Skoda Auto CEO Bernhard Maier said, “Experts predict that in the next few years India is going to become the third-largest automotive market worldwide. With our ‘India 2.0’ project we are now creating the right conditions for sustainable growth there. Our objective is ambitious, but achievable: together with the Volkswagen brand, we are seeking a market share of up to five percent in the long term, depending on market and segment development.”
Gurpratap Boparai, managing director of Skoda Auto India, added, “With the India 2.0 project, Škoda Auto India and Volkswagen Group India are in an excellent position to optimally confront the dynamics of the Indian car market. In India, we will offer world-class products at prices that amount to a paradigm shift in the automotive industry. We will manufacture the new products on the localised MQB A0 platform, which already fulfils the stricter emission and safety standards that are expected to come into force in India in 2020.”
Acknowledging and accepting the fact, Bernhard Maier, CEO, Skoda Auto admitted at a company press conference in New Delhi today that the VW Group has not been able to deliver on the customer satisfaction front and that remains one of its major gremlins. The Group has now set its focus clear on improving its aftersales, and it will focus on customer-centricity.
With upcoming products on the MQB A0-IN platform being cost competitive, the company is expecting growth from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Speaking at the press conference, Boparai said, “We will expand our dealer network in semi-urban and urban areas in the near future, and will double our dealer network over the next two to three years in India.”
H’ble. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi meets (L-R) Dr Martin Ney German Ambassador, Bernhard Maier- CEO SKODA, Milan Hovorka Czech Ambassador, Christain Cahn Von Seelan– Chairman SKODA India & Mr Gurpratap Boparai– MD