700 new UK jobs at Honda
- European demand for Civic 'unprecedented'
- 250,000 vehicles to be built at Swindon per year
- Good news for British car industry
Honda will create 700 jobs in the UK, thanks to unprecedented demand for the new Civic.
Honda, who will have built 190,000 vehicles at its Swindon plant by the end of 2006, will be upping production to the plant's maximum capacity of 250,000 vehicles by the end of 2007.
To achieve this target, the staff roster at the Swindon plant will increase from 4200 to 4900.
Most of the cars built will be three- and five-door Civics. Honda says that demand for the latest car is sky high – more were sold in the first eight months of 2006 than in the whole of 2005. The plant will also produce the third-generation CR-V 4x4, which goes on sale in January next year.
After the gloom caused by Peugeot's announcement in April that it would be closing its Coventry plant, the British car industry has seen something of an upturn. Nissan, Mini, and now Honda, have all recently announced big investments in British labour.
The news has been welcomed by the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT). A spokesman told whatcar.com: 'The news demonstrates that the industry has a bright future, and that manufacturers are prepared to invest in a highly-skilled, flexible workforce.'
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