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M&M could develop The Devil in India.

Posted on: March 18, 2009

Auto major Mahindra and Mahindra today said it could develop a vehicle on the lines of US President Barack Obama’s official car nicknamed ‘The Devil’ for the country’s political leadership if the necessary facilities existed here.

“I saw the diagram (of the car) and it had complete details of President Obama’s Cadillac limousine. If this facility exists then we would be proud to make such vehicle not just for the Prime Minister but for any VIP,” Mahindra Group Vice Chairman and Managing Director Anand Mahindra told reporters after inaugurating the Special Military Vehicles (SMV) plant in Faridabad near here.

Mahindra Defence Systems Chief Executive Brigadier (retd) Khutub Hai said the company had manufactured armoured Scorpios for VVIPs.

“Eight Chief Ministers in this country travel in armoured Scorpios. These armoured Scorpios are vehicles of choice as far as VVIPs are concerned,” Hai said.

He added that the company has exported five armoured Scorpios to Sri Lanka as part of the Presidential fleet there.

On the possibility of opening similar facilities in friendly neighbouring countries, Hai said: “We are reaching out to friendly neighbours. We will be looking at them. In 8-10 years, we can set up similar facilities there.”

“We are already looking at setting up similar facilities in some parts of Africa,” he added.



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