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Mahindra SA runs into row over SsangYong products marketing

In dispute merely 2 months after announcing it would market SsangYong's products

Press Trust of India  |  Johannesburg 

Barely two months after announcing that it would market SsangYong's products here, is now locked in a dispute with local company over distribution of the South Korean auto maker's vehicles.

"The previous distributor for SsangYong, (TDA), a member of the Imperial Group of companies, continues to trade and market themselves as the distributor. Mahindra SA would like to inform potential customers that the agreement between TDA & is no longer valid," (MSA) said in a statement issued on Monday.

MSA, an affiliate of Indian auto maker Mahindra and Mahindra, had said in April that it would market products here, the first country outside India, after M&M acquired a 70% stake in the Korean car maker last year.

MSA Chief Executive Ashok Thakur said his company has not only represented products in South Africa since April 1, but also in neighbouring Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique since the agreement between TDA and was no longer valid.

But TDA's lawyers have denied this claim, saying that all vehicles sold by TDA now and in the past were purchased from Motor Company as per the terms of a distribution agreement, which also gives TDA the right to sell vehicles with a valid manufacturer's warranty.

Anabela da Silva of TWB Attorneys, representing TDA, declined to comment further on the matter. He, however, indicated that the company could go to court, if necessary.

On Monday, MSA also announced 19 new dealers across South Africa for its range of products.

First Published: Tue, June 19 2012. 17:40 IST