But Mibe dialed it up a notch. Just weeks after assuming office, he embarked on a radical makeover that envisions phasing out the company's famed internal combustion engines by 2040 on the road to transforming Honda into a carbon-neutral power and mobility provider.
The veteran engineer and former R&D boss, who was Honda's liaison with partner General Motors over the years, is also more open-minded about teaming with other companies to acquire the know-how Honda lacks in order to succeed in an era buffeted by change.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mibe, 60, sat with Asia Editor Hans Greimel to discuss Honda's all-in-on-EVs play, his thoughts about capital alliances, the automaker's plan to shift to solid-state batteries and his vision for a new Honda in the age of new mobility. Here are edited excepts.