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Honda names new president to lead charge into electric era

Development head Mibe seen by Japan carmaker as environmental expert

Toshihiro Mibe, Honda's next president, speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on February 19. (Photo by Ryosuke Hanada)

TOKYO -- Honda Motor has named the chief of its research and development arm as its new president as the Japanese automaker shifts further toward electric vehicles and carbon-neutral production.

Toshihiro Mibe will take up his new post in April, Honda announced on Friday, following a decision by its board of directors.

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