March 15, 2006

American Suzuki Motor Corporation Strengthens Executive Team

Andrew Charles

BREA, CA — American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced the additions of Gene Brown and Chuck Halper to its talented executive management team. With more than five decades combined of industry knowledge and experience, Brown and Halper arrive at ASMC at a time of record growth. In 2005, Suzuki sold 82,101 vehicles — the most in company history. This year, ASMC continues its impressive sales growth, selling an all-time monthly best 7,210 and 8,542 vehicles in January and February respectively.

Gene Brown joins ASMC as vice president, marketing and public relations, after marketing positions with Nissan and Ford. He oversees ASMC’s comprehensive marketing communications division, which includes all advertising and corporate communications activities. Tom Carney, who recently directed ASMC’s sales and marketing departments, will move to a senior role as vice president, sales.

Halper’s new role as vice president, quality and service affords him the opportunity to oversee all aspects of Suzuki’s rising customer service satisfaction and its improving customer retention. He also will manage the company’s training and service programs. Halper joins AMSC after positions as vice president, service at both Hyundai Motor America and Mitsubishi Motors North America.

“American Suzuki is delighted to welcome two automotive industry experts with proven track records for success,” said Koichi Suzuki, president of ASMC’s Automotive Operations. “Gene and Chuck are the kinds of experienced executives on which this company prides itself, and we look forward to their leadership in helping Suzuki continue its increasing levels of success.”

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