Production of the US version of the new Civic hatchback has started at Honda’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon. The first cars bound for the US set sail earlier this month and are due to arrive at US dealers in September.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) is the global production hub for the tenth generation Civic hatchback and received an investment of over £200 million to prepare for the start of production of this new model.
Jason Smith, Director at HUM said: “It’s a testament to our workforce that we’ve been chosen to deliver the tenth generation Civic hatchback. The export of the all-new Civic to North America is a fantastic achievement and the result of hard work and dedication from our associates.”
According to Honda, Civic is its biggest selling nameplate worldwide and this tenth generation is one of the most “comprehensive” new model developments ever undertaken by the brand.
Production of the hatchback for European markets will commence towards the end of 2016, with sales beginning in the first quarter of 2017. HUM will also export the model to other key global markets.
Jason added: “The whole team has shown a real determination to produce a vehicle of fantastic quality that lives up to the Honda Civic name. Our associates are at the heart of our business and the driving force behind our success, including over 650 new starters recruited specifically to support the production of the new car.”