Mahindra XUV500 heads to Latin America in September; Chile gets its first!

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013 - 2:01pm IST

Mahindra XUV500 for Australia rear three quartersMahindra’s World SUV is truly going global!

After setting feet in Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Italy, Brazil, the XUV500 will head to Latin America in September.

It is no surprise that the first market will be Chile because during the time of its pan Indian launch, Mahindra had confirmed that the Chile market was a priority. The Indian SUV czar will start the exports of the XUV500 from its Chakan plant to Latin America by September 2013.

M&M is also exploring other markets such as select countries in Africa – Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries such as Russia, Spain, France, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Slovakia.

The automaker has already developed the XUV500 in LHD avatar. A petrol variant along with an automatic version is being developed at Mahindra’s R&D facility. The company is also in the process of updating the XUV500 with a better braking package and an improved infotainment system.

To meet the domestic and export demand, the company is ramping up the production capacity at Chakan. Last June, the capacity was 4,000 units but right now it is 4,500 units per month.

Mahindra ended the 2012 year on a 2012 on a hugely successful note with three smash hit products – XUV500, Quanto and Rexton. In December 2012, M&M’s total sales of passenger vehicles stood at 22,761 units as against 19,341 units in December 2011, a 17.68% growth.


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2 thoughts on “Mahindra XUV500 heads to Latin America in September; Chile gets its first!

  1. Mohammed says:

    Well, it’s true that the XUV is being exported, but its also true that the XUV has failed to attract buyers miserably in all the export markets. The long list of issues with the XUV in India will have an impact on its numbers in the coming days for sure. So lets request M&M to invest more on getting better engineers on board rather than investing in auto journalists to influence public opinion 🙂

    It’s tooooo early to declare the Quanto and Rexton as Hits, leave along term them as Smash Hits ?

    1. Deepak says:

      You are absolutely right Mohammed. I live in Australia. The entire product range from Mahindra is utter failure here. They are selling this P.O.S at a premium price tag here and with no automatic transmission. It would be better for Mahindra to understand that selling one or two cars in every country does not make them a global player. But they should address their quality issues at home first and then try to sell a refined and fool proof product abroad. My request to Mahindra is that don’t give more chance to the people world over to humiliate the Indians.


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