Monday, 6 July 2015
UK-built Honda R heads for Japan
Today, in his inaugural speech as Honda Motor Company CEO, Takahiro Hachigo said the new British-built Civic Type R is heading for customers in Japan.
This news is a further boost for the 3,000 associates working at the UK-based plant in Swindon, as it follows the recent announcement of new investment at the plant of £200 million, with HUM becoming the global production hub for the next generation Civic five door model.
The first Civic Type R rolled off the production line at HUM only last week. Speaking at the start of volume production, HUM's managing director, Mr. Takizawa commented,
The new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and high-performing model so far built. With a high-revving all-new 2-litre VTEC TURBO engine, advanced new suspension systems, stand-out function-led styling and a new +R track mode Honda claims it is set to bring new standards to Europe's high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. Peak power output is 310PS, with the engine red-lining at 7,000 rev/min, delivering a class-leading top speed of 167mph.
The announcement made in March that HUM would become the global production hub for the Civic five door model. The investment of £200 million for the plant brings total investment to £2.2 billion since 1985 and confirming “Honda's long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe”, according to the company.