Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has developed the left-hand-drive version of the KUV100 to begin the exports to Hungary. Though, the hatch-cross is already being exported to several countries, including South Africa. The home-grown automaker has exported 200 units of the KUV100 in May 2016. The company is believed to export 20,000 units of the micro-SUV to South Africa and Hungary. It would be sold as CBU in Hungary, while in South Africa, it would be locally assembled from the kits exported from India.
"The LHD version of the KUV100 has been developed in both diesel & gasoline fuel options and the exports will soon start," a source close to the development told ETAuto. Just so you know, Mahindra had been exporting both the petrol and diesel variants of the XUV500 to South Africa for quite sometime. Mahindra's passenger vehicle exports grew by 137 percent to 2,539 units in first quarter of the fiscal year 2016-17 as compared to the same period a year ago. Currently, it is the country's third largest automaker by outnumbering Honda, Tata Motors and Renault-Nissan. The margin of sales between Mahindra and Franco-Japan alliance in June 2016 was extremely narrow as the former sold 17,068 units, while the latter retailed 17,049 - falling short by a petty 19 units.
Launched in January this year, Mahindra KUV100 has been extremely sucessful for the company as within one month of its launch, it went on to register 21,000 bookings across the nation. Starting at Rs. 4.42 Lakhs, it comes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as standard features across the entire variant line-up. Debuting the all-new 1.2L turbo-charged mFALCON D75 diesel engine, it is India's most fuel efficient diesel SUV with a mileage of 25.32kmpl (ARAI-certified). The response for the petrol variants is as engaging as the diesel ones with sales almost equally shared between the both. Mahindra KUV100 is available in 7 variants: K2 & K2+, K4 & K4+, K6 & K6+ and K8 in both petrol & diesel with 5 & 6 seater options.