New Honda Civic hatchback heads stateside

New Honda Civic hatchback heads stateside
New Honda Civic hatchback heads stateside
  • Production and export of US Civic hatchback commences
  • Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, UK is global production hub for hatchback model
  • Production for European Civic hatchback model starts later this year with sales starting early 2017

Production of the US version of the new Civic hatchback has started at Honda’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon. The first cars bound for the US set sail earlier this week, due to arrive in US dealers in September. Honda of the UK manufacturing (HUM) is the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic hatchback, and received an investment of over £200 million to prepare for the start of production of this new model.

Civic is Honda’s biggest selling nameplate worldwide and this tenth generation is one of the most comprehensive new model developments ever undertaken by the brand. The four-door sedan version was launched in US in late 2015, and received the coveted North American Car of the Year award.

Production of the hatchback for European markets will commence towards the end of 2016, with sales beginning in the first quarter of 2017. HUM will also export the model to other key global markets.

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) is Honda’s flagship production facility in Europe and a key part of Honda’s global manufacturing network. Since 1989, Honda’s total investment in HUM has exceeded £2.1 billion.