Anand Mahindra donates the SUV to the man who built the jeep with scrap metal

Time and time again, Anand Mahindra has supported innovators and creative minds, whose jugaad technology has impressed the world. Now, in his own words, he shared the news of how his company donated a new vehicle to the Maharashtra blacksmith who had built a car by renovating old parts and using scrap metal.

Dattatraya Lohar from the village of Devrashtre was brought to the attention of the chairman of Mahindra Group last month after a video of his iron car went viral. Lohar’s car, built from the ground up, powered by a two-wheel drive, autorickshaw tire, may have looked like a rugged jeep, but was efficient enough to impress everyone online.

“I will personally offer him a Bolero in exchange,” the business magnate had tweeted, saying that local authorities would sooner or later stop him from driving the vehicle for ignoring the rules.

As he had promised to preserve the man’s creation in the Mahindra Research Valley, the tycoon updated on Tuesday that the man accepted their offer and that he received a new SUV in exchange.

“Yesterday his family received a Bolero and we proudly took care of his creation. It will be part of our collection of cars of all kinds in our Research Valley and should inspire us to be resourceful,” he wrote, sharing some heartwarming photos.

Pictures showed Lohar riding with his wife and children in his new family car.

When the video of his unusual vehicle went viral, the talented man had explained that he was building the car for his children who wanted to ride a quad bike. But due to financial constraints, he could not afford one.

“This clearly does not meet any of the rules but I will never stop admiring our staff’s ingenuity and ‘more with less’ capacity. And their passion for mobility – not to mention the familiar front grille”, the businessman had written and shared the video.

People on social media loved Mahindra’s gesture and said that the man’s car would surely inspire many engineers in the coming years to build something as innovative as his creation.


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