Honda has confirmed that both the new Civic hatchback for Europe and the next generation CR-V will be built at its Swindon assembly plant.
In a further boost to the Swindon factory, weekly production will return to normal levels in early September after a period of parts supply interruption following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year.
The new Civic – designed exclusively for Europe and tested extensively on the region’s roads – will be the ninth generation of the popular hatchback.
Production of the small family car will start later in the year at Swindon, ahead of the sales launch in early 2012.
The introduction of the new model into production remained on plan during the recent parts supply interruption and the 3,000 Honda workers continue to prepare for the arrival of the new Civic, as well as conduct additional training to further their development during this time.
“Our associates are all really excited to be producing the next generation of Civic here at Swindon,” said Mark Trowbridge, director of quality and new model. “The next six months will be busy, as we ramp up to full production following the training and trial builds of the new car.
“The fact that we will be the only Honda plant in the world producing this hatchback version of the new Civic, makes us extremely proud of the highly skilled and dedicated team we have working here in Swindon,” Trowbridge added.
Honda Swindon will also produce the next generation CR-V, which will go on sale in Europe from autumn 2012.