Honda Civic Type R production commences
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6th July, 2015
Last week hundreds of production staff and management from Honda’s
European car manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK, joined invited guests to celebrate the first production models of the
highly-anticipated Civic Type R rolling off the line.
Breaking cover at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) to a high-energy fanfare of lights and music, the first three
models arrived in patriotic red, white and blue respectively as they left the line heading to Honda dealerships across
Addressing those gathered for the event, Soichiro Takizawa, Managing Director at HUM, took the opportunity to thank
staff for their continued commitment and hard work, expressing the shared pride felt by all at HUM in seeing the all-new
British-built Civic Type R in the metal.
The ceremony topped a very positive few months for HUM, following an announcement in March confirming that it will
become the global production hub for Honda’s flagship Civic five door model, extending its reach beyond European shores.
Reflecting this achievement in his address to those attending, Mr Takizawa spoke of renewed optimism for the plant –
regarding it as a major milestone and testament to the knowledge and experience of staff who have been building Civics at
the plant for more than twenty years.
Mr Takizawa commented: “The new Civic Type R is an imperative model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and
demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion. We are extremely proud to be the only manufacturer of the Civic
Type R in the world. Our high standards have earned us this privilege and this is testament to the continued commitment
of our associates.”
Billed as a ‘Race car for the road’, the new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and high-performing model to ever
wear the acclaimed ‘Red H’ badge. With a high-revving all-new two litre VTEC TURBO engine, advanced new suspension
systems, stand-out function-led styling and a new +R track mode it is set to bring new standards to Europe’s
high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. Peak power output is 306BHP with the engine red-lining at
Whilst it has been confirmed that the UK-made Civic Type R hatchbacks will be exported to Japan, there is no word just
yet about any Australian release of this highly desirable 'hot hatch'.