Gurpratap Boparai, the newly
appointed Managing Director of Skoda Auto India is hopeful that his company
would attain a strong leadership position in the Indian passenger car market in
the next few years.
Boparai who has taken charge
as the MD of Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. (SAIPL) brings in his extensive
experience in the international and Indian automobile industry. In his new
role, he will be reporting directly to Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier. Relying
on his expertise in managing large manufacturing operations, he will be
responsible for Skoda’s development in the domestic market.
"Mr Boparai’s appointment
comes at an opportune moment when Skoda is set to strengthen its position in the
Indian market. He brings with him vast knowledge of the Indian automotive
landscape, which will enable the company to implement a comprehensive expansion
plan. With him on board, we will continue to vigorously press ahead with the
growth of our brand in India," said Maier.
Boparai, meanwhile stated that,
"I am excited about my new role at Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. and look
forward to working with the young and dynamic team. I am confident that Skoda’s
strong engineering tradition, emotional designs, superior technology,
attractive model range, renewed after-sales impetus combined with the strategic
initiatives to build new models will take Skoda India to a strong leadership
position in the next few years."
In 2017, Skoda’s deliveries in
India rose almost by 30 percent to 17,438 cars (+30 % growth over 2016). The
company currently offers four models on the Indian subcontinent: the Octavia,
Superb, Rapid and most recently 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.
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