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Old 10th August 2018, 11:05   #166
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Default Re: Ford doesn't have an EcoSport for Team-BHP; Can we please borrow yours?

There were 2 options:
  • Publish a review by borrowing or buying a car and then referring to Ford India's antics on denial for lending a car for Review
  • Mention on an independent thread about Ford India's stand on denying a car for review and then publish a review with an all new thread, obviously
Honestly, for an immensely popular portal like Team-BHP, It would make no difference if it opted for either of these options, for they need no publicity.

Hence, it is crystal clear that this thread is not to sound like a cry-baby. If that was the intent, the options to request for a fellow member's car or buying (and then selling a car) for review would not be part of the opening post and rather one of the members would have opined these 2 options as part of their responses to this thread.

After the Maruti (Mandovi) episode (Video: Fake service done on my Baleno RS by Mandovi Motors!), I was even told by someone associated with a dealership in Bangalore that they will not invite Team-BHP for the any future reviews but that didn't happen and we saw quite a few reviews after that. So it was just a rumor or loose talk. The manufacturer may have done this if it it wanted, and that may have hardly affected their sales charts as we know but it didn't.

The issue here with Ford India is the fact that they are fervently on denial mode of a car to lend for Team-BHP only and that could be for any of the reasons and recent flare-ups affecting their image. I would have expected them to provide a reason than blaming it completely on non-availability which for sure is not the case as we all know. Even if they said they don't want their brand to get affected by a reviewer who chooses to criticize their products, so be it ; We will take this honest admission and move on. But their rejections are blunt and open ended!

Now coming to the post and subsequent comments on FB. There are 2 attributes for the contribution there:
  • Non Members who have been denied a membership during registration - We get to see that in all such posts and this post is only giving them more excitement
  • Non Members or even members who presume that having denied the car, Team-BHP will now vent their ire by writing negative reviews (for a car that has been showered with more bouquets over brickbats since the launch of the first Gen Ecosport right here on Team-BHP)
We have got the car(s) for review and am sure we would have had volunteers pitching in for their cars from any part of the country for that matter. This is stupendous trait of a community and glad that it remains and shall be in future too.

Let us look forward for a review now. Then the content alone should be some good weekend homework for the board members of Ford India responsible for denying the car when they go through it. The expression and the feeling would certainly be priceless and will surpass their current excitement due to this thread.

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Old 10th August 2018, 11:15   #167
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Guys, now that you have identified and shortlisted the cars for review; why not we close this thread..??

Your requirement is resolved. Why not move on with the review and publish the review in a few weeks..??

Considering its a weekend, the pages will get racked up and it could lead to unending repetition of what has already been said by one & all.

I always believe the proof of pudding lies in eating it. Considering Vid6639 is going to enjoy the pudding over this weekend (pun intended) , hence my suggestion for closing the same.

Cheers & Safe Driving
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Guys, now that you have identified and shortlisted the cars for review; why not we close this thread..??
Good idea and done! Purpose achieved. Thank you.
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Old 10th August 2018, 17:10   #169
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Thank you for the 43 Ford EcoSports!

In less than 24 hours of this thread being posted, 43 generous owners of 2018 model EcoSports have stepped forward, offering their new steeds to Team-BHP for an Official Review. It takes a lot to lend your beloved possession to someone else for a test & photoshoot - thank you! We are incredibly grateful. Your love & support for Team-BHP always leaves us overwhelmed.

Of these 43 cars, 14 are 'EcoSport S' variants, the EXACT variant that we have been waiting for since May. What Ford couldn't do in 3 months, EcoSport customers have done in 1 day.

And what Ford couldn't do with 10,000+ EcoSports produced, EcoSport owners did with just one (each). They went to great extents too = A gentleman wrote in offering his EcoSport S that is currently in the workshop for some minor accident damage, while another offered to drive down from Chennai to Mumbai!! There were a few who even offered a car belonging to their relatives (sibling, in-laws etc.)….after taking the necessary permissions, of course. 3 Team-BHP fans wrote in presenting their EcoSport S cars which are booked, but yet to be delivered! And then there were Sreesh & Abhinash who spoke to local Ford dealers about making their demo vehicles available for a Team-BHP Official Review.

This weekend, Team-BHP will be driving an EcoSport S EcoBoost variant that has been generously made available to us by BHPian Justchells.

A huge shoutout to the following Team-BHP fans & well-wishers for offering us their EcoSports (or those of their relatives). Thank you!

Justchells from Bangalore
Fiat_Tarun from Pune
Vkumar from NCR
Sunrock from Chennai
BHPian from North India (prefers anonymity)
Spectre13 from Mumbai
Anumod from Hyderabad
Kanishka88 from Mumbai
W.A.G.7 from Pune
Udayjani from Chennai
Prakritij from Assam
Sumanth Ramuni from Bangalore
Keerthan Kumar from Coimbatore
Raghav Sood from Delhi
Shree Ransubhe
Harpreet from the Andaman Islands!
Ankur Goel from Delhi
Manoj
Kamptan Paul from Tripura
Suhrid Sarkar from Kolkata
Varix
Manish Naik
Nilesh Vyas from Indore
Vineet Sharma from Ludhiana
Shishant Paliwal
Aditya Dhiman
Kunal Gupta from Bangalore
Rahul Singh
Dr. Arora from Udaipur
….the rest preferred to stay anonymous!

And of course
BHPian GRAND23 for requesting an S owner from his office
Selfdrive for asking an EcoSport-owning pal

If I missed someone, my sincere apologies. Please email me on g t o @team-bhp .com and I will have your name added. But again, THANK YOU! Super, super grateful for the trust & generosity.
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Make that 45, thanks to Shrawan Kumar Singh & Rohit Ravi!

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Ford's incompetence cannot keep us away from their cars! Here is the ride we finally drove, thanks to the generosity of BHPian Justchells:
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And a small gift from us for this special EcoSport :
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Make that 45
Make that 56 EcoSports that we were offered access to, including this unregistered beauty of Harish_k . Got to love Team-BHP!
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