Among the reviews done so far, Storme was the most memorable. We did just after the launch and the frenzy was alarming!I got mobbed at places.
At the Mumbai-Pune expressway I was even waved off the road by a fellow enthusiast from another forum on a orange vista. Nice chap and very curious about the Storme.
The best was showing the Storme to a local politician an acquaintance who drives a Dicor 2.2, the conversation was in Marathi which Ill do my best to translate(though not much fun that way) :-
Him :- Cha maila tumhi pan "Shafari" ghetli ( Halalooyah you got a "Shafari" too )
Me :- Nahi Saheb testing chalu aahe, Navin Storme aahe ( No Sir, I am just testing it, its the new Storme )
Him :- Ho pudna vegli disti, ekdam rampaat - gyalala paheje! ( Yeah, Looks super butch from the front, i should buy it)
Me :- Ho Changli gaadi aahe, Dicor soda hi ghya! ( Its a good one you should replace your Dicor with this!)
Him :- Kay navin kay aahe yechayat ( Whats new with it !)
Me:- Sagla kay navin aahe, its all improved ( A lot of all improved components and interiors)
Him :- Engine shame aahe ka, kiti power ? ( Is it the same engine , same power? )
Me :- me for next 5 mins blah blah its all new variable geometry turbo, hydroform chassis ( I wish I had Xover with me then , he would have been more convincing! )
Him :- 140bhp ?
Me :- Yes
After 30 minutes of further questions and explanations :-
Him :- Vegla navin kay aahe ? (But what is new?)
Me :- I felt like killing him but politely told him that Ill send him a link to my review and he can read.
Him :- XShuveee kadli ka ? ( You sold XUV ? )
Me :- No not yet
Him :- Aikla brake nahi lagat ( I heard brakes fail !)
Me:- Ho Mhanun Storme aanli ( Yeah thats why I got the Storme!)
Him :- Majhi Audi X5 gheyacha vichar aahe ( I am thinking of buying Audi X5!)
Me :- Audi X5 ? aashi gaadi pan aahe ka ( is there such a vehicle like Audi X5? ! ).
Him :- yes fulltoo kadak gaadi aahe! Aapyla aamdar saheb gheyun yetat. ( Yes it a solid vehicle, that our govt official got it last time).
Me :- nahi aajun baghitli nahi mi Audi X5 ( No I havent seen an Audi X5 yet! )
Him :- Kay tumhi Tata Mahindra karat aastat , OODI la bagha ( Why are you after a Tata Mahindra you bugger, Check an Audi -> Get a life! ).
Me :- Ho Saheb and trying to fiddle with the phone to find an escape route from the conversation!
Two weeks later saw him in a Storme and asked him what happened to the OODI X5 ?
Him :- Order keli aahe yenar ! ( its ordered it will come!)
I decided to scramble!