Gurpratap Boparai takes charge as the Managing Director of Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. Boparai 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.
Speaking about his new role Boparai said that he is 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 years.
The Indian market has tremendous importance for Skoda’s future growth strategy. In 2017, Skoda’s deliveries in India rose almost by 30 percent to 17,438 cars (+30 % growth over 2016). Skoda Auto India Private Ltd. currently offers four models on the Indian subcontinent: the OCTAVIA, SUPERB, RAPID and most recently the KODIAQ.
In the years ahead, Skoda intends to substantially strengthen the growth trend on the subcontinent, and India will play a vital role in this growth strategy.