa government got in the way with increased regulation, so here I am.

Free markets. The only way to fly.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 08:06 pm
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I said American made, not

I said American made, not American badged. Chevrolet, Ford,and Chrysler all make cars out of this country. I wouldn't buy one. Nissan,VW,Mitsubishi,Honda ,Kia and I am sure others, make cars in the USA, I might would buy one. No one had mentioned unions, why you bring them up? You are a service tech,right?

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 08:02 pm
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Perhaps the increased

Perhaps the increased regulation was insisting the Mahindra meet all the safety requirements that other manufacturers are required to?

Albert Fernandes
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Albert Fernandes 10/16/10 - 09:43 pm
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Let us not forget that

Let us not forget that American companies produce substantial amounts and sell the in India and the rest of the world. They employ only sales, marketing and back office workers in India. Only a few such as GE have a real research base in India. I must admit that trends are changing as Indian Industry is improving.
Nevertheless the fact remains that India over the last decade has bought more than 20 Billion dollars worth Boeing passenger planes and not even a single rivet was made in India. India bought Boeing P8 LTMR planes for $ 2.1 B. GE has been selected to sell GE414 engines worth about $1 B. India wants to buy more than $10 B worth American fighter jets. Boeing will buy some parts from India but it will be miniscule in comparison.
Frankly, America needs India too. What will happen to Boeing workers in Seattle, Lockheed workers in Atlanta and other parts of USA if India retaliated with a similar attitude?
American economic problems are due to unscrupulous elements on Wall Street and Big Banks. It is also partly due to overspending by both American people and the Government. The good old virtue of saving money is forgotten and most people live beyond their means. Both Republicans and Democrats think they can spend their way out of trouble and pass trillion dollar stimulus packages that will jeopardize future generations. I repeat again – American economic problems are not due to Free Trade.

Some people prefer to believe false propaganda and some just don’t get it.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/16/10 - 09:51 pm
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Where is the false propaganda

Where is the false propaganda in buying American made to save an AMERICANS job?

Albert Fernandes
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Albert Fernandes 10/17/10 - 12:17 am
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Spreading the idea that

Spreading the idea that somehow not buying anything foreign saves American jobs is indeed false propaganda. What if other countries returned the favor and avoided American products? Would that not cost more American jobs? Or do we naively think that other countries will not respond.

Two decades ago America championed free trade. American multinational corporations pushed their products all over the world. Washington created the WTO to force restrictive markets open for American products. Now its becoming a two way street.

I think my argument is clear and here I rest my case. But I must admit, if one were to say they don’t want any imports and are prepared to forego all exports, then, I cannot argue against that. By all means buy only American.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/17/10 - 03:41 am
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You are twisting the

You are twisting the argument. I never said quit exporting, I said I don't buy imports. It's all about OUR jobs.

Albert Fernandes
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Albert Fernandes 10/17/10 - 06:34 am
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What makes you think that

What makes you think that other countries will continue to buy our export products if we don't buy their imports?
Honestly, MY job and innumerable AMERICAN jobs depends on others buying american exports.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/17/10 - 08:14 am
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I don't want my tax $$ going

I don't want my tax $$ going to a business that sends the jobs to other counttries.....we are going in the tank here....when it really is fair trade I can support it....but not now. jmo

Albert Fernandes
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Albert Fernandes 10/17/10 - 11:34 am
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We should aim to export more

We should aim to export more and not import less or shun foreign products. That is very UN-AMERICAN. Americans are hard working and innovative. We should capitalize on these strengths.
We should sell more high technology products to countries like India. We should force China to stop fixing its currency and buy more American products. Instead, we appear to be afraid to stand up to China for fair trade. We should compete with China in Latin America and Africa.
We will win only if we save and invest in industries that are aggressively export oriented and not be paranoid about foreign industry overcoming us.

airbud7
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airbud7 10/17/10 - 01:02 pm
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With the exception of oil,

With the exception of oil, coffee, and some tropical fruits America could be self-sufficient. If we were to start building everything we import there would be an explosion of jobs.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/17/10 - 01:32 pm
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You tell me how to sell a

You tell me how to sell a shirt or pair of shoes to someone who makes 15 cents an hour.

peebhvac
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peebhvac 10/19/10 - 07:21 am
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Buy American "the job you

Buy American "the job you save might be an overpaid Union Worker".

dwb619
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dwb619 10/19/10 - 03:51 pm
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peebhvac, You got anything

peebhvac, You got anything useful to say, or just being a smart aleck? I notice you're a sheetmetal worker"hvac", that have any bearing on your sarcastic comment?

dwb619
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dwb619 10/19/10 - 05:24 pm
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I'll buy AMERCAN MADE, union

I'll buy AMERCAN MADE, union or open-shop. How many AMERICANS have you put out of work?

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Riverman1 10/19/10 - 07:51 pm
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Well, we could do the buy

Well, we could do the buy American thing if we decided to stop trading with other countries, but that's not going to happen. Corporations today are multinational with complicated ownwership that includes many Americans. When you start limiting imports, you run into the problem of your exports being limited.

Doesn't it really come down to who can make the best vehicle for your money? I promise that will win in the long run. Look at Honda, etc. America has to make better products cheaper where the consumer will be wise spending his money on them. We have gotten off the right track with our work ethic and exorbitant wages.

dwb619
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dwb619 10/20/10 - 01:10 am
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You people keep trying to

You people keep trying to frame this as some sort of governmental action. It is not. It is merely a personal choice, with an individuals own money, to protect the jobs of AMERICANS, by buying AMERICAN made. It's not a political thing, just PATRIOTIC.

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