Toyota India has announced the appointment of Akito Tachibana as the new Managing Director of the company. It would be in effect from April 1, 2016. Tachibana, a Toyota veteran, would be filling in the shoes of Naomi Ishii who has been appointed as the General Manager of Corporate Planning Division - Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan from 01st April 2016. This appointment is a part of the organization changes at Toyota Motor Corporation.
Mr. Akito Tachibana has spent three decades at Toyota. His experience in Toyota Motor Corporation spans across various functions like Domestic and Overseas Planning, Used Car and Product Management. He has worked in the Corporate Planning Function at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc. and also been responsible of Product Planning for North America. He has also headed Toyota Motor Vietnam Co Ltd as the President. Mr. Akito Tachibana currently heads the Technical, Purchase and Quality Assurance functions at TKM. Before his current assignment Mr. Akito Tachibana was working as the Executive Vice President - Toyota Motor Thailand.
Toyota India is looking forward to launch the Innova facelift in the country in the next couple of months. The Japanese automaker had showcased the facelift version of its hugely popular Innova MPV at the recently concluded 2016 Auto Expo. In addition, the new-generation Toyota Prius also made its India debut at the biennial event, and it is also expected to be launched soon in India. Besides Innova facelift and new Prius, Toyota would also launch the Fortuner facelift in the country. Although, it didn't showcase the new iteration of Fortuner at the 2016 Auto Expo but it would certainly launch by the end of the year in India, replacing the ongoing model.