Skoda India has announced the appointment of Gurpratap Boparai as the new Managing Director. On 2 April 2018 Gurpratap Boparai (48) will be the Managing Director of Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. (SAIPL). In this role, he will be reporting 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 company's most recent offering in the Indian market was the Kodiaq 7-seater SUV.
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 on the Indian market in 2020 when more stringent crash and emissions standards 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. The Mladá Boleslav-based automaker is readying the Karoq SUV for India and it is expected to launch in the second half of 2018.
Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. 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. ŠKODA vehicles are sold in India at around 70 dealerships and approx. 70 service centres are available to customers. Meanwhile, in other news, Skoda won't be attending the 2018 Auto Expo as part of the decision taken by the Volkswagen Group.