Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mahindra powers India-Russia Friendship Rally


PUNE (MUMBAI): Mahindra Adventure, part of the $20.7 billion Mahindra Group, concluded the historic India-Russia Friendship Rally on June 2. To mark seven decades of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations, a group of travel enthusiasts from India and Russia set off in 18 Mahindra vehicles from Bhilai on February 19, to traverse roads across four countries before reaching Russia in May.

The event was organised by Kalinga Motorsports and supported by the Governments of the four nations involved. The expedition, a joint effort by Indian and the Russian Governments commemorated the 70th year of Indian independence and 70 years of the India-Russia Diplomatic Relationship.

The convoy was made up of 14 Mahindra Scorpios, two XUV 500’s, one Getaway and one Thar. This pioneering expedition successfully promoted connectivity between India and Russia, with an aim to boost trade and investments as well as opened civilian travel.

Veejay Nakra, Chief of Sales & Marketing, Auto Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “India and Russia share a deep and enduring bond. The Indo-Russian rally was organised to celebrate this friendship between our two great nations. This expedition also represents everything that Mahindra Adventure stands for, and it has been a privilege supporting it.”

The India leg of the rally culminated in Delhi on March 14 from where the Ambassador of Russia flagged off the second part. The 18 Mahindra vehicles were then shipped from Kandla port to Bandar Abbas in Iran. The participants then drove towards the north of Iran crossing the historically important cities of Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan and Tehran.

From Iran, the group entered Azerbaijan and the city of Baku. While driving into Russia, the group crossed Astrakhan, Volgograd, Moscow and finally St Petersburg to end the second leg of the rally. Another set of participants traced back the route to Bandar Abbas to finally end the entire expedition on June 2, 2018, covering 19,989 kilometres.


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