Honda will bring Civic production to the United States after closing their manufacturing plant in Great Britain.
Honda announced earlier this week that they would be closing their manufacturing plant in Swindon, England, quote reduced demand in Europe for their vehicles. They specifically said that their decision had nothing to do with the ongoing Brexit talks and Britain’s pending withdrawal from the European Union, but we’re sure that this decision was not NOT because of Brexit, if you catch our drift.
Swindon’s closure means the loss of 3,500 jobs, with the potential loss of up to 10,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. It also throws into doubt where Honda will build the Civic Type R for North America, as currently all Type R’s in the region are made in jolly old England.
Well, have no fear. Autoblog has received reports from Honda that the Type R is not going to die with their Swindon plant.
Despite an unpredictable US administration that likes to play fast and loose with tariffs of all kinds, Honda is looking at America as their next base of operations for the best front-wheel-drive car that money can buy.
Currently, Honda builds Civics at their Indiana plant, but none of them is the Type R. Autoblog didn’t mention if the Indiana plant would be expanded or if Honda would open in a new location, but they did mention their Ohio plant makes the Type R’s engine, which seems like it could be a likely spot.
They also mentioned not to expect anything until the Swindon plant closes, which won’t be until 2021. That’s conveniently right around the time when a new generation of Civic should debut, so that gives Honda plenty of time to wind things down overseas and build something Stateside to continue the Type R’s production.
And since the Type R is probably the most car you can buy for $34,000, that’s a good thing. Maybe this will even convince Honda to give America the more powerful 316 hp engine this time instead of Europe.