LOS ANGELES -- American Suzuki Motor Corp., hoping to reach its annual sales goal of 100,000 units in the United States, has added to its sales and marketing team at its headquarters outside Los Angeles.
Tom Carney, director of sales and marketing, has been promoted to the new position of vice president of sales. Carney, 48, has been with the company for five years.
Suzuki also added two other positions: vice president of quality and service, and vice president of marketing.
Chuck Halper, an industry veteran who recently worked at the U.S. units of Hyundai and Mitsubishi, has been named vice president of quality and service.
Gene Brown, formerly with Nissan North America Inc., was named to the new marketing post.
Halper, 58, was named the 2002 Automotive News All-Star in the service category. He left Hyundai in 2003 and joined Mitsubishi in December of that year to work with former boss Finbarr O'Neill. Halper resigned from Mitsubishi last July, after O'Neill's departure in January 2005.
Halper had been a consultant with Suzuki since October.
Brown, 39, had been the truck model line manager at Nissan since 2003.
Suzuki sold 82,101 vehicles in the United States last year, its biggest sales year since 1987. Sales were up 36.1 percent through the first two months of this year to 15,752 units.
The company will introduce the SX4 compact crossover in the third quarter of this year and a redesigned XL-7 SUV in the fourth quarter.
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