Honda has marked its biggest investment in its Swindon plant in a decade with the launch of the new CR-V.
The launch of the new model is part of a £267 million investment programme into new models and engines at Swindon plant, supporting the introduction of new Civic last December, CR-V now and a new 1.6-litre diesel engine for Honda Civic from this December.
Some 60% of production is for export.
This year 500 new staff have been recruited and trained to build these new products, taking the total workforce to 3,500.
By the end of the year, production at the Swindon plant is forecast to have doubled on last year’s figure, up to 183,000 units. Honda aims to increase that figure to 250,000 units per year, within 3 years.
Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK, said: "This investment programme underpins Honda’s commitment to manufacturing in Britain and to our UK workforce. It also reaffirms the Swindon plant’s position as the cornerstone of Honda’s European operations, as it has been for over 20 years."