06 May 2016

Honda Production History UK : 1989-2015


Honda cars have been made in the UK since 1989, but by Honda itself since 1992. The first car made was by Rover, the Concerto. Honda's first effort at its own plant in Swindon was the Accord. In all, five models have been made in Britain, as can be seen below:

Year Civic CRV Jazz Accord Concerto Total
1989 - - - - 2,100 2,100
1990 - - - - 26,500 26,500
1991 - - - - 36,000 36,000
1992 - - - 1,000 32,400 33,400
1993 - - - 32,100 18,400 50,500
1994 6,500 - - 36,300 8,700 51,500
1995 67,700 - - 23,400 2,200 93,300
1996 64,200 - - 41,600 - 105,800
1997 74,700 - - 33,400 - 108,100
1998 81,400 - - 30,700 - 112,100
1999 50,200 - - 64,300 - 114,500
2000 39,600 9,600 - 25,500 - 74,700
2001 77,600 6,400 - 28,500 - 112,500
2002 91,300 77,000 - 8,700 - 177,000
2003 70,700 114,000 - - - 184,700
2004 86,900 106,600 - - - 193,500
2005 64,700 122,300 - - - 187,000
2006 104,300 80,000 - - - 184,300
2007 139,700 98,100 - - - 237,800
2008 110,300 120,100 - - - 230,400
2009 47,200 19,400 8,900 - - 75,500
2010 54,650 51,225 33,400 - - 139,275
2011 26,200 47,975 23,275 - - 97,450
2012 77,500 62,875 25,250 - - 165,625
2013 41,850 71,975 25,000 - - 138,825
2014 43,825 54,025 23,950 - - 121,800
2015 46,312 60,095 13,007 - - 119,414
Tot 1,467,337 1,101,670 152,782 325,500 126,300 3,173,589

Honda best years were 2007 and 2008 but the downturn of 2009 knocked things back. They mothballed one of the two assembly lines which remains inactive. Any moderate increase in volume could be handled by the existing line.

The Jazz will soon be deleted and the new model sourced from Japan. The CR-V will also leave in a coupe of years as its model cycle ends. The new CR-V will come from Canada. This will leave just the 5-door hatch Civic but it will be the only plant in the world making it. It is estimated production will be about 120,000. I personally feel one model exposes a factory to cyclical volume fluctuation but I guess that has been weighed up by the accountants.

Last updated 13.06.16.


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