Akio Toyoda, the driving force behind the Lexus LF-A and grandson of the founder of Toyota, will become the Japanese automakers new president and CEO in June. Toyoda, 52, will succeed the current President Katsuaki Watanabe. He will become the youngest president in Toyota’s history.
Toyoda is currently executive vice president at Toyota. According to Automotive News, he said he hopes to someday be seen as the “flag” that rallied a corporate comeback after the current global economic crisis. He is known as a big motor racing fan and has raced in the Nurburgring 24.
The Lexus LF-A program wouldn’t have survived as long as it did under Toyota if it wasn’t for Toyoda. The grandson of the founder also demonstrated the car himself at Fuji Speedway late last year at the Toyota Motor Sports Festival.