Isuzu Ute Australia appoints new managing director

After 4 years on the helm of Isuzu Ute Australia (IUA) managing director Hiroyasu Sato is passing the mantle to Junta Matsui, who has led varied world Isuzu and Mitsubishi Company divisions for the final 15 years.

Serving as a senior leaders throughout varied retail and new enterprise improvement divisions overseas, Matsui will start his place as IUA’s new managing director on March 20, 2023.

A local of Yokohama, Japan, Matsui joined the Isuzu enterprise division of Mitsubishi Company in 2008, overseeing operations at Tri Petch Isuzu Gross sales Co., Ltd., till 2012, earlier than assuming accountability for brand spanking new enterprise developments throughout the auto and mobility divisions of Thailand, Indonesia, Russia, India and Africa. 

Hiroyasu Sato (L) congratulates Junta Matsui (R) on his appointment as the brand new IUA managing director

This management change will help with IUA’s momentum in persevering with its retail gross sales progress as operations get better from the consequences of the continuing pandemic, in addition to a customer-centric strategy which has earned the model awards for buyer satisfaction—an space that Sato set his deal with throughout his tenure. 

In 2022 IUA charted as one in every of Australia’s top-ten automotive manufacturers for the primary time ever, because the ninth best-selling model domestically, with 35,323 autos bought and delivered.  This gross sales progress may be attributed to the dedication to buyer satisfaction, together with the implementation of latest product updates to the D-MAX ute and MU-X SUV placing a chord with native motorists.

Rising alongside new D-MAX and MU-X orders and deliveries domestically has been IUA’s rising buyer satisfaction index, which obtained acclaim from Australia’s shopper analysis organisations, Roy Morgan and Canstar Blue—awarding the marque back-to-back ‘Automotive Producer of the 12 months’ titles, on the 2020 and 2021 Roy Morgan Buyer Satisfaction Awards and the ‘2021 Canstar Blue Buyer Satisfaction Award for New Automobiles’.

Sato is returning to Thailand to imagine the presidency of Mitsubishi Firm (Thailand) Ltd and Thai-MC Firm in Bangkok, Thailand.

Through the announcement of the management change on the annual IUA nationwide dealership assembly, Sato says he was “sincerely grateful for the help through the years, happy with IUA’s resilience and tenacity throughout the previous few turbulent years and is assured in Matsui’s enterprise improvement expertise throughout quite a few world markets the important thing to persevering with to steer IUA to future success.” 

“IUA’s place out there has by no means been as sturdy as it’s at the moment, and we have now our sellers and prospects to thank for that,” Sato says.

“Undoubtedly, Mr Matsui’s historical past of main varied world mobility divisions for Isuzu fills me with absolute confidence that, below his management, IUA will proceed to go from energy to energy.” 

“Matsui-san’s appointment comes on the proper time for IUA, his expertise is vital to IUA’s future success.”

“Together with the honour of welcoming the latest-generation D-MAX and MU-X to our shores in 2020 and 2021 by way of YouTube—which was a excessive profession spotlight for me—it has been a privilege to steer the crew and Supplier community that has formed the marque into the top-10 automotive model that many Australians know and belief at the moment.”

“Please permit me to ship my honest gratitude to all of you, for supporting me by means of this very attention-grabbing and finally profitable 4 12 months journey… I want you all the very best and each success for the longer term. Thanks,” he says

Matsui’s appointment will lead IUA’s board of administrators, which incorporates Takeshi Yasui who oversees components, aftersales and equipment operations, Koichiro Yoshida who oversees gross sales, advertising and marketing and product planning capabilities, and Ms. Reiko Sato, who leads the finance, IT, HR and ddministration areas of the enterprise.

“The management crew have been instrumental in steering the model by means of one of the crucial difficult intervals within the final decade,” Matsui says.

“Beneath Mr. Sato’s watch, there have been clear outcomes due to the continued to deal with sustainable gross sales progress, while additionally concentrating on buyer satisfaction and retention—three essential areas that I plan to proceed driving ahead.” 

“With the market exhibiting promising indicators of restoration and each the D-MAX and MU-X proving common in the direction of the highest of their respective segments, I’m hopeful we are able to construct on the momentum that Sato-san has set for IUA,” he says.

With IUA’s deal with gross sales progress and buyer satisfaction persevering with into 2023, IUA is at present positioned as Australia’s tenth best-selling automotive model, with 1,931 D-MAX utes and a couple of,053 MU-X SUVs bought and delivered up to now throughout the primary two months of 2023.