Honda Will Keep Building The Civic In North America Despite European Factory Closures

Honda has confirmed that it will continue to build Civics in North America.

Immediately following news that Honda will end UK and Turkish production of the Civic in 2021, the car manufacturer indicated that it could shift production of the Civic hatchback to North America. Speaking with AutoNews, Honda chief executive Takahiro Hachigo suggested this is what will happen.

“Given our efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America,” Hachigo said.

Examples of the Honda Civic hatchback currently sold in the United States are built by the marque’s UK factory in Swindon.

Hachigo did not say where in the U.S. production of the next-generation Civic will take place and failed to reveal how many more Civics will be built in North America as a result of the change. His statement also fails to shed light on what facilities will handle Civic production for markets outside of North America. In addition, it remains unconfirmed if Civic hatchback production will be shifted to North America.

For those that didn’t know, Honda already builds the Civic at its plant in Alliston, Ontario, Canada and at a facility in Greensburg, Indiana. Last year, these factories built 281,126 Civics, substantially more than the roughly 150,000 Civics built in the UK last year and the 38,000 Civic sedans constructed in Turkey.

Honda asserts that it decided to close its Swindon facility as part of a revision of its global manufacturing operations that will help to accelerate its commitment to electrified cars. While Honda didn’t mention it, the strong possibility of a no-deal Brexit is thought to have also played a role in the decision.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    “While Honda didn’t mention it, the strong possibility of a no-deal Brexit is thought to have also played a role in the decision.”

    This is the main reason, they’re just being diplomatic.

    The Civic has been manufactured in the US for decades now and I don’t see this changing given how strong the output has been.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      It may be a reason but I don’t think it’s the main one (or certainly the only one).
      I think they are retreating. They want to protect their home manufacturing plants (who wouldn’t?) and as the EU has given them a free pass to import into Europe, the restricting tariffs now gone, they see it as the ideal way to safeguard manufacturing in Japan. That and the fact the the Koreans have most certainly given them a good kick in the “Charlie Smalls” taking over their position as the nation with reliable, affordable cars for the masses.
      They no doubt see the impending approach of China who may usurp Korea’s position and flood the market with inexpensive affordable (and eventually desirable) cars.
      Japanese design today looks to me as though it was designed primarily for its domestic market.
      They need to find their usp as they have lost their way over the last decade.

    • Sovereignty

      Nothing to do with Brexit.

      The planned closure of Honda’s plants in Europe is because of the EU-Japan trade deal. Nissan will be next to close both of their factories Spain and the one in the UK, because they are happy to bring manufacturing back to Japan now there are no tariffs. The US obviously remains unaffected because there are tariffs between the the EU and US, and also Japan and the US.

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