Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. (SAIPL)
has appointed Gurpratap Boparai as the company’s new Managing Director as of April
2, 2018. The 48-year-old was most recently CEO of Fiat India Automobiles Ltd.
In this role, he will be
reporting directly to Skoda 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 Skoda
Auto’s global growth strategy.
The Volkswagen Group recently
commissioned Skoda Auto to evaluate a global architecture for volume segments
with the modular MQB A0 IN system. Skoda’s
strategic approach is to launch this localised platform on the Indian market in
2020 when more stringent crash and emissions standards come into force. Skoda also
plans to produce competitive volume models for the Skoda and Volkswagen brands
in India. In the medium term, Skoda Auto aims for sustained, stable growth in
Skoda Auto India’s current offering
in the Indian market include the Octavia, Superb, Rapid and the Kodiaq, which
was launched in October 2017. The Rapid is manufactured at the Pune plant,
while the Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq models are produced in Aurangabad where
the company headquarters are located. Skoda vehicles are sold in India through
70 dealerships and 70 service centres are available to customers.
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