One of the many joys of working at Autocar is that we get to meet the men and women behind the car companies and understand a little bit about what makes them tick. Often these interviews are inspiring, though sometimes they are not. Almost always, the personality of the person at the top reflects in the products at the end of the line.

The one person I’d love to meet, but have yet to, is Toyota boss Akio Toyoda. Far from conventional, Toyoda-san is famous outside of his day job of running one of the world’s largest car companies for variously steering his company through the ‘unintended acceleration’ frenzy that turned out to be a non-story, racing supercars in endurance events, showing a fierce determination in the wake of the tsunami disaster and forcing through the Toyota GT86, a Toyota that it’s acceptable to yearn to own.