Spent a remarkable day at Honda’s R&D facility in Tochigi yesterday, trying new NSX, the latest FCV fuel cell vehicle, a new plug-in hybrid Accord and the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.

It was an interesting session on a number of levels - not just because we also got to try a few curveballs, such as the CR-Z prototype that’s tipped to spawn a new all-electric sports car, but also because it reaffirmed my belief that Honda can still innovate.

Read the first drive of the Honda NSX

The company’s name has been founded upon breaking new ground in engineering, but recently that reputation has been tarnished by a disturbing trend for showcasing technologies and then never quite bringing them to market. Heck, we’re still waiting for the NSX concept to finally be transformed into a car that’s out there, in public hands; small wonder that a number of the initial reviews of the car said that the looks already feel too familiar.