The job cuts
come as Mahindra re-structures its international subsidiaries in a bid to conserve capital and retain only those that make money or have the potential to be profitable. Earlier this month, it snapped its joint venture with Ford Motor
Co citing the pandemic and the changed business environment. It has also put its Korean subsidiary, Ssangyong Motor Co on the block and continues to review several other businesses closely.
The spokesperson added that the Detroit centre “will continue the future-ready work on the Born Electric platforms.” It is also preparing for the launch of the New Roxor 2021, for which it will continue to retain as well as bring in “new and relevant skilled talent.”
Mahindra and FCA were in a protracted legal battle over an intellectual property infringement case which prevented the former from selling its Roxor vehicle in the United States.
“This forced the company to halt production and furlough its manufacturing team and some additional people across several functions, including the Roxor sales team, the spokesperson told Reuters. Last month, the company won a favourable ruling in its lawsuit against FCA, paving the way for it to begin selling the Roxor again.
Meanwhile, the design and engineering work on a new Vehicle code named Z101 is now completed and is in the final stage of its India launch, the spokesperson said.
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