Boparai ap­pointed MD of ŠKODA In­dia

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ŠKODA AUTO In­dia Pri­vate Ltd. has ap­pointed Gur­pratap Boparai as its new Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. He will as­sume of­fice on April 2, 2018 and re­port di­rectly to ŠKODA CEO Bern­hard Maier. Boparai has many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­ter­na­tional au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and was most re­cently CEO of Fiat In­dia Au­to­mo­biles Ltd.

The In­dian mar­ket plays an im­por­tant role in ŠKODA AUTO’s global growth strat­egy. The Volk­swa­gen Group re­cently com­mis­sioned ŠKODA AUTO to eval­u­ate a global ar­chi­tec­ture for vol­ume seg­ments with the mod­u­lar MQB A0 IN sys­tem. ŠKODA’s strate­gic ap­proach is to launch this lo­cal­ized plat­form in the In­dian mar­ket in 2020 when more strin­gent crash and emis­sions stan­dards will come into force. ŠKODA also plans to pro­duce com­pet­i­tive vol­ume mod­els for the ŠKODA and Volk­swa­gen brands in In­dia. In the medium term, ŠKODA AUTO aims for sus­tained, sta­ble growth in In­dia. ŠKODA AUTO In­dia now of­fers 4 mod­els in the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent: the Oc­tavia, Su­perb, Rapid and most re­cently the Ko­diaq, which was launched in Oc­to­ber 2017. The Rapid is man­u­fac­tured in the Pune plant, while the Oc­tavia, Su­perb and Ko­diaq mod­els are pro­duced in Au­rangabad where the com­pany head of­fice is lo­cated. ŠKODA ve­hi­cles are sold in In­dia through 70 deal­er­ships, and 70 ser­vice cen­tres are avail­able to cus­tomers.

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