Gur­pratap Boparai

MD, Škoda Auto In­dia Pri­vate Lim­ited

Car India - - FEATURE -

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.

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