While attention is focused on future competition from China, an automaker from India is quietly seeking to enter the United States.
Dealers say the Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra is trying to set up a network of about 200 dealers to sell an SUV. The SUV could go on sale as early as 2007, according to sources.
Mahindra & Mahindra, also known as M&M, makes a range of SUVs and pickup trucks. The newest SUV is called the Scorpio. The Scorpio is the company's flagship vehicle and is sold in some European countries as the Goa.
M&M would use an independent distributor in the United States.
M&M's automotive operations began in the 1940s by manufacturing Willys Jeeps in India.