“It’s easy to apply 4WD. It’s easy to apply a bigger engine, but that distorts the total balance. If a car gets heavy that’s in contradiction to what we believe is dynamic performance. It’s a balance of all, and therefore we still insist on a FWD system. With smart technology application we still believe that we can achieve a high level of performance.” Some of the negatives of AWD that Kariya-san named off include: “too heavy, especially up front, sometimes difficult to handle and extremely expensive.” Throughout the interview the "man maximum, machine minimum
" principal was brought up. Adding AWD would skew this principal as it would put more machine between the driver and the car.