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Electric-vehicle shift is chance to adapt: Honda R&D chief

Auto and parts makers will survive only with cooperation and agility, says Matsumoto

Honda R&D chief Yoshiyuki Matsumoto shows a concept for an autonomous, shared electric vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January.

TOKYO -- Electrification is rippling through the automotive world, with France and the U.K. moving to phase out fossil-fuel vehicles and China considering following suit. With the internal combustion engine sliding out of the spotlight, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president and CEO of Honda R&D, spoke with The Nikkei about this and other challenges from the shift toward electrification. Edited excerpts follow.

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