Anand Mahindra gifts 4-wheeler to Kerala man for modifying his auto into 3-wheeler ‘Scorpio’
Anand Mahindra gifted a brand new Supro mini truck to the Kerala man, who owned a three-wheeler Scorpio.autos Updated: May 04, 2017 16:51 IST
Imitation is the best form of flattery, it is said.
In an age of brand consciousness where even the slightest form of imitation can land one behind bars, one Kerala resident was rewarded for his innovation – by none less than Anand Mahindra, the man at helm of Mahindra Group.
In March, one user Anil Panicker tweeted to Mahindra a photo of a three-wheeler, apparently a Piaggio Ape, whose rear had been modified into a rear of the Mahindra Scorpio.
An impressed Mahindra decided to buy out the auto-rickshaw for the company museum and offered the owner a four-wheeler in exchange of a three wheeler.
Iconic. A way to 'Rise.' Thanks for sharing this.Can you help locate him? I'd like to buy it for our museum & give him 4 wheels in return.. https://t.co/uwQ5wYcDpW— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 19, 2017
Within three days, the owner Sunil was located in Tiruvalla town of Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district.
On Wednesday, Mahindra tweeted a photo of Sunil with his rickshaw as well as a brand new Supro, the company’s small commercial four-wheeler.
Here's Sunil, the proud owner of the 3 wheeler 'Scorpio', now a happy owner of a 4 wheeler. All thanks to you twitterati! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/5nb12j2dnj— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 3, 2017
Though the act was nothing short of quirky gimmick, it made a commoner happy and Twitter went gaga over Mahindra’s “way to ‘Rise’”.
Panicker, who tweeted the first photo of the Kerala man’s auto, responded: “Hi sir. Thanks. I spoke to Sunil as well. It was an amazing feeling. (sic.)”
One user said, “Sir, you r not Anand Mahindra at that moment, he is! Because Anand means “happy” n he got Mahindra vehicle. So he is Anand Mahindra :-) (sic.)”.
Another one, @vajras even compared the Mahindra boss to Mahendra Baahubali, the lead character of south Indian blockbuster “Baahubali” fame, saying: “Great gesture sir.U have acted as #MahendraBaahubali in the current #BahubaliTheConclusion storm in reality to ur #Mahindra (sic.)”.
This is not the first time the executive chairman of Mahindra Group has won hearts on Twitter.
Last year, he quote-tweeted a picture of a Pininfarina Maserati Birdcage, saying: “That’s one cage I wouldn’t mind being imprisoned in. Pininfarina sustains its legendary & pathbreaking designs.”
One Siddhant Khanna replied to him, “what stops you from buying it? Go for it.”
Mahindra’s reply won the internet for the day:
We bought the company instead...(Pininfarina) 😊 https://t.co/beNzPTLN9t— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 24, 2017
Mahindra Group, the automobile to software conglomerate of India, bought the Italian design firm Pininfarina in 2005 from Pincar Srl. The company has designed various models of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, Maserati and Hyundai.
According to some reports, Mahindra is also working on a Pininfarina-designed supercar for US and Chinese markets.