British-built Honda Civic Type R to sell in Japan
In his inaugural speech as Honda Motor Company CEO, Takahiro Hachigo announced that the new Honda Civic Type R, built in Britain, will be shipped to customers in Japan.
THE DECISION TO only build the new Honda Civic Type R from Honda’s UK factory is a significant one for the 3000 workers employed at the plant. Honda Europe recently announced a £200 million re-fit, and that it would be the global hub for the new 2016 Honda Civic five-door model, which Hachigo teased today in his speech would be built off a new platform and get a detuned turbo engine.
Commenting on the news, Philip Ross, Senior Vice President for Honda Motor Europe, stated, “We’re delighted that the European Civic Type R will be sold to customers in Honda’s home country of Japan. Customers are really excited about this car and we’re developing a significant order bank here in Europe. Exporting the car to Japan will only serve to increase demand further, which is great news!”
The first Civic Type R rolled off the production line last week. While the rumour mill continues to grind with news the Civic Type R will be imported Down Under, Honda Australia maintains its line that no decision has been reached.