Dr Jens Pohlmann, the senior Skoda Auto executive who was badly injured when knocked down by an out-of-control emergency vehicle during the recent FIA Rally of Argentina, underwent Pelvis surgery this morning (Tuesday) in Cordoba's Hospital de Urgencias.

It is reported by the hospital's Head of Intensive Care, Dr Edgar Lacombe, that the 54-year-old German, Skoda Auto's Engineering Director with responsibility for motor sport, is making slow but steady progress.

The respirator that was supplementing Dr Pohlmann's breathing was removed on Friday and his condition has improved over the weekend. He is now breathing on his own, only with the help of an oxygen mask.

The doctors in Argentina are encouraged to see this marked improvement in his respiratory system, as this was their major cause for concern. The lung drainage has also been removed.

While pleased with these developments, the medical staff are still worried by the partial paralysis that effects Dr Pohlmann's right arm and leg. Today's surgery has been ordered in an attempt to correct the pelvis fracture and improve the mobility of Dr Pohlmann's left leg.