MD, Škoda Auto India Private Limited
Gurpratap Boparai is the latest addition to the top tier of the Indian automotive industry. He was appointed the MD of Škoda Auto India Pvt Ltd (SAIPL) in April 2018. Currently in his forties, Boparai has formidable experience in the industry. Before joining Škoda he was the CEO of FIAT India Automobiles Ltd.
In his current role, he will be reporting directly to Škoda CEO, Bernhard Maier.
In the coming months, Boparai will work towards strengthening Škoda’s presence in the country. The Czech manufacturers currently offer four models in India: the Rapid, Octavia, Superb, and Kodiaq. Of these, the sporty Octavia RS and the sublime Kodiaq were launched in 2017. More importantly, the company announced project “India 2.0” wherein it would be developing the sub-compact MQB-A0 platform for their mother company, the Volkswagen Group, and manufacture cars for the Indian market, including an all-new compact SUV. Boparai has been entrusted with the task to drive this forward. This will be a big boost for the government’s “Make in India” initiative and we wish Boparai and Škoda India the very best.