Takahiro Hachigo has promised to inject excitement into Honda's lineup.
Honda's recently anointed CEO Takahiro Hachigo doesn't even own a car, but there's a very good reason for that: he's waiting for the new Civic Type R.
Hachigo, who last month took over the company from former president and CEO Takanobu Ito, has promised to "create a new Honda" by invigorating the company's lineup with exciting new offerings. A self-avowed car enthusiast, Hachigo has stated he would like to focus on product rather than chasing sales numbers.
It appears he will also put his money where his mouth is. When asked by members of the Japanese press recently what kind of car he owns, Hachigo admitted that while he doesn't yet have one, though his wife drives a Honda N-One supercompact city car finished in red and black two-tone. Hachigo himself keeps a Honda VTR250 motorcycle in the garage, but is waiting for the next-generation Civic Type R to begin production so he can add one to his garage.
The Civic Type R is the upcoming 300hp compact that will revive the legendary Type R moniker, a long-time identifier of top-level performance Hondas. Close-to-production prototypes have claimed the fastest lap times for a front-wheel-drive car on the Nurburgring circuit. Notably, the new Civic Type R will be coming to the US for the first time in the model's nearly two decades in production.
Hachigo is also reportedly a fan of the new S660 roadster, and an S2000 successor is rumored to be in the works.