Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
3 minute read
22 Jan 2020
9:44 am

Automatic gearbox uplifts Mahindra Pik-Up’s appeal

Mark Jones

Love or hate the styling, no other bakkie in South Africa looks like it.

I have been around the motor industry for quite a long time and I can honestly say I have never driven a Mahindra before last week, when the Indian manufacturer’s new Pik-Up S11 automatic bakkie was launched. My ignorance when it comes to the brand and its products is right up there, but I was told that Mahindra was recognised as South Africa’s fastest-growing brand in 2019. According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA), Mahindra grew by 28.7% last year, while the overall market declined by 2.8% in the same period. So, it must be doing something right,...