JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mahindra South Africa is importing a fourth ”business line” into South Africa but not with trucks, bakkies or cars – in fact they are going along with the current excitement of election fever…
Like millions of voters, the company is going to the country but with a fourth business line – a range of farming equipment and powerful tractors.
The entire equipment range is being showcased: tractors and Hisarlar implements sourced from India and Turkey and Sampo combines from Finland still on the way.
The announcement was made at a gala event in North West province on May 3 2019.
Arvind Mathew, Mahindra’s chief of international operations, told The Corner in a media release: ”Mahindra has made humanity’s innate desire to rise our driving purpose.
”We challenge conventional thinking and use our resources to drive positive change for people and around the world, to enable them to rise. South Africa is a key market for us.
‘We’ve embraced South Africa as our home outside India with a strong presence and had initial success with generators and construction equipment but feel it’s the right time to introduce farming solutions.”
Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra SA, added: “Mahindra is the world’s largest tractor manufacturer by volume and many of our models are designed for markets that demand tough and efficient solutions for harsh conditions such as those in South Africa.”
TWO RANGES, VARIOUS MODELS
Mahindra is one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in SA with its bakkies and SUV’s and has set up an assembly plant in Durban. Two tractor ranges were on show: its 7500 and 6000 ranges with a number of models.
The 7500 series have a heavy duty cast-iron chassis bearing two- and all-wheel drive with the option of power take-off systems while the 6000 series has a four-cylinder turbodiesel engine – also with he option of a PTO.
All models mentioned will be delivered with a two-year or 2500 hours’ operation warranty and service kit.
‘ACCESSORIES’ COMING TOO…
A ‘luxury-cab’ model with a power-shift transmission is being homologated.
”The farming implements,” their maker says, ”can handle every step of the crop cycle and qualify for use in various soil conditions and applications.”
The range of includes:
For tilling, there are heavy chisels, ploughs, harrows, rotary tillers and power harrows
There are also fertiliser spreaders, mulchers, shredders, rakes, square balers and a combined harvester coming down the production furrow.