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Skoda Auto India Appoints New Managing Director

The 48 year old managing director was the former CEO of Fiat India Automobile. The appointment is effective from 2 April 2018

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Skoda Auto India has appointed former CEO of Fiat India Automobile Gurpratap Boparai as the new managing director, effective from 2 April 2018.

The 48 year old Boparai will be reporting directly to Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier.

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 localized 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 India.

Skoda Auto India currently offers four models on the Indian subcontinent - Octavia, Superb, Rapid and 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.