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Mahindra trek on track

Forty Mahindra vehicles recently completed the 41st Mahindra Great Escape, an annual non-competitive rally in India started in 1996.

This year the Great Escape crossed the Great Thar Desert.

Now TMI Pacific, Australian distributor of the Mahindra Pik-Up utility, is planning its own version of the Indian trek.

The local event will also be called the Mahindra Great Escape, and will involve dealers, customers, media and other stakeholders

TMI Pacific chief operations officer Claire Tynan took part in the Indian adventure, driving a 4WD Scorpio.

"It was an absolutely exhilarating experience," she said. "The drive was a testament to the capability of the Mahindra vehicles when put to the test, while the well-thought-out track only added to the challenge."

The Scorpio, built on the same platform as the Pik-Up, was among six Mahindra models that took part in the adventure.

The route this year covered sand dunes, rocky patches, steep inclines and drops.

As well as the national Great Escape held in Rajasthan every year, Mahindra also conducts a series of regional Great Escapes in various parts of India.

Tynan said details of the Australian adventure had not yet been confirmed.

In Queensland, Mahindra is sold at Fraser Agricultural in Proserpine and at Sunshine Coast Mahindra.