Honda UK has announced that volume production of the Jazz model has officially begun at the company’s
The first British-built Jazz was driven off the production line on 7 October.
The carmaker claims production of the vehicle was moved to the UK from
Honda stated that company policy dictates building the most popular cars in the markets in which they are sold. The Jazz has comprised 70 per cent of all Honda scrappage deals.
The carmaker said that the five-door family supermini has been successful because of consumer trends toward smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.
In the current financial year, the Swindon factory will build 20,000 units of Jazz, 75 per cent of which will be sold within the
The planned total production level for the
David Hodgetts, director at Honda of the UK Manufacturing, said: ‘We see this third model as a wonderful opportunity in the current climate and we’re extremely proud to be building the Jazz here in
‘The car is incredibly popular with customers, and it has won countless awards for quality and reliability. Shifting production to the
The beginning of volume production follows a four-month shutdown earlier this year at the
The four-month shutdown allowed Honda to rebuild assembly lines and bring in new robots and machinery for the Jazz.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claims the impact of the
The SMMT stated that as a direct result of the scheme, the market in July, August and September performed better than expected, providing three consecutive months of growth.
There are some indications it also helped car production in the