Honda’s car-less CEO holding out for dream wheels — the Civic Type R

Honda says the 306 hp Civic Type R will go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds. It will be manufactured at Honda’s England assembly plant and exported to markets worldwide, including Japan and the U.S.

TOKYO — When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be the new CEO of Honda Motor Co., he didn’t rush out to buy a new car, Honda brand or otherwise.

Indeed, even months later, the self-confessed car-crazy veteran chief engineer remains probably one of the few automotive executives anywhere without his own set of wheels.

But Honda’s car-less CEO is holding out for a reason.

“There is a model I want, which will, as I have told you, be launched this autumn,” Hachigo said during his first media roundtable this month “I will wait.”

That model? The revived Civic Type R hot hatch that will be manufactured at Honda’s England assembly plant and exported to markets worldwide, including Japan and the U.S.

“Unfortunately, I don’t have a car now,” he said. “But I want to buy the Civic Type R.”

The Type R speaks both to Hachigo’s personal predilections and professional plans. Regarding the latter, he aims to revive Honda’s reputation as a purveyor of innovative engineering, stylish fun and cutting-edge cool. “I joined Honda because I loved cars and driving,” Hachigo said.

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