Honda CEO promises to develop more exciting models
Honda’s new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, has promised to introduce more exciting models and lessen the company’s current focus on maximizing sales volumes for new vehicles.
Taking the reins from outgoing chief Takanobu Ito, Hachigo is credited with leading development of several sportier models in Honda’s history, including the CR-X, NSX and Prelude. He appears to be ready to allocate more resources for riskier projects to carry forward alongside core mainstream models.
“I plan to create a new Honda,” the CEO said at a news conference, as quoted by Automotive News. “Rather than focusing on numbers, it is important to come up with products that carry dreams and satisfy our customers. We will focus on the development of innovative products.”
Hachigo reportedly pointed to the S660 roadster and HondaJet aircraft as a sign of things to come.
Although the S660 will only be available in Japan, rumors suggest the company is working on a successor to the S2000. Slotting below the new Acura NSX, the “baby NSX” is expected to pair a turbocharged VTEC engine with a hybrid all-wheel-drive system for even more power, while an aluminum frame and carbon-fiber body could help keep weight down to just over 3,000 pounds.
The company has not yet detailed its more exciting product roadmap, though the S2000 revival is rumored to be scheduled for arrival in 2018.