Gurpratap Boparai takes charge of Skoda Auto India
2nd Apr 2018 6:46 pm
Skoda's Indian arm gets a new Managing Director; Czech carmaker believes India is a key market in its future growth strategy.
Skoda Auto India now has a new Managing Director – Gurpratap Boparai. The recently appointed MD has extensive experience in the international and Indian automobile industry as well as expertise in managing large manufacturing operations. Boparai will be reporting directly to Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier and will be responsible for Skoda’s development in our domestic market.
"Mr Boparai’s appointment comes at an opportune moment when Skoda is set to strengthen its position in the Indian market," said Maier. "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."
Gurpratap Boparai, in response to his appointment, said, "I am excited about my new role at Skoda Auto India 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 years," he added.
Skoda says the Indian market holds tremendous importance for its future growth strategy. In 2017, the Czech carmaker’s sales in India rose almost by 30 percent – 17,438 cars (+30% growth over 2016). Skoda Auto India, in turn, has 70 dealerships and 70 service centres across India. It currently offers four models for sale in the country: the Octavia, Superb and Rapid sedans and – since its launch in October 2017 – the Kodiaq SUV. The Rapid is manufactured at the automaker's Pune plant. The Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq, however, are produced in Aurangabad.