Honda on Friday named a chief executive for the automaker at Toshihiro Mibe. Mibe reaches the position of CEO from his current role as Senior Managing Director and Chairman of R & D, but the Honda veteran has very humble roots in research and development. Notably, Mibe joined Honda in 1987 and spent most of his career in vehicle and engine R&D. We all know that Honda’s glory days came from subtle engineering and successes, so the move has a strange enthusiasm among roadshow employees.
Mibe’s naming comes as the current CEO Takahiro Hachigo, which is dominant. During his six-year tenure on 1 April, he had an electrified vision for the vehicle manufacturer.To develop electric cars, fuel cell powertrains and autonomous vehicle technologies of the future. However his time at the top was not without some controversial decisions. The Hachigo Oversaw factory consolidation decision, especially in the UK, and they trimmed Honda’s lineup, did not expect cars to simply toss. The Honda Civic Coupe and Fit come to mind here in the US.
Now, Mibe will step in to advance or refine Honda’s electrification era. The company had previously stated that it wants to make two-thirds of the vehicles sold by 2030, electrified cars. It will focus heavily on everything from hybrids to plug-in hybrids and EVs – perhaps fuel cell vehicles.