Our American brothers and sisters may be about to get the biggest windfall since the lottery was introduced. The Honda Civic Type R is going to be sold in America. Or maybe not.
We do know that the five-door Civic is making its way across the Atlantic from around summertime 2016 according to Japan’s business news outlet Nikkei, which is equivalent to the FT.com.
The Civic is built in the United Kingdom and Honda is planning to export around 30-40k units per year. If these reports are correct then it will mark a return for the Civic in the US after it was discontuned in 2005.
Honda has experienced slower than expected sales in Europe, the production plant in Swindon has a capactiy to churn out 250k units per year. At the moment the facility is underused because of the slowdown in demand.
Honda will stop manufacturing the Jazz at Swindon and instead ship it directly from Japan due to better exchange rates, a result of a weak Yen.
Honda’s European outlook has seen sales fall 11 percent since the start of 2015 although operating losses have narrowed. The Swindon plant also produces the Civic Tourer and CR-V crossover SUV.
The Civic Type-R will go on sale in Europe this summer, it will have a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which is said to deliver up to 300bhp.