Mahindra had compared the XUV 500 to a Cheetah when it launched it last year. Mahindra and Mahindra MD Anand Mahindra had spoken about how the Cheetah had inspired the XUV 500's design. Now he has compared another car with an animal. Anand Mahindra has called the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy a rabbit in a recent tweet.
Mr Mahindra who is among the most followed Indian industrialists on Twitter has tweeted: " Is it safe to let rabbits roam where cheetahs prowl." This tweet was in response to a tweet by one of his followers who had asked if he could participate in the Mahindra Great Escape in his Gypsy.
The Mahindra Great Escape is a non-competitive off-road rally organized by Mahindra since 1996. Mahindra owners can test their SUVs on challenging routes set across the country. While the Scorpio and Thar were the most seen SUVs in previous editions of the Mahindra Great Escape, This year's event will mark the debut of the XUV 500.
Anand Mahindra has not only indicated the presence of the XUV 500 in the event through his tweet but has also placed his company's product on an upper pedestal against the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy.
Some of Mr Anand Mahindra's followers have expressed their shock at the tweet as his tweets have mostly been very serious. Mr Mahindra has clarified that the tweet was in good humour only. The tweet also shows the growing success of the XUV 500 which has catapulted Mahindra to the top three best selling carmakers in India. (Read here )
The XUV 500 has received such a positive response fro buyers that Mahindra has accepted it had not anticipated it. The bookings for the XUV 500 have been opened thrice and every time there have been a deluge of orders. With a production capacity of 4,000 units, Mahindra is still struggling to handle the demand.
The Gypsy is the first off-road vehicle from Maruti Suzuki. It has a cult status among off-roading enthusiasts. Launched way back in 1985 with a one litre petrol engine, the Gypsy is now powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine.