28 September 2015

UK Car Industry: Honda #5

Swindon is in Wiltshire, in South West England and where Honda has a car plant. It came about due to a collaboration with BL (MG Rover) and the two got involved with various projects of mutual benefit. Honda started making the Accord in 1992, after the Concerto had been made for them by Rover. UK production from 1989 to 2011 can be found by clicking here.

In 2014 122,00 cars were made down on capacity by some margin so part of the plant has been mothballed. Engines made added up to 119,000 units. So a solid contribution to the economy but more is to come. Soon the Civic will be the only model made there and be exported around the world. The idea will be economy of scale no doubt, although just one model is exposed to life cycle fluctuations.
(More on that here).

Year CR-V Civic Jazz Total

2010 51,215 54,665 33,398 139,278

2011 47,971 26,215 23,273 97,459

2012 62,880 77,498 25,252 165,630

2013 71,972 41,840 25,000 138,812

2014 54,020 43,815 23,964 121,799

Total 288,058 244,033 130,887 662,978

Production share (car) of the UK total: 8.0%. UK value rating: 5/10.

The previous article is for the Toyota (found here). Next is GM Vauxhall (found here).

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