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Honda could be axing its UK car factory in 2022
Sources say Honda could announce closure of its Swindon plant, home of the Civic
More car industry casualties of Brexit in waiting? Sources say Honda is set to announce the closure of its factory in Swindon, UK. Such a move would put 3,500 on-site jobs ‘at risk’, plus thousands more in the factory’s nationwide supply chain.
The Swindon factory, which produces the Civic hatchback – including the 316bhp Type R – is Honda’s only car production plant in the EU. It’s already announced a six-day shutdown in April 2019 to assess disruption in relation to Britain’s impending exit from the EU on March 29, but a decision to close the factory entirely would come as a shock move.
Claims suggest Honda will maintain its company headquarters in Bracknell even if the Swindon plant is axed.
Honda has not yet officially commented on the reports, which first surfaced on Sky News on Monday February 18th. Currently, the factory produces more than 100,000 cars per year, the vast majority of which are exported.
More updates as we get them.