Impressed by homemade car, Anand Mahindra to gift a Bolero to the person who built it

There is a common saying – ‘necessity is the mother of innovation’. It has turned out to be a real-life moment when a local mechanic-cum-driver made a passenger carrying vehicle on his own using bare-basic tools and mechanical components.

Recently, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra shared a video of the driver on his Twitter handle, in which he is shown carrying people in his hand-made vehicle. The video seems to be from Maharashtra, in which the person explains how he made the vehicle from scratch. The entire vehicle resembles Willy’s Jeep from the front, with the iconic grille with vertical slats flanked by round headlamps.

The unpainted vehicle, which is known as ‘jugaad’ in Indian terminology, is a six-seater vehicle, with a flat seat for driver and co-driver at the front and two side-facing flat seats, each of which can carry two passengers. The vehicle gets a unique kick-starter on the right-hand side and the steering wheel on the left-hand side and is supposed to get a steering assembly and powertrain from an auto-rickshaw.

In his tweet, Anand Mahindra said that such a ‘jugaad’ looks very thoughtful and innovative, due to the lack of resources the man had while making this vehicle. However, such vehicles are unfit for legally use on public roads from the aspects of safety and pollution.

However, impressed with the ingenuity and sheer effort put in by the driver, Mahindra announced that he will be gifting a Mahindra Bolero to the driver. He cited the reason for flouting of rules and regulations by the vehicle, which would otherwise hold by the local authorities.

The homemade vehicle to be displayed at Mahindra Research Valley

Impressed by homemade car, Anand Mahindra to gift a Bolero to the person who built it

Not only this, but Anand Mahindra also said that the ‘jugaad’ created by the driver will be kept on display at Mahindra Research Valley as a source of inspiration for the people working there. He said that such a ‘jugaad’ is a classic example of how an effective solution can be made using minimal resources and limited expertise.

The Mahindra Bolero is already a famous name in the Indian car market, especially in small towns and rural areas, for its ruggedness and people-moving capabilities. The Bolero has been a great volume seller for Mahindra for the last two decades and is one of the highest and consistent selling utility vehicles in the country.

The Bolero has seen multiple iterations and variants in the past. The currently-available BS6-version of the Mahindra Bolero is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine, which produces a maximum power output of 75 bhp and a maximum torque output of 210 Nm. This ladder-on-frame SUV lacks several premium comfort and convenience features. However, the rugged and long-lasting feel offered by its ladder-on-frame chassis and rear-wheel drive system makes it an undisputable choice for the rural areas of the country.