Honda selects production site for CivicFebruary 22, 2019
The company has officially confirmed that it will close its plant in the UK in 2021 and at the same time stop the assembly of the Civic in Turkey. The most likely candidate as a manufacturing base may be North America.
A few days ago, there were reports of Honda Motor’s plans to close its plant with British Swindon, and the Japanese company later confirmed them by providing additional information, which, however, leaves many questions regarding the new generation Civic, which is expected to enter the market in 2021.
In the UK, the Civic was made with a hatchback, and in Turkey, the factory in the city of Gebze was a sedan. Both versions were supplied in many countries. After the current generation is discontinued, it will no longer be produced either in the UK or in Turkey. The company connects this with economic reasons and a change in the situation on the world market.
Where will collect the new Civic? The main production base can be North America, and equally the United States and Canada. The main market for the Civic is currently the United States. Most of them have a sedan, but about 20% of the Civic are hatchbacks. Given this, the company can not only fully concentrate the production of Civic sedans in North America, but also hatchbacks too.
There is a possibility of transferring production to Japan, but much will depend on the policies of the US authorities, who are considering the possibility of increasing import tariffs on cars issued outside the country.
As for the plant in the UK, the company has already begun consulting with employees – 3,500 people are expected to be laid off. At the same time, Honda’s European headquarters will continue to operate in the UK.
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