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New Honda CEO Doesn't Have a Car, Holding Out for Civic Type R

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/14/2015 Kelly Pleskot

You'd think Takahiro Hachigo, the CEO of a major automaker, would have his own car. But he doesn't, and Honda's top executive says he will remain without one until the Civic Type R arrives.

“Unfortunately, I don't have a car now. But I want to buy the Civic Type R,” Hachigo said, reports Automotive News. "I will wait," he also said.

Hachigo, who has been at Honda for over 30 years, took over as the company's president and CEO after Takanobu Ito stepped down. He assumed his current role in late June and only recently moved back to Japan after living overseas. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

“I joined Honda because I loved cars and driving,” said Hachigo, who developed his passion behind the wheel of his family's Celica. The first car he bought after joining Honda was a three-door Wonder Civic. Later, he transitioned over to an Accord and then an Odyssey minivan for family needs.

One of his major goals as CEO is to reinvigorate Honda's reputation as a maker of innovative and fun cars. Along with the Civic Type R, the other car he is most excited about is the S660, an turbocharged roadster available in Japan.

Until he gets his new car, the Honda CEO is biding his time by riding around a VTR250 motorcycle. But exactly how long will Hachigo have to wait? The Civic Type R comes out this fall, packed with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 306 hp. It reaches a top speed of 167 mph and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Fortunately, the model is coming to the U.S. market.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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