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February 19, 2019

Honda is Closing the Factory That Makes the Civic Type R

The home of the Civic Type R will close its doors. This news was relayed by Honda in a statement as it restructures its global manufacturing network and accelerates its commitment to electrified cars.

Honda’s Swindon, U.K. vehicle manufacturing plant which produces 150,000 cars per year, including the Civic Type R will cease operations by 2021. The move is expected to affect approximately 3,500 workers.

Katsushi Inoue, Chief Officer for European Regional Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and President, Honda Motor Europe said; “In light of the unprecedented changes that are affecting our industry, it is vital that we accelerate our electrification strategy and restructure our global operations accordingly. As a result, we have had to take this difficult decision to consult our workforce on how we might prepare our manufacturing network for the future. This has not been taken lightly and we deeply regret how unsettling today’s announcement will be for our people.”

Along with Honda’s plants to shutter its U.K. production, the carmaker will also cease manufacturing in Turkey in 2021 as well.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Honda says they have no plans of relocating their European Headquarters which is currently located in the U.K. They remain focused serving the needs of their European customers from there.

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