Mahindra in Running for U.S. Postal Vehicle Contract
India’s Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. says it will build a second assembly plant in Michigan if it lands a big contract to supply small delivery trucks to the U.S. Postal Service.
The USPO has said it will award a six-year, $6 billion contract this summer to supply 180,000 next-generation vehicles and repair parts. The trucks will replace the service’s Grumman LLV vans (pictured) that have been delivering mail for decades, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.
Mahindra opened a facility in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills last year to assemble its off-road Roxor SUV for the American market. The Roxor is a variant of the World War II Willys Overland Jeep, predecessor of the modern Jeep CJ model, which Mahindra has been making in India for more than 70 years.
CEO Rick Haas says Mahindra Automotive N. America’s Michigan plant currently is making Roxor models—which aren’t street legal—at a rate of 30 per day. He adds that the company is eyeing three sites in Michigan for a second factory if Mahindra wins the USPO contract.
Haas says the company is developing six future products for the U.S. market that could be paired with postal vehicle production at a new facility, according to CDB.
Several years back, one of the authors visited a major North American assembly plant engaged in the launch of a new vehicle program. A "ramp-up" schedule was prominently displayed on a bulletin board deep in the heart of the plant. The schedule indicated that the day of the visit was the same day the plant was originally planned to achieve full capacity production of its new product. Yet the plant was actually producing only a few units an hour! The assembly plant's tardiness is certainly not uncommon, but did contribute to our interest in the wide range in vehicle launch performance across major vehicle firms.
In two hours or less, you can create fairly sophisticated animations from your CAD system's solid models so that people who know nothing more than how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint on their Windows-based computers can better understand a part or assembly design
I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind. Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?