May 30, 2013
© 2014, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
From a press release
issued by Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.
Toru Muraki, the new President of Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. Announces New President
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. announces the appointment of former Executive Vice President Toru Muraki to President. Also as part of the restructuring, Takuya Sato is named Executive Vice President overseeing the company’s marine operations.
“Toru Muraki’s global motorcycle experience further positions Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. to succeed,” said Tak Iwatsuki, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc’s Chairman. “New product introductions, strong dealer support and care for the customer will remain our focus. And our leadership group is well-qualified to help us reach our goals.”
“I am eager to continue Suzuki Motor of America’s steadfast commitment to the powersports industry,” said Muraki. An avid motorcyclist, Muraki joined Suzuki’s U.S. powersports business in 2010 to lead the Motorcycle/ATV Marketing efforts. But his love for America began much earlier, during his first visit in 1987, where he visited much of the West Coast.
Tak was also pleased to announce, the appointment of Marine Industry expert, Takuya Sato. Overseeing Suzuki’s Marine Operations in the U.S., Takuya Sato brings a background in engineering that will assist the company’s already well-received outboard motors. “The U.S. marine market is unique in the world,” said Sato, “and I will help Suzuki continue to deliver industry-leading outboard technology to consumers interested in owning the best.”
SMAI and its management team would like to thank outgoing President Seiichi Maruyama for his great leadership and wish him best of luck as he returns to SMC to take on new role within the company’s European Automotive Business Operations.
About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor Corporation founded Suzuki Motor of America Inc. (SMAI), Brea, Calif., in 2013. SMAI markets motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, Outboard Engines and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit