Effective immediately, Kevin Flynn replaces Nagesh Basavanhalli, who leaves to pursue other interests. An automobile industry veteran with 30 years of international and multi-brand experience, Kevin Flynn comes to FCA from JLR, where he served as Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub Sahara Africa.
Much like Tron’s protagonist, Kevin Flynn’s namesake has a tough path charted out. Fiat continues to sell in India without exciting the market enough to pack in a punch. Flynn will be responsible for strengthening overall Fiat India sales, and the new brands that will be introduced (Jeep and Abarth).
Late in 2012, Fiat-Chrysler Group unveiled a roadmap for India, but that was soon reworked. Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee were to be introduced in India in 2013. Two years later, the country is still waiting. Flynn’s role at Fiat Group Automobiles India Private Limited (FGAIPL) includes management of service, parts and customer care across over 132 dealerships in 98 cities across 24 Indian states in.
Fiat India will introduce the Abarth brand in 2015 with its own brand identity. John Kett, Vice President and General Manager, APAC Operations, FCA says Flynn is a strong, strategic and dynamic leader with the ability to shape brand and business culture. His experience will drive FCA India into the next growth phase.
On product development front, a new made in India compact Jeep SUV looks at us from the future. It would further India’s reputation as an export hub with the compact SUV set to be launched overseas. While production, and sales don’t begin in 2015.