NEW DELHI: Starting March 1, Piyush Arora will be the new Managing Director of Automobile giant Skoda Auto Volkswagen India.
Arora, who will be succeeding Gurpratap Boparai, is an experienced automotive professional and will be responsible for expanding the Volkswagen Group’s business in India including the recent INDIA2.0 project of the brands Volkswagen and Skoda.
Arora joined Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) from Mercedes Benz India, where he worked as executive director and head of operations.
“Arora’s task will be to advance and sustainably expand the group’s business in India,” said Thomas Schafer, CEO of the group.
Congratulating Arora on his appointment, Chairman Christian Chan Von Seelen said, “I am confident that Piyush Arora’s proven leadership will help us further build on this strong momentum and continue on a sustainable growth path in 2022 and the years ahead.”
The Indian Subsidiary of Europe’s largest automobile company, the Volkswagen group is expecting its highest ever sales in a decade in India in 2022 as its 1 billion Euro India 2.0 plan starts paying dividend.
The company expects to reach full capacity utilisation at the Pune Plant by the second half of 2022. A key focus in 2022 will be to bring in more high-end electric vehicles, imported under its luxury car brands and test market Enyaq from Skoda to test the fast emerging electric vehicle space.
The group entity that houses most of the famous brands including Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini plans to launch over 18 new models in this year.
The most expected models from Volkswagen include Volkswagen Up, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta Facelift, Volkswagen T-Roc, Volkswagen 2020 Passat Facelift, Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion Concept, Volkswagen T-Cross and Volkswagen Virtus. These models are expected to come in market in 2022-23.