Maruti Suzuki re-appoints Kenichi Ayukawa as MD, CEO for three years

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Wednesday re-appointed Kenichi Ayukawa as Managing Director and CEO for a period of three years with effect from April 1, 2019.

The company's board, which met Wednesday, re-appointed Ayukawa on the existing terms and conditions including remuneration, MSI said in a regulatory filing. This would be Ayukawa's third three-term as MD and CEO of MSI. He had taken over for the first time in March 2013.

In a separate filing, the company said its board has approved the production of its compact SUV Vitara Brezza by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) beginning 2022. The company said the decision to allow production of Vitara Brezza at TKM's existing plant with effect from 2022 will save it from investing in a new manufacturing facility.

"Variants of this model (Vitara Brezza) will be sold through sales network of the company and TKM respectively," MSI said.

The board also approved supply of a "derivative model of Baleno" to TKM.

"This will result in incremental sales for the company," it added.

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Besides, MSI board approved use of Toyota Hybrid System (THS) in its future products.

The move would help the company become a "front runner of clean technology in mass market", it said.

Last week, Japan's Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation had announced strengthening of their collaboration, including manufacturing of Suzuki-developed compact SUV Vitara Brezza at Toyota's plant in India from 2022.

The two partners have agreed to extend their collaboration to Europe and Africa over and above their partnership in India.

As part of "considering a concrete collaboration in new fields", Suzuki will supply Ciaz sedan and Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle to Toyota in India in addition to the already agreed supplies of premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza.

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Moreover, Suzuki will supply its India-produced Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and Ertiga vehicles to Toyota for the African market as well, the companies said in a joint statement.

Toyota, on the other hand, will provide Suzuki its hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technologies in India through local procurement of HEV systems, engines, and batteries, while also supplying THS (Toyota Hybrid System) to Suzuki in the global markets.

In March last year, the two Japanese companies had concluded a basic agreement for supplying hybrid and other vehicles to each other in the Indian market.

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As per the agreement, Suzuki supplies premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza to Toyota, while Toyota supplies sedan Corolla to Suzuki.

In February 2017, Toyota and Suzuki concluded an agreement towards business partnership and since then, they have been exploring concrete projects for collaboration in areas including environmental technology, safety technology, information technology, and the mutual supply of products and components.

Subsequently, in November 2017 the companies announced an MoU to consider a cooperative structure for introducing battery electric vehicles in India around 2020.