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Old 17th September 2009, 08:49   #46
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As for the White colour, Guys you'll be surprised its most commonly associated to RAW, Army intelligence. Both the Jeeps and the Gypsys come in the white colour (but with to full military accessories) to differentiate it from the normal military jeeps so that the ppl being watched over don't come to know it's military origin, and SOMEHOW, those guys manage to think just b'coz their vehicles are painted white, they can fool the normal Junta as they won't be able to make out anything looking at the Military accessories. Now where have i heard something exactly like this??? Oh yeah, its like the Ostrich digs its head into the sand (but the rest of its body above the ground) when it sences danger, thinking that the predator cannot see it. Wow, this is something we can actually expect in India. As always, its again a case of higher up officials messing up with their stupidity and the junior officers paying the price by working twice as hard to gain any good at all.
They should be using Maruti Sedans to complete the camouflage, and leave the white MM550 to civilians.

I mean here we are... Most of us in the section would gladly buy a new MM550 off the factory at 6L, yet we are made to salivate like kids in the candy shop over 5 year old MM550 as if it is a Ferrari Enzo. What a stupid state of affair.
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.....I mean here we are... Most of us in the section would gladly buy a new MM550 off the factory at 6L, yet we are made to salivate like kids in the candy shop over 5 year old MM550 as if it is a Ferrari Enzo. What a stupid state of affair.
And it would sell. Government agencies would buy it e.g. Forrestry etc. Up north here you see a lot of bling-pimped-out jeeps bopping around, most products of shops in Moga and other places in the Punjab. People love jeeps even if they never go off road with them.

For you marketing guys, you have the proven vehicle, you have many of the parts already in your parts bin, you have the market (small but it is there), all you have to do is sign a few papers and the thing is on the road. Others on the tech side of M&M say over and over, even on this site, that it is marketing that keeps dragging its feet.
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Others on the tech side of M&M say over and over, even on this site, that it is marketing that keeps dragging its feet.
They need some Ivy league MBA graduate who has never seen a Jeep upclose to draw some juicy powerpoint/excel sales projection chart before they can believe.
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For you marketing guys, you have the proven vehicle, you have many of the parts already in your parts bin, you have the market (small but it is there), all you have to do is sign a few papers and the thing is on the road. Others on the tech side of M&M say over and over, even on this site, that it is marketing that keeps dragging its feet.
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They need some Ivy league MBA graduate who has never seen a Jeep upclose to draw some juicy powerpoint/excel sales projection chart before they can believe.
They do not have to do any marketing gimmicks. Look at MUL they are not marketing Gypsy to Civilians, yet available on booking. Probably M&M also can do the same thing. Take out all the military fittings and wirings, then sell to public on Demand. Let them take coupla months to deliver it.

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Bikram has alot of relatives serving in the Army. Even his younger brother has also joined the forces. So trust his info.

Bikram you rock buddy. I was more than impressed by your post on the CJ3b evolution in another thread. Keep it up.
I fully trust Bikram's info man!!!. Infact he helped me a lot in restoration when I stuk up at times like Glow plus etc..

Even yestrday I have sent him PM as well for my further queries.

Keep it up Bikram

Hey , but my question is Tata 407 in 4X4 option? , Sree You are right in saying as MUL does, M&M can do it for 550 with Army Spec.

Tarkesh

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They do not have to do any marketing gimmicks. Look at MUL they are not marketing Gypsy to Civilians, yet available on booking.
Customers don't need gimmicks, I am saying M&M Marketing folks need to see Ivy league gimmicks to be convinced.

In any company it is the marketing division that decides what product will be released to the public and at what cost.
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no need to sell the army jeeps minus the army spec items if there is a problem with that!

anyway army spec jeeps dont carry any classified equipment which can be used to endanger civillians!!

just sell the damn export models to us indians!!
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Friends,

More pictures of the 2004 MM550.

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Sateesh, I think you missed to attach the pictures
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Hey Sateesh,

Please do upload some fresh pics of the Underbody/ suspension / engine bay etc.

Here is how you upload the pics (Uploading photographs directly to Team-BHP)

Looking forward to some bright day pics
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Dear Friends,

You were right in raising the question on the Army Rims. The Rims on my 2004 were Scorpio Rims for some reason. I had trouble with the Tube Nozzles coming out of the Rim holes whereas the 2004 NGCS Rims from Mayapuri allowed the Tube Nozzles to come out easily. This conforms that the Rims on my vehicle were replaced. Now i have the original NGCS RIms.

I will post the pictures.

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Default Updated Original Army 04 Wheel Rims & Apollo Bullet Tyres

Dear Friends,

At last I could source the right Rims and Tyres for this vehicle. Please see the pictures.

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Well to confirm doubts here is a picture of an Civilian 550. More pictures will soon follow at Jeeps from the Nilgiris thread
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Well to confirm doubts here is a picture of an Civilian 550. More pictures will soon follow at Jeeps from the Nilgiris thread
Yeah there are MM550 in the civilian markets. infact the 1st jeep I saw was a MM550 civilian but was a MM550 DP. So would this have the XD3P engine or the the same one that comes in the MM540???

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Guys:

This topic has been discussed many times before. The 540/550 has nothing to do with powertrain. The 550 has an on-paper increase in seating capacity to avail excise duty concession at that time. 550 also came with the 2.1 liter engine and 4speed gearbox. The power train is usually identified the the characters after the 540/550.

DP = 2.1L Engine and 4+1 Gearbox.
XD = 2.5L Engine and 4.1 Gearbox
XDB = 2.5L Engine and 5+1 (BA10) Gear box.
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