Feb. 26 2019 10:12 AM

His focus will be on launching the company’s new Class 7 and 8 trucks.

Shigehiro Matsuoka

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Co. headquartered in Novi, Michigan, has announced that Shigehiro Matsuoka has been appointed president and CEO of Hino North America effective Feb. 1, 2019.

Matsuoka succeeds Yoshinori Noguchi who will step down after a record-breaking tenure as president and CEO of the medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturer. Noguchi will remain fully engaged as an executive advisor through March to ensure a smooth transition.

Under Noguchi’s leadership, Hino has enjoyed six consecutive record years of truck and parts sales, grew its dealer base by nearly 20 percent, launched its Connected Vehicle Strategy and Certified Ultimate dealer program, built a state-of-the-art corporate office in Novi and purchased a new manufacturing facility in Mineral Wells, West Virginia.

“On behalf of the entire dealer network, we would like to thank Mr. Noguchi for his leadership and action over the past six years,” commented Tim Matheny, president of Matheny Motors and chairman of Hino Trucks’ National Dealer Advisory Council. “Through his efforts, Hino has grown to become the most valued franchise in the industry and is now poised for even greater growth with its expanded product offering and dealer base,” added Matheny.

Matsuoka joined Hino in 1981 and has held various overseas assignments in his 38-year career with the company. Most recently, he was responsible for total support strategy and technical solutions, after-sales service, parts operations, and global production and parts logistics divisions for Hino Motors Limited.

“This is an important time of transformation for Hino as we expand into the Class 8 market, advance our connected vehicle strategy, elevate customer ownership experience and build on Hino’s presence in the U.S. market,” said Matsuoka. “I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the Hino Trucks team and further strengthen our commitment to continuous improvement and widen our range of product offerings.”

An initial focus for Matsuoka will be executing the launch of the new Class 7 and 8 A09-powered Hino XL7 and XL8 series trucks, first introduced in spring 2018, that are nearly ready to enter mass production at Hino Trucks’ newly acquired million-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Mineral Wells.