Mahindra’s utility vehicles reach Namibia with a promise of affordability

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Kaustubh Shinde,

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The new year brings a new brand to Namibia – it’s none other than our homegrown Mahindra.

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Mahindra has tied up with Spes Bona Motor Company to launch a selection of Mahindra SUV’s in Namibia. Bona Motor Company is already an official dealer for many brands in Namibia such as Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Citroen.

Mahindra’s South African partner is expanding its dealership footprint in Southern Africa, of which Namibia is now a part. Namibia joins the list of 100 countries in where Mahindra is present. Two products will be introduced initially – the 2.2 turbo diesel Scorpio PikUp and the Mahindra XUV500.

The Scorpio PikUp is expected to do well in Namibia, according to the local media depending on its good looks, durability and rugged nature. It will be available in three models – single cab, double cab and SUV. It will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 derivatives with the entry price of N$ 156,990 (about 9.42 lakhs INR).

The Mahindra XUV500 will also head to Namibia with the trusted 2.2-litre 4-cylinder mHawk diesel and a starting price of N$ 257,900 (about 15.59 lakhs).

All models sold in Namibia are fitted with dual airbags and ABS as standard. Mahindra is targeting farmers and local businessmen with their models. We should see Mahindra introducing more vehicles once its tested the Namibian waters with these two cars.

Fully trained Mahindra technicians will take care of the servicing aspect at a workshop facility in Hyper Motor City.

[Source: Allafrica.com]

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