By Jonathan Davies
Honda has announced plans to invest £200 million in its production plant in Swindon, making it a global hub for construction of the latest Civic model.
The Japanese car manufacturer will secure 3,000 jobs at the factory, with the production line set for upgrades ahead of work on the new Civic.
It comes as fears were growing over the future of the plant due to struggling production in recent years. Honda cars have been made at the Swindon plant since 1985, but it made just 120,000 cars last year, compared with 230,000 at its peak in 2008. Output was cut as a result of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
“This announcement sends a clear message to our associates and suppliers of the strategic importance that Honda Motor Company places on producing cars at our plant in Swindon,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president of Honda Motor Europe.
Work on the new Civic Type R is due to start in the middle of this year, although the design is yet to be released.
The Swindon plant is currently used to produce the CRV and Jazz models, but they will be moved to sites in Canada and Japan.