Boparai appointed MD of ŠKODA India
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.