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
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.”