Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) has opened a new North American HQ and manufacturing operation in Michigan. It is also reported that its expansion plans for the US could include selling an electric vehicle.
The expansion is part of a US$230m, investment in Southeast Michigan that also includes a recently-opened warehouse and logistics operation in Pontiac and an existing prototype operation in Troy. In total, Mahindra says it has grown to 400,000 sq ft across three Detroit area facilities. Over the past 18 months, MANA will have tripled its workforce to 250. By 2020, additional planned projects will result in 400 more jobs and another $600m in local investment over that same period. In addition, MANA will continue to provide Metro Detroit-based engineering support for new vehicle platform development for India and global markets.
The new facility will produce an off-highway vehicle which will ‘extend Mahindra’s current position in this growing segment’. It will be designed and engineered by MANA.
“This is an exciting day for Mahindra, our terrific employees and Detroit. I couldn’t be prouder to be here to help open this new facility today,” said Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra. “This building opening represents our company’s growing presence in North America and locally in the Metro Detroit area where we have tripled our workforce during the past 18 months. We are committed to growing the Mahindra brand in North America and Michigan.”
Mahindra was recently named as one of five vehicle manufacturers selected by the United State Postal Service (USPS) to produce prototype delivery trucks for testing and evaluation. At the request of the USPS, details about the program will be available at a later date.
In September, Mahindra and Ford said they will develop an alliance to leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and Mahindra’s scale in India. Electrification is high up on the list of areas of potential future collaboration between the two.