Mahindra invests in skills development

19 Apr 2021

  • Modern new training facility to facilitate in-person and online training
  • Centre is the next step in local expansion that includes new warehouse, fitment centre, and assembly facility

April 19, 2021, Centurion. Mahindra South Africa last week officially opened the doors of its new Training Centre in Gauteng.

The new centre is located in Centurion and it more than doubles the available space of its predecessor. It will be used for all internal and dealer training and will also welcome dealers and staff from other countries in the Southern African Development Community.

“With the growth of the Mahindra brand in recent years, we have completely outgrown our previous technical training facility. The new Training Centre will allow us to train more people more often. Ultimately, this renewed focus on training and skills development should reflect in even better customer service on the showroom floor,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

The new Training Centre takes into consideration the impact of recent lockdowns and thus offers a mix of in-person and online training. The latter is made possible by modern technology that allows Mahindra’s training team to provide classroom and interactive style training to remote learners.

The Training Centre is also equipped with a dedicated workshop and a simulated sales environment that allow attendees to apply their training immediately and be tested on their skills and competence.

With its comprehensive list of training programmes, the Training Centre offers full training certification for all of its technical and inter-personal courses. All courses were developed by Mahindra’s own technical specialists, specifically for South Africa.

The opening coincides with the next round of our global Tekfest technical training competition. Tekfest is Mahindra’s global competition for technical personnel and service advisors. It combines various rounds of online and in-person evaluations to select South Africa’s best technical specialists.

Technicians from all over the country compete in 18 different categories in three different specialist fields – technicians, diagnostic technicians and service advisors. The competition not only tests different levels of competency, but it pits the best of the best against those from other Mahindra countries, with the overall winners competing in the global Mahindra Tekfest competition.

“Our Mahindra technicians can certainly hold their own against their counterparts from other parts of the world. We believe that the new Training Centre will help us maintain this high level of technical competence and at the same time help train the many more sales and technical staff that are joining the Mahindra brand every month,” says Rajesh.

Mahindra last week opened its new national warehouse and parts distribution centre. It follows other new developments, including the Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng, new dealers in rural areas in South Africa and the large vehicle assembly facility in Durban, where it assembles the Pik Up for the local as well as the export market.

“South Africa is the regional hub for Mahindra and the brand’s second home outside of India. We will continue to support all levels of skill development to support the growing demand for Mahindra vehicles and the planned expansion on the continent,” says Rajesh.

Source: https://mahindra.co.za/

Mahindra opens new state-of-the-art warehouse in Linbro Park

08 Apr 2021

April 8 2021; Johannesburg:  Mahindra South Africa today opened the doors to its new national parts warehouse in Linbro Business Park in Gauteng.

The new warehouse, situated near the intersection of the N1, M1 and N3 highways in Johannesburg, is more than 30% larger than Mahindra’s Jet Park warehouse. A special shelving system more than doubles the available storage space, allowing it to centralise all parts storage in this new location.

“Mahindra has been recognised as the fastest growing volume brand for two of the last three years as we welcomed a record number of new owners to the fold. This growth in our vehicle parc and the rapid increase in franchised dealers have necessitated the larger warehouse,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

Besides being significantly larger than its predecessor, the new warehouse is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that tracks all parts in real time. This creates a completely paperless environment and allows the warehouse staff to receive, fill and dispatch orders in the quickest possible time.

“The new warehouse has been designed to significantly speed up our order filling and dispatch process. As all parts are tracked and dispatched electronically, we are able to fill orders much faster than before and ship them within hours of receipt,” says Rajesh.

The new warehouse was officially opened today by the Mahindra team, but it has been in trial operation since November 2020. During this time, the more than 33 000 parts lines were moved from Jet Park at night and added to the new electronic system to be immediately available the next day. This proved the efficiency of the new electronic system and ensured that there were no disruptions in the delivery of parts to dealers.

The new Linbro Park Parts Warehouse is the latest in a series of investments from Mahindra starting from 2018, which saw it establish a manufacturing facility in Durban, a new Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng and a new head office in Centurion, Gauteng.

During the same time, Mahindra grew its dealer footprint in Southern Africa to include new dealers as far afield as Louis Trichardt, Lephalale and Mahikeng and in neighbouring Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana and even Zambia.

“When we opened our vehicle assembly facility in Durban, we said that South Africa is Mahindra’s second home outside India and an important springboard to the rest of the continent. Our subsequent investments have underscored this commitment and placed us in a perfect position to grow further.”

Source: https://mahindra.co.za/

Mahindra and Arrive Alive partner for Safer Drives, Safer Lives

22 Feb 2021

Mahindra and ArriveAlive.co.za is taking to the road to help drive road safety awareness across South Africa.

The two entities have signed an agreement to help improve South African motorists’ awareness of road safety principles and responsible road use. They will also work together to educate motorists about the importance of vehicle safety equipment.

Called “Safer drives, Safer lives”, the information campaign will build on a similar campaign by Mahindra in India, where it recently received the Safer Choice Award from the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP). This Award was given to Mahindra for achieving the highest crash-test score ever recorded for a vehicle in this country.

The GNCAP has since ratified its crash-test score for the same model – the XUV300 – in South Africa, giving it a full five-star vehicle safety rating and making it the safest vehicle ever tested for the South African market and ranked first on its #SaferCarsForAfrica rankings.

“Vehicle safety awareness is very often neglected in favor of performance features or creature comforts. We would like to educate the public to also consider a vehicle’s safety credentials and to understand the role and operation of the various safety features in their vehicle,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

The Safer Drives, Safer Lives campaign kicks off in cyberspace, with an educational series focused on vehicle safety equipment and how to use it effectively. This series will also aim to educate the public on the difference between active and passive safety equipment and on the role that responsible driving plays in ensuring Safer Drives, Safer Lives.

“South Africa has a very high road accident and fatality rate and all too often the cause is linked to driver error and a misunderstanding of vehicle dynamics and safety equipment. We hope to address this with the Safer Drives, Safer Lives campaign and look forward to working with the team at Mahindra South Africa,” says Advocate Johan Jonck, manager of the ArriveAlive.co.za initiative.

The campaign will kick off on www.arrivealive.co.za and its various social media channels with a series on vehicle safety equipment and crash-test ratings. This will include features on passive safety equipment like ISOFIX anchor points for child seats, airbags, and side-impact bars, and dynamic safety equipment like ABS brakes with the electronic brake-force distribution.

“Once our online campaign is firmly established, we will hit the road with our upgraded XUV300 for a series of fun and educational safety events across South Africa. Here, we will demonstrate the role of different safety features and the importance of safe and defensive driving to media and the public,” says Rajesh.

The road safety campaign will kick off in Mpumalanga and make its way through Gauteng, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

For more information on the campaign, please visit www.mahindra.co.za or www.arrivealive.co.za and follow the associated social media channels, with the hashtags:

#MahindraSA / #SaferDrivesSaferLives / #SaferCarsForAfrica / #SaferCarsForSouthAfrica

Source: https://mahindra.co.za/

Mahindra XUV300 receives highest ever 5-star safety rating for Africa from Global NCAP

28 Jan 2021

  • Sets new benchmark in Safety with first 5-star safety rating for all vehicles tested in Africa by Global NCAP, with highest ever score
  • XUV300 becomes the safest car ever tested by GNCAP for Africa

January 28 2021; Pretoria: Mahindra South Africa, part of the USD 19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today announced that its compact SUV, the XUV300, has been awarded the highest 5-Star Safety Rating by Global NCAP. With this global recognition, the XUV300 becomes the first ever vehicle in Africa to score the highest safety rating among cars tested so far by Global NCAP.

The XUV300 has also become one of the vehicles in Africa to score a 4-Star child safety rating. It is noteworthy that side-impact performance is a pre-requisite for a 5-Star safety rating, and the XUV300 side-impact performance has been one of the best among all 5-star-rated cars.

The #SaferCarsForAfrica safety rating shows that XUV300 received 5-star rating for its adult protection in the GNCAP crash tests with the highest ever score. The XUV300 sets a new safety benchmark for Africa.

“Mahindra has made a public commitment to provide the safest vehicles possible and the GNCAP rating is a welcome accolade and a first for Africa from the global authority on vehicle safety tests. It is also a sign of things to come from all future models of Mahinda,” says Arvind Mathew, Chief of International Operations at Mahindra & Mahindra.

According to Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa, “A 5-star rating from the GNCAP is the best-possible confirmation that safety is integrated into the very design and structure of the Mahindra XUV300. If one combines the vehicle’s passive safety with its performance, including its exemplary road holding and dynamic handling, it is the perfect SUV for the South African family. It boasts of an unmatched value proposition in terms of style, safety, performance and features.”

The Mahindra XUV300, with its many segment-leading safety features including 7 airbags, disc brakes on all 4 wheels, front parking sensors and heated outside rear-view mirrors (ORVMs) for improved visibility, offers fortress-like safety that is unmatched.

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FORTRESS-LIKE SAFETY IN XUV300

The XUV300 offers some class leading and best-in-segment safety features*:

  • Class leading 7 airbags, including knee airbag, dual-front, side and curtain airbags.
  • First-in-class front parking sensors
  • ISOFIX child seat mounts
  • Disc brakes on all 4 wheels 
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Electronic stability program with Dynamic Steering Torque, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Roll-over Mitigation and Traction Control, together with Hill Start Assist.
  • ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) standard across all variants
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • Tyre-tronics (Tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system)
  • Seat belt reminder for all seats

Source: https://mahindra.co.za/

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT is the country’s most budget-friendly compact crossover

10 Nov 2020

  • KUV100 NXT keeps budget-beating momentum from 2019 report
  • New #XPREZ panel van brings value-for-money range to SA businesses

November 10 2020; Pretoria: The Mahindra KUV100 NXT remains the cost-king of the compact crossovers.

The 2020 AA-Kinsey Report, which is compiled and published independently of any manufacturer support, found that the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is one of the most affordable compact crossovers to repair and service.

The report also found that the KUV has the most affordable crash-replacement parts, making it the overall price winner in the compact crossover segment of the study. The crossover segments remain the most crowded and hotly contested segments of the Kinsey report.

The study was led by industry stalwart Malcolm Kinsey, who this year celebrates 30 years of consistently collecting and publishing vehicle parts prices.

Malcolm notes in his report that parts prices, in general, have increased, while crash parts are worryingly high and will affect a vehicle’s insurance premium and the point at which a car is written off in an accident.

In contrast to the general trend, Malcolm noted that the KUV100 NXT has the lowest crash part prices and that its parts basket is an impressive R12 084 lower than that of its nearest rival. The report also notes that the KUV is the second most affordable offering in the entire report, despite the inclusion of a range of entry-level vehicles.

This is the second year that the KUV100 NXT has reigned supreme in its category in the AA-Kinsey Report and it follows similar accolades in the WesBank SA Fuel Economy Tour, which found that the diesel version of the KUV was the most frugal and fuel efficient vehicle in the compact vehicle (A1) category.

“In my years of research, I have found a strong correlation between the parts prices of the vehicles that I include in the report and those of the brand in general. This would mean that Mahindra, as a brand, offers highly affordable parts prices,” says Malcolm.

The findings of the AA-Kinsey Report also hold true for the newly introduced Mahindra KUV100 NXT K2+ #XPREZ panel van, which was introduced earlier this month.

The KUV panel van already has the enviable status of being South Africa’s most affordable panel van and it can now also claim to have the most affordable service and repair costs. Indeed, the order book for this model has seen a significant jump since its launch in October, which is proof positive of the demand for an affordable and reliable compact delivery vehicle such as the #XPREZ.

“The KUV100 NXT competes in a very important segment of the market,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. “The KUV offers true affordability by being competitively priced and offering the lowest cost of ownership. We are very proud of this status and of the hard work we put in to improve our value chain and operating costs to be able to offer parts and components at such a low cost.”

The KUV100 NXT offers the choice of a petrol or diesel engine and many industry-leading features, such as an infotainment system and parking sensors on certain models. With the introduction of the #DARE models, Mahindra has also shown that compact SUVs can be fun and trendy, without breaking the bank.

All models are fitted with air conditioning and dual airbags standard, making the KUV one of the safest vehicles in its class.

Source: https://mahindra.co.za/

Mahindra supports entrepreneurs, businesses with new #XPREZ

28 Oct 2020

  • New KUV #XPREZ panel van launched with 1 350 litre / 350 kg load capacity
  • Exemplary safety features remain, including ABS and dual front airbags
  • #XPREZ available at a market-leading R174 999

October 20 2020; Pretoria: Mahindra South Africa is set to change the appearance of inner-city traffic with the launch of the affordable and spacious Mahindra KUV100 NXT K2+ #XPREZ panel van.

The #XPREZ is available from R174 999 and is based on a Mahindra KUV100 NXT K2+, which means that it also shares the best-in-class low maintenance and repair costs, as validated in the annual AA Kinsey Report.

The new #XPREZ is converted at Mahindra’s Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng to panel van specifications. The conversion process includes the addition of a flat and highly durable load area in the place of a rear bench seat and two cargo nets as standard.

Mahindra also adds a safety barrier from laser-cut steel mesh between the load area and the two front occupants and a fire extinguisher as standard. The #XPREZ further retains the KUV100’s safety features, which include dual front airbags and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD).

“In recent years, we have seen a rapid growth in online retailing and general delivery services. This has only accelerated during the lockdown, as we have become more comfortable with our new online lives and the option of ordering in,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

“We have also seen many people start small businesses and side-hustles to replace or supplement their pre-COVID careers, with many of these entrepreneurs looking for a reliable, affordable and spacious delivery vehicle.”

In its standard form, the #XPREZ can load 350 kg of packages, with best in class access to the cargo through the side doors and very wide rear hatch door. Indeed, the #XPREZ’s load bay can swallow 1 350 litres of cargo, making it possible to transport odd-shaped objects and standard delivery boxes alike.

In keeping with best practice, the side and rear windows are blocked out to discourage any prying eyes, with additional metal barriers fitted to the inside of these windows.

As the #XPREZ shares the genes of the K2+, it features comfort features such as power steering and air conditioning as standard. To this, Mahindra has added a radio and central locking to the #XPREZ, creating a comfortable and convenient vehicle for all-day drivers.

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT made headlines in 2019 and again in 2020, after it was chosen as the most affordable compact SUV to maintain and repair in South Africa. The diesel KUV added another accolade to its mantlepiece later that year when it was proven to be the most frugal vehicle in its class in the WesBank Fuel Economy Tour.

The #XPREZ is fitted with Mahindra’s popular 1.2-litre mFalcon petrol engine. The engine delivers 61 kW and 115 Nm and has a rated fuel consumption of 5.9 litres/100 km in a combined cycle.

“The KUV100 NXT has proven to be the ideal vehicle for our new, locally developed #XPREZ. Its SUV design and 170 mm ground clearance mean that it can comfortably transport a large volume of packages, while not being restricted to any type of road condition,” says Rajesh.

The Mahindra KUV100 NXT #XPREZ is available immediately from Mahindra dealers across Southern Africa at R174 999.

Source: https://mahindra.co.za/

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