New Delhi, Dec. 1 -- Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has enrolled a seasoned Japanese bureaucrat in a key role as it seeks to protect its leadership of the domestic market amidst changing regulations, falling sales and intensifying competition, said four people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Kenichiro Toyofuku is the new director of corporate planning department at Maruti. With this appointment, the country's largest carmaker will be looking to tap his expertise given Toyofuku was until recently the head of Japan Plus, formed to facilitate and fast-track Japanese investment proposals in India, and comprised officials from India's Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade and Japan's ministry of economy, trade and industry (ME...