Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd has announced the appointment of Pavel Richter to the role of Production Technical Director of Volkswagen Group’s INDIA 2.0 project that the company is leading, effective 1 November, 2018. Richter will be responsible for the production of all vehicle models at the plant in Pune. As part of the INDIA 2.0 project, Skoda is responsible for the Volkswagen Group’s model campaign on the Indian market. The first Skoda model based on the MQB A0-IN platform is expected to be launched by 2020.
Richter has been with Skoda Auto since 2000, and has performed various managerial roles in the Czech Republic, as well as other international markets. In 2011, he became Head of the Skoda plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. From 2014, Richter was responsible for the production of the Octavia, Rapid and Karoq models at the company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav.
Reorganising the responsibilities at the management level is an important step in implementing the INDIA 2.0 project, Skoda Auto India said. It added that the appointment of Richter has filled one of the key positions at an early stage. As part of the INDIA 2.0 strategy, € 1 bn euros will be invested between 2019 and 2021.
The next step will involve the company investigating the possibility of exporting the vehicles manufactured in India. Both Skoda and Volkswagen plan to develop various models on this platform, with the first model being an SUV. To ensure the planned models meet the needs of Indian customers, Skoda is said to be striving for maximum market proximity from the beginning. Technical development of the new products will take place primarily in India with Skoda planning to gradually create new jobs locally.
Dr Andreas Lauermann, Managing Director and President, Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, said the company is happy to welcome Richter to its team in Pune. With his experience, he will play a crucial role in achieving the common goal of further strengthening the Volkswagen Group’s position in the strategically-important Indian market, Lauermann added.
Richter has known the company for many years and has considerable expertise in the international automotive industry, noted Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto India Pvt Ltd, and Head INDIA 2.0 project. He said Richter will play a key role in making the INDIA 2.0 project successful.