Hindustan Motors Mitsubishi joint venture will be launching much awaited new model of the legendary SUV Pajero in India by the first quarter of 2012. HM Mitsubishi was supposed to unveil their new cars in India at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, but due to recent Thai floods, the Japanese car manufacturer had to alter their plans.
Speaking about the announcement, Mr Manoj Jha, MD, Hindustan Motors Ltd., said, “We had decided to launch Pajero as well as new variants from the HM stable at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. However, some dislocation of operations at Mitsubishi Motors’ Thailand facility due to natural calamity and unexpected events compelled us to alter our plans for participation in the auto show.”
The new Pajero is expected to be priced between Rs. 20 Lakhs to Rs. 25 Lakhs price bracket. The Pajero will comes a 7 seater model with safety features like ABS and airbags as standard. A 215 mm ground clearance and super select 4-wheel drive system ensures the Pajero Sport will maintain the go anywhere attitude that the Pajero is known for. The new Pajero will roll out from Chennai plant of Hindustan Motors.
Speaking about their new cars to be launched in India next year, Mr Jha said, “One of our passenger carrier variants is expected to get approval from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) soon. Other commercial variants built on the Ambassador platform are also in the pipeline. Market research is being conducted across different states to elicit customer feedback on the new products. The rescheduled launch of Pajero and HM stable vehicles will start from the first quarter of the coming year (2012) with appropriate publicity.”
“The company is confident of ramping up volumes through these variants. We will start rolling out our new product portfolio from the next quarter onwards. We hope that it will add significant volume to the company in the months to come,” Mr Jha added.
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Source – Paultan