Mahindra Research Valley - Mahindra's New R&D Center in Chennai


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Mahindra Opens R&D Center in Chennai

Mahindra invests Rs 650 crore in the R&D project. New engine platforms, next-gen hybrids and new dual clutch transmission to be developed.

Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has just inaugurated its ambitious R&D Centre known as the Mahindra Research Valley (MRV). Located in Chennai, MRV, in which M&M has invested Rs 650 crore, is spread across 126 acres.

There are, in all, 34 laboratories plus projects ranging from new engine platform to the next-generation hybrid vehicles. What will see the light of the day within a few years will be a new engine family. Consisting of six engine variants, the first engine is already in its initial stages of development and the first firing has taken place, reveals Dr Pawan Goenka, president, M&M and chairman, SsangYong. These engines will power the future Mahindra and SsangYong vehicles.

Along with a new engine family, Mahindra has also commenced development work on a new dual clutch transmission (DCT), which will be carried out in association with a European consultant.

Commenting on the hybrid production cars coming to the market, Goenka states that “the company has underestimated the development task” and “full-fledged hybrids will be ready only three years from now”. Mahindra’s own micro hybrid/start-stop technology has found many takers and the technology will now be introduced in SsangYong vehicles as well, he confirms.

Test on bio-diesel technology is also being run simultaneously and M&M has outsourced the testing of 100 percent bio-diesel in the Scorpios. In-house engineers are also at work on new generation technologies such as electric and hydrogen vehicles and work is already on to develop the next-gen electric vehicle powertrain. Mahindra Reva is taking the lead in this project.

Goenka, an R&D person at heart, admits that even M&M, which has done reasonably well in product development, needs to raise the bar in advancing technologies. “The environment at MRV will be conducive for creativity,” says Goenka. He admits that the infrastructure for various R&D works has been more of ‘jugaad’ (makeshift) facilities so far. This is the sole reason for Mahindra investing in different testing facilities for NVH, transmission and others.

What MRV lacks at present is a chassis dynamometer, crash test facility and a wind tunnel. The company is set to invest in the chassis dynamometer facility very soon, but has refrained from developing its own crash test facility. Instead it plans to utilize SsangYong’s crash test facility, helping bring down costs. The aero project takes a backseat for now.

Back in 1993, when Goenka shifted from General Motors in the USA to M&M in India, there were 50 engineers in the company’s R&D team and this number has grown to 3000 now. And from spending Rs 30-40 crore for R&D in 1993, the company now spends close to Rs 750 crore. In comparison, Maruti has spent Rs 839.3 crores for the period 2006-2011.

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Mahindra inaugurates R&D centre - News - Autocar India

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ALL NEW SCORPIO:

On a similar note, M&M has begun the development of the all new Scorpio (code: W105). Based on a heavily modified version of the existing Scorpio's body on frame chassis, the W105 will get an all new body which will be significantly larger, as expected.

Source: Autocar India.
 
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ALL NEW SCORPIO:

On a similar note, M&M has begun the development of the all new Scorpio (code: W105). Based on a heavily modified version of the existing Scorpio's body on frame chassis, the W105 will get an all new body which will be significantly larger, as expected.

Source: Autocar India.
Any idea when we can expect it ?
 

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M&M has just begun the development, so do not expect it soon.

As per my friend working in M&M, this is not going to be a Safari Storme like facelift. This is going to be an all new car with just the brand name "Scorpio" as a similarity. And this time, M&M is going to give special attention to space and ride quality as per him.
 
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M&M has just begun the development, so do not expect it soon.

As per my friend working in M&M, this is not going to be a Safari Storme like facelift. This is going to be an all new car with just the brand name "Scorpio" as a similarity. And this time, M&M is going to give special attention to space and ride quality as per him.
This is fantastic news and the way they designed xuv iam quite sure they will make the Scorpio look killer , this is indeed a great news at the start of next year I will buy a suv but if it is going to launch at the end of the next year iam ready to wait . Iam sure the new Scorpio will be indeed a great machine . Great news and all the very best to m& m [clap]
 
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As per my friend working in M&M, this is not going to be a Safari Storme like facelift.
Wow, we should have separate thread for this [:)]
 

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It is too soon to have a new thread on this. The car is still in development stages. As I said, the design is entirely new. So it will take time to come out of the drawing boards.
 
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It is too soon to have a new thread on this. The car is still in development stages. As I said, the design is entirely new. So it will take time to come out of the drawing boards.
Then I think it will take another 2 and half years to hit the market it seems [frustration].
 

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* A new Scorpio SC/DC (dont know what it means) is being developed for the US market (Project W408)

* A new Scorpio is being developed for the Indian market (Project W105)
 
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