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Honda Secures The Future Of UK Manufacturing Plant

Future Of UK Manufacturing Plant

At the end of March, Honda secured the future of their Swindon based manufacturing plant, pledging an investment of £200 million which will see one of their most popular models, the five-door version of Civic hatchback produced there when it is updated. This is Honda’s only European manufacturing plant and the fact that it’s future has been secured showcases the overall commitment by brands to the UK automotive industry.

Also this past week, we saw Jaguar Land Rover announcing that they are to be spending around £600 million on their West Midlands operations (£400 million which will support the manufacturing of the Jaguar-XF at Castle Bromwich) as well as the owner of the London Taxi Company pledging £250 million (as well as 1,000 jobs) to the development of a new low-emission black cab at a soon-to-launch factor in Coventry. This takes the week’s overall investment in the UK motor industry to over £1billion, a figure which showcases the strength of the market and a continued commitment to British manufacturing.

Looking back to Honda’s announcement regarding their Swindon plant, it was announced that the investment will go towards new production equipment as well as introducing processed which will turn the plant into a global manufacturing hub for the model which will see exports being made to both Europe and other leading markets. At this stage, there is no announced increase in production, however hiring additional workers may be on the cards in the not too distant future.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) stated, “it has been a fantastic week for UK automotive. Honda’s decision to build its next generation Honda Civic, a global car in an important and growing segment, here in the UK caps off a record six days – the first time three manufacturers have announced nine-figure investments over such a short period of time.”

Speaking with the team at Cox Motor parts, one of the UK’s leading retailers of genuine Honda parts, they commented on the investment, “Over the past 12 month’s, we’ve seen a fantastic increase in the sale of genuine Honda parts and this simply shows testament to the strength of the brand within the UK, Europe and other leading markets. Of course, for Honda to announce this past week that manufacturing of the new five-door Honda Civic hatchback further showcases the capability of UK manufacturing and that the plant is in a position to handle the production of such a fantastic model. As a genuine dealer, we can only look forward to there being more Honda cars on the road and are pleased to see such a strong investment not only from Honda but from all within the UK automotive market as a whole. With such a strong history in the manufacturing of cars, it makes sense that production of at least some models needs to be taking place on our shores.”

Honda cars between 10 to 15 lakh

Honda is a Japanese car company that is known for producing reasonably fuel efficient vehicles with low maintenance costs. The carmaker is a well established brand that is known for its reliable engines and futuristic styling. It currently offers five different models in the Indian market including Honda Brio, Amaze, CR-V, Mobilio and City. Honda Mobilio and Honda City are two Honda cars between between Rs 10-15 lakh.

Honda Mobilio

Honda entered the MPV segment in India with the launch of Honda Mobilio and it is the most recent among Honda cars between 10 to 15 lakh. The car is a stylish looking seven-seater with good interior space and flexible seating. It boasts of the most advanced, contemporary and up-market features. The car is available in a total of seven variants in both petrol and diesel guises but it misses out on an automatic variant in both the forms. The petrol unit carries a 1.5-litre, 6 cylinder i-VTEC power plant that belts out 117bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. The diesel version of the car is powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC mill that also does duty in Amaze and City. It produces a top power of 99bhp and a peak torque of 200Nm. The petrol version offers 17.3kmpl of mileage while the diesel version chips in an impressive 24.2kmpl of fuel economy. The car is fun and easy to drive and has been cleverly slotted by Honda between Maruti Ertiga and Toyota Innova.

Honda Mobilio

Honda City

City, the mid-size sedan from Honda is the most popular product by the company in India. It is the most sought after among Honda cars between 10 to 15 lakh and carries a strong aspirational value among the Indian buyers. The company unveiled the fourth generation City in 2013 and was subsequently launched in 2014.

The car is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol unit carries the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that churns out 98bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. The diesel version of the car is powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that delivers 119bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. The petrol version gets a five-speed manual CVT gearbox and the diesel version is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Honda City is the most the most fuel efficient car in India across all segments and the diesel version delivers a highly impressive mileage of 26kmpl. The petrol version of this car is already close to 50% market share. It is fun to drive in both city and on Highways.

Apart from these two models, Honda is also offering Honda CR-V that in the high end category and goes way above Rs. 15 lakh with a starting price of Rs. 20.25lakh.

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