New Honda Civic Unveiled in UK
Honda has unveiled the 10th generation of the Honda Civic at the company’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon, with production of the car underway and the first units on already making their way to the North American market. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) has stepped up to become the global production hub for the ubiquitous Civic hatchback, with the model set to be exported to more than 70 countries.
The launch of this new Civic corresponds to soaring EU growth for the popular saloon. Honda is Europe’s fastest growing mainstream brand in 2016 with sales growing by 33%, compared to 2015, as the brand progresses towards its next sales ambition of 200,000 sales in Europe.
The Swindon 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 Civic, bringing Honda’s total investment in HUM to more than £2.2 billion since 1989.
Katsushi Inoue, President and Chief Operating Officer of Honda Motor Europe said: “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. We’re also setting out a clear and sustainable future role for HUM, broadening our export markets beyond Europe.”