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Marshal with new features at no extra cost news
17 September 1999

The Mahindras believe trimmings are no short cut to higher market share. Instead, it must be value for money. The group has answered the Tatas'' move to introduce a stripped-down version of its Sumo with a value-added Marshal at no extra cost.

The new Marshal that will reach the market in about two months will have a new engine, DI3200, instead of the present DI series, booster brakes, a new generation chassis, a newly-designed instrument panel and ergonomically-designed seats. The new engine is expected to give better ride and handling for the vehicle. And there is no proposal to increase the price of the vehicle.

The Marshal will continue to be available ex-showroom, Mumbai, at Rs 3.85 lakh, inclusive of local sales tax and dealer commission, but excluding insurance, octroi, transport department tax and handling charges. The stripped down Sumo is priced at Rs 3.96 lakh.

Telco launched its new Sumo, sans side step and wheel caps, in the first week of September with a price cut of Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000.

Both Telco and Mahindra & Mahindra have suffered from sales declines in this segment. Their responses are, however, very different. Telco believes a price cut will help increase market share. On the other hand, Mahindra & Mahindra, whose margins on its vehicles are already thin, is looking at value addition without a price hike as the solution. It is too early to assess the impact.

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Marshal with new features at no extra cost