I’ll tell you what I’d love to have—it’s a gap year. All the kids have a gap year af­ter univer­sity, I’ve never had a gap week, let alone a gap year

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to In­dia.

A pric­ing strat­egy to at­tract cus­tomers across tra­di­tion­ally de­fined seg­ments was worked out. The dif­fer­ent pric­ing “lay­ers” are a re­sult of what Flynn refers to as the “onion philosophy”. The Jeep Com­pass and its vari­ants are priced i n t he range of ₹ 15.34-21.94 lakh (ex-show­room, New Delhi). At the lower end, the Com­pass in­vited buy­ers of the Hyundai Creta and Mahin­dra XUV500 to up­grade, while it also tar­geted cus­tomers of the higher-end Toy­ota For­tuner and Ford En­deav­our to buy the orig­i­nal 4x4 off-roader.

Of the four plants around the world that make the Com­pass, In­dia has achieved the high­est qual­ity. Seventy one per cent of com­po­nents are lo­cally sourced, he says. “For me, it’s a great wave of the In­dian flag, it’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment,” says Flynn. In 2017, Jeep was crowned “In­dian SUV of the year” by sev­eral auto mag­a­zines and en­thu­si­asts.

It might not ap­pear so, but Flynn isn’t all­work-and-no-fun, as he re­calls fre­quent­ing The Bark­ing Deer brew­pub in Mum­bai’s Lower Parel area with the FCA team when the of­fice was lo­cated there un­til last year. He wonders why the team doesn’t go out to­gether more of­ten.

Un­wind­ing in In­dia is largely an es­cape to Goa, where he has made some friends who keep a spare room for him in a guest house. He goes there once in two months and says, “That’s one flight I re­ally want to do.”

Gin and tonic is his favourite drink, but he does en­joy a crisp beer. “I’m a bit­ter drinker... stout or blonde beer (lager). Not too big on the craft stuff.” A good wine is lovely but he en­joys whisky purely from a con­nois­seur’s per­spec­tive. Ben­galuru-made Amrut is one such smoky, peaty whisky he prefers (“a tiny bit with a lit­tle bit of wa­ter”). His favourite AC Co­bra car is ly­ing in his garage in Jo­han­nes­burg, along with a vin­tage Du­cati Su­per­bike (the clas­sic 916), a KTM 990 Su­per Moto R and a KTM 530 dirt bike.

So, does he have an In­dia bucket list? “Would be madness if I don’t get to the Taj; cou­ple of good train jour­neys worth ven­tur­ing into, there are some se­ri­ously good roads that I’m yet to travel. There’s with­out doubt some good mo­tor­cy­cle tour­ing routes.”


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