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Honda to name R&D head Mibe as president for faster EV drive

Hachigo leaves driver's seat after pursuing plant closures and F1 exit

A Honda E electric car is seen at the Brussels Motor Show in January 2020.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will promote the head of its research and development unit as the company's new president, Nikkei has learned, signaling a deeper shift to electrification for the Japanese automaker.

The board of directors on Friday will name Toshihiro Mibe, a senior managing director, to succeed the current president, Takahiro Hachigo.

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