Mahindra XUV500, Reva e2o, SsangYong and much more at 2013 Johannesburg Motor Show
Mahindra South Africa is a fully own subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra India, part of $16 billion Mahindra Group. At the ongoing 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show, Mahindra SA has not only shown new cars of Mahindra and SsangYong, but have also introduced 5 year/150,000 kms warranty on select models.
Mahindra vehicles on display include XUV500 SUV, Quanto compact SUV (which will be soon launched in S Africa), Mahindra Scorpio SUV, Xylo MPV, and the all new and revolutionizing, Mahindra Reva e2o electric car. Mahindra has also shown two new SsangYong vehicles, Korando C SUV and Rodius MUV. Both these will be launched in 2014 in South Africa.
Speaking about the same, CEO of Mahindra SA, Ashok Thakur, said, “Our display at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show gives a good indication of how Mahindra has extended its local range as well as giving a glimpse into the future with our Mahindra Reva e2o electric city car. Mahindra will be entering the increasingly competitive compact SUV market with our new Mahindra Quanto. From a customer’s perspective we are excited about launching the new 5-year/150 000km warranty for XUV500 and the Scorpio Pik-Up Double cab.” For more information, scroll through the press release below.
MAHINDRA DISPLAYS CURRENT AND FUTURE MODELS AT JOHANNESBURG MOTOR SHOW
Mahindra South Africa is displaying a range of its current and future models at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The range includes the established Scorpio Pick-up, Xylo MPV, and XUV 500 SUV as well as the upcoming Quanto Compact SUV and Reva e2o electric hatchback which is a city car that could come to South Africa in the future.
Mahindra Reva e2o – a solution for Emission-Free driving
The Mahindra Group, a US$16.2-billion multinational federation based in Mumbai, India, which employs more than 155 000 people in over 100 countries, is applying its wide variety of skills to ensure its automotive division is at the leading edge in terms of technological developments.
This includes sustainability where emission-free electric power is seen as a practical solution for city motoring. An important step in bringing this strategy to fruition was the take-over of Reva a dedicated electric vehicle producer in India in 2010.
The acquisition of Reva has resulted in Mahindra marketing the Mahindra Reva e2o city car in India and this model has been brought to South Africa for display at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The Mahindra Reva e2o is an example of Mahindra’s forward thinking and the company has sold more than 5,000 electric cars in 26 countries worldwide.
Mahindra may consider marketing this car in South Africa in the future. This is dependent on the future announcement of the policy on electric vehicles.
The Mahindra Reva e2o is a two-door hatchback with seating for four adults. It is powered by a 3-phase induction motor which develops 19kW of power and 53Nm of torque with the energy source being a 48V maintenance-free battery. The transmission is automatic, so the car is very easy to drive, with its compact dimensions and a 3.9m turning circle making it easy to manoeuvre in city driving. Mahindra sees it as the Future of Mobility.
The Mahindra Reva e2o has a top speed of over 100km/h and a range of 160km on a full charge, which takes five hours from a standard 15A household socket. One hour of charging will provide a range of 20km. The car also features regenerative braking which reduces wear on the braking system while putting energy back into the battery as you drive.
The pre-coloured ABS body panels that cover the metal framework are dent resistant and since they are not painted it is very difficult to see any scratches on them.
The energy management system and 10 on-board computers provide real-time information to the driver. Self-diagnosis sends alerts in case of a fault being identified. The versatile infotainment system offers a host of media options to choose from and helps plan your daily trips with the built in satellite navigation system.
In case your Mahindra Reva e2o is low on energy you can use an app on your Smartphone to activate a reserve charge to get you going again. The apps can also lock and unlock the car and switch on the cooling system remotely.
Mahindra Quanto Compact SUV coming to SA soon
Mahindra will be entering the increasingly competitive compact SUV market within the next month with its very spacious Quanto, which is based on the Xylo platform. South Africa will be the first country outside India to market this new addition to the growing Mahindra range of SUVs.
Besides being exceptionally spacious the new model is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel engine which develops 89kW of power and a class-leading 290Nm of torque. It also delivers outstanding fuel economy of 7.6l/100km on the combined test cycle.
It is the only vehicle in its class which has a separate chassis for added ruggedness. The Quanto has plenty of off-road credibility too with the highest ground clearance (200mm) of any of its rivals.
Mahindra sees it as an ideal lifestyle vehicle that makes “weekdays feel like weekends”. Initially it will be offered in two-wheel, rear drive configuration, but a 4×4 version will be introduced in the future.
The Quanto is a five-seater in a 2+3 configuration with the rear seat having a divided backrest that can be folded to increase load versatility. The spare wheel is mounted on the tailgate so it does not take up any usable space inside the vehicle and it also gives the Quanto a definitive SUV appearance.
Standard equipment levels are generous and include air conditioning, a radio/CD audio system which is MP3 compatible, remote keyless entry, electrically adjustable mirrors and front and rear power windows.
Mahindra XUV 500
The Mahindra XUV 500 was launched in South Africa just prior to the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show and has proved one of the most popular models in the growing Mahindra product line-up being marketed in SA.
The high specification XUV range consists of two-and four-wheel drive derivatives all powered by a transversely-mounted, four-cylinder, 2,2-litre mHawk turbo diesel engine, which develops 103kW of power at 3 750r/min and 330Nm of torque between 1,600 – 2 800r/min.
The Micro Hybrid Stop-Start system cuts fuel consumption and emissions. It puts the engine in standby mode 2,5 seconds after selecting neutral at a traffic signal or in a traffic jam. The engine restarts automatically when you put your foot on the clutch.
The transmission is a six-speed manual, with a low ratio transfer box for the all-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive system on the W8 AWD version has an interactive torque management system which switches seamlessly from front to all wheel drive.
The XUV 500 is a spacious seven-seater SUV of monocoque construction (no separate chassis frame) with an up-to-date mechanical specification and a high level of standard equipment. There is a choice of seven exterior body colours.
The model on show is fitted with a number of approved Mahindra accessories, including the Tubular Nudge Bar and Stainless Steel Side Rails.
For total peace of mind, XUV500 now comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km warranty and a 3-year/60 000km service plan.
Two derivatives of the Scorpio Pik-Up will be on display – a single cab workhorse and an example of the new Scorpio Double-Cab Adventure Series 2 developed by Mahindra in conjunction with LA Sport. This new model has been introduced following successful sales of the original Adventure special edition.
The Scorpio Adventure Series 2 features a LA Sport-supplied steel canopy with a roof-mounted tent and a built-in drawer system, with all the accessories being finished in matt black to provide a distinctive appearance.
For total peace of mind, Scorpio Pik-Up Double cab now comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km powertrain warranty, 3-year/100 000 km standard warranty and a 3-year/60 000km service plan.
This versatile Xylo model E8 people-carrier not only sports a fresh new look but also reflects the bold styling of Mahindra’s successful XUV 5OO. The substantial revisions to the exterior appearance continue to the interior, which have a premium feel with several new features. The model is very competitively priced and comes with a 3-year/60,000km service plan.
What strikes one on opening the doors are the sumptuous seats trimmed with genuine Italian leather. The sleek appearance of the new two-tone dashboard is enhanced with insets of glossy wood panels, while there is a neatly styled centre console and a host of storage spaces.
The second and third row seats fold flat for added versatility when loads have to be transported. They can even be used as a bed while on long journeys.
The vast improvements in this spacious vehicle extend to the standard features and equipment. There is a comprehensive Climate Control System with outlets for all three rows of seats, a 2-DIN audio system with controls on the steering wheel, foldable trays behind the first and second rows of seats, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity which allow you to pair a cellphone and MP3 player with the audio system.
The Xylo is powered by the proven mHawk 2.2-litre diesel engine, which develops 89kW of power at 4 000r/min and delivers 290Nm of torque between 2 400–2 800 r/min. It is linked to a smooth-shifting five-speed manual gearbox.
TWO NEW SSANGYONG MODELS PREVIEWED AT JOHANNESBURG MOTOR SHOW
Two new SsangYong vehicles – the restyled Korando C SUV and the new Rodius multi-purpose utility vehicle (MUV) – are being previewed at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show. Both will be launched in 2014.
Other vehicles on display will be the recently launched Rexton W SUV and an Actyon Sport Double Cab lifestyle pick-up fitted with SsangYong-approved accessories.
The SsangYong range of vehicles has been distributed in South Africa by Mahindra SA since April 2012 and follows the acquisition of the South Korean vehicle manufacturer in 2011 by the Mahindra Group, based in Mumbai, India.
SsangYong Korando C SUV:
The popular Korando C SUV has been given a major restyling inside and out.
The frontal appearance has changed significantly with the mesh radiator grille being made slimmer and wider, while the new projector headlight assembly incorporates LED daytime running lights.
The dynamic image is accentuated at the rear with the continuation of the side character line, a wide tailgate and a redesigned tail lamp assembly.
The interior appearance has been upgraded too. The new fabric seat covers are more luxurious in appearance while being harder wearing too. Standard equipment includes a full range of convenience and comfort items with the full spectrum of media options such as MP3, Bluetooth hands-free and i-Pod/i-Phone connectivity.
There is a choice of two-litre petrol or turbo-diesel engines and the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. There is a choice of front wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Towing capability is among the best in its class at 2 000kg for the Diesel Korando.
Safety is also improved with six airbags and active head restraints.
SsangYong Rodius MUV:
The innovative new model, which will be launched in South Africa in the first quarter of 2014, has the appearance of a large SUV, the driving comfort and features of a sedan and the practicality of an MPV as it can seat up to 7 adults comfortably. SsangYong’s design and product engineering teams spent two and a half years developing the Rodius MUV at a cost of R1,5-billion.
This new model reflects SsangYong’s product philosophy of being robust and a premium speciality product with the versatility to satisfy a wide variety of driving and transport requirements. It has a family look that is similar to the mid-size Korando C SUV.
The seats can be flattened or folded, while those making up the second and third rows are able to be transformed into tables. Folding the seats in the second and third rows increases cargo space to 3 240-litres.
The Rodius is powered by SsangYong’s e-XDI200 LET engine, which is a 2-litre turbo diesel developing 114kW of power and 360N.m of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 5-speed automatic transmission.
The Rodius has a high level of luxury equipment as standard as well as a number of safety systems including electronic stability control.
SsangYong Rexton W SUV:
The flagship Rexton W SUV continues to be highly capable off-road, but is now more modern and sophisticated in terms of its exterior and interior appearance as well as its equipment levels. Development of the Rexton W has taken two and a half years and represents an investment of almost R1-billion in research and development.
The Rexton W is powered by a 2,7-litre turbo diesel engine. The engine drives the wheels via a six speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic gearbox sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
The extensive list of standard equipment is accompanied by an impressive list of safety features, including electronic stability control, active roll-over protection, tyre pressure monitoring and an ultrasonic warning system.
SsangYong Actyon Sports Lifestyle Double Cab:
The Actyon Sports lifestyle Double cab pick-up has undergone a major face lift which involved extensive restyling of the exterior. This extended to the grille, headlamps, front bumper and fenders, bonnet and new-look alloy wheels, as well as a redesign of the side panels for the loadbox and tailgate.
The model on display at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show is fitted with a number of SsangYong approved accessories direct from Korea. These include a front nudge bar, front and rear skid protection plates, side window visors, hard deck covers and side steps.
The interior of the latest Actyon Sports has been refreshed substantially with a new instrument cluster and a centre facia panel with bright metal finish.
Convenience items that have been added include MP3 player and Bluetooth compatibility for the audio system, while the deluxe model has gained cruise control and a trip computer.
Equipment on the standard models includes manual air conditioning, 16” alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, power windows and an alarm immobiliser. Additional equipment on the deluxe version includes climate control, 18” alloy wheels, cruise control, leather-covered steering wheel, rear fog lamp and parking assistance.
The cargo box measuring 2 m2 has enough space to carry motorcycles and any other bulky objects. A moulded cargo box lining comes as standard.
Improved safety aspects include a child seat anchorage system on the bench rear seat, while the deluxe model now gets an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
There are three models in the Actyon Sport range. Two are part-time four-wheel drive, one with a petrol engine and the other a deluxe version powered by a two-litre turbo diesel engine. The third derivative is a two-wheel drive diesel.
The high efficiency petrol engine of 2,3-litres delivers 110kW of power and 214N.m of torque, while the 2-litre diesel puts out 114kW of power and 360N.m of torque
The diesel engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the petrol variant has a five-speed gearbox.
Towing is a strong point with the Actyon Sport and it can pull a braked trailer of up to 2 300kg for diesel variant and 1 800 kg for the petrol.
A highlight of the presentation to the media today (Thursday, October 18) was the announcement of a 5-Year Freedom for the SsangYong vehicle range. This consists of a 5-year/90 000km guaranteed buy-back, 5-year/90 000km service plan, 5-year/150 000km warranty and roadside assistance.
MAHINDRA LAUNCHES 5-YEAR/150 000KM WARRANTY ON SELECTED MODELS
Mahindra SA, which is now also responsible for the sales and marketing of SsangYong products in Southern Africa, gave strong backing to its product offerings in South Africa with the announcement at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) of a 5-year/150 000km factory warranty on the popular XUV500 SUV and the same cover on the power train of the Scorpio double cab Pik-Up.
In addition a 5-Year Freedom Plan was announced at the same time for the SsangYong vehicle range. This consists of a 5-year/90 000km guaranteed buy-back, 5-year/90 000km service plan, 5-year/150 000km warranty and roadside assistance.
Mahindra SA continues to show strong sales growth. Mahindra was the fastest growing automotive brand in SA in 2012 and over the past two years the company’s sales volume has grown by 170%.
“Since the last Johannesburg International Motor Show, Mahindra’s sales have increased by 156%, while SsangYong sales have increased by 287% in the last year,” said the CEO of Mahindra SA, Ashok Thakur, addressing the media at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.
“We are a fully-owned subsidiary of Mahindra, the US$16.2-billion multinational federation based in Mumbai, India, and are very pleased with our progress as we head to complete nine years of successful operation in this region. We have weathered the ups and downs of business, which included the global economic meltdown, and I believe the experience gained in tough times has made us a stronger company.
“During this period we have built a countrywide network of more than 60 dealers, with 36 dealers having the SsangYong franchise, and the network continues to grow,” added the Mahindra SA CEO.
Thakur went on to say that his team was very aware of not only offering a comprehensive range of products, but also the necessity for top quality after sales back-up in terms of parts and service. Our first time pick of parts is running at more than 95% and parts sales had increased by 70% over the past 12 months.
“Since April 2012, Mahindra South Africa is distributing SsangYong products in Southern Africa. This is a major building block in our strategy to make Mahindra a much bigger player in Southern Africa. We not only have an extended product range, but provided our dealers with an additional brand.”
It was announced recently that the takeover of SsangYong by Mahindra was already bearing fruit internationally for the two companies in terms of research and development and the opportunities for both brands for expanding into new markets. Mahindra has committed to nurturing the SsangYong brand in more markets while preserving its Korean heritage.
SsangYong made a profit in the second quarter of 2013 and has started a second shift at its plant in Korea to meet growing demand for its vehicles. The company also concluded wage negotiations recently without a labour strike for the fourth consecutive year.