Honda Boss Speaks Of Civic Pride In Swindon
New model unveiled as South Marston plant gears up with £200m investment
Any fears of a post-Brexit withdrawal by car giant Honda in Swindon were banished today with an upbeat unveiling of the newest generation Civic.
- new £200 million investment in Swindon factory
- 160,000 yearly production target
- extra 600 taken on to meet demand
The South Marston plant is Honda’s flagship production facility in Europe, employing 3,600 people, and plays a key role in Honda’s global manufacturing network.
The company has invested a further £200m into the factory in preparation for production of the new model (the 10th generation), bringing Honda’s total investment in Swindon to more than £2.2 billion since 1989.
"As we reveal this new Civic, we look forward with confidence as we expand the role of our Swindon manufacturing plant. Honda has made significant investments in this facility and this next step is an important endorsement of the skills and expertise of our workforce," commented
Katsushi Inoue, President and Chief Operating Officer of Honda Motor Europe before adding:
"This was our plan regardless of Brexit, so no change."
Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon is the global production hub for the new Civic hatchback with a yearly target of 160,000 to be made, mainly exported to more than 70 countries around the world, including North America and Canada.