TOKYO -- "I would like to make a sports car," Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito said. "It would be environmentally friendly and have great performance."
But he laid out two conditions that have to be met before the automaker launches a new sports car:
"Once we have that technology and once we have cash on hand, I would like to see Honda have a sports car that symbolizes our technology."
Ito, who designed the ground-breaking all-aluminum chassis for the NSX sports car in 1990, says the future is about clean, sustainable cars -- and sports cars are no exception.
"Sure, there are folks who like that 'vroom' of the engine out of nostalgia," Ito told Reuters this month. "But those people are stuck in the past. The era of V-10 engines is gone."