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Investment boost for Honda plant

Car giant Honda has shown its commitment to the UK by announcing that its Swindon plant will be the world manufacturing centre for its next-generation five-door Civic model.

In a move which will safeguard jobs, Honda is investing £200 million in the Wiltshire facility as Swindon becomes a global production hub for the new Civic.

As Swindon develops into a specialist Civic production facility, manufacture of the next generation CR-V will switch to Honda's plant in Ontario, Canada.

Speaking about the Civic production, Honda Motor Europe president Toshiaki Mikoshiba said: "This announcement sends a clear message of the strategic importance that Honda places on producing cars at our plant in Swindon."

Civic production began at Swindon more than 20 years ago. Honda has now invested more than £2.2 billion in the Wiltshire plant since 1985.

The Honda news is the latest in a series of recent boosts to car manufacturing in the UK, with Jaguar Land Rover and Coventry-based London Taxi Company announcing investment plans in the last few days.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes said: "It has been a fantastic week for UK automotive, with more than £1 billion earmarked by vehicle manufacturers for new model production that will drive further growth for the sector."

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