Honda Civic to be built in Swindon

Honda Civic to be built in Swindon

Honda's next-generation five-door Civic is to be built on British shores.

The Japanese automaker has announced that its plant in Swindon will be responsible for the global production of the car.

It is investing £200 million in the Wiltshire facility, taking total investment at the site to £2.2 billion since it opened in 1985, in a move that will also safeguard jobs.

Production of the next-generation CR-V will switch to Honda's plant in Ontario, Canada, so that the Swindon site can focus on becoming an international hub for the next-generation Civic.

The news is another boost to car manufacturing in the UK, after the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Coventry-based London Taxi Company recently revealed investment plans for production across the country.

Honda Motor Europe president Toshiaki Mikoshiba says the decision to base Civic production in Swindon demonstrates the area's strategic importance and shows the company's commitment to the UK.

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