|Born||(1957-04-01) April 1, 1957
I believe there are segments in the Indian market that Skoda will not enter.
I believe that we have not yet played out full competitiveness in the notchback segment.
When Octavia was introduced in India in 2001, it had opened up new segments.
Investment will lead to employment; employment means better income; it means selling more cars.
In China, people are moving from bigger cars to small hatches, and interestingly, the Indian market is graduating to bigger cars and sedans. I will say that we will not put money only in just one segment.
To make a very specific car only for India – where you don’t know where the segments are tomorrow or will it shift – is tough.
One cannot compare Skoda with the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen is the world’s biggest brand selling over four million cars a year, so there is really nothing to compare.