Volkswagen group units merge into single Skoda-led entity

Volkswagen Group India has announced the merger of its passenger car subsidiaries – Volkswagen India Private Limited (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited (NSC) and Skoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) – into Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL).

The merger of the Group's passenger car businesses brings Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini under the leadership of Gurpratap Boparai, who has been appointed the managing director of the new company.

Speaking on the announcement Boparai said: “With this merger, we plan to combine the technology and management expertise of our team in India and realise our true potential in a challenging, competitive environment. We want to further strengthen our presence in India, ensure the professional development of our employees and safeguard sustainable profitability for our dealers.”

The Group has said that each brand would retain its individual identity, dealer network and customer experience initiative, but they will be pursuing a shared vision and strategy for the Indian market.

The new entity will be headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, with regional offices in Mumbai, Delhi and other cities across the country.