Honda today marks the launch of the new CR-V model as part of a £267m investment programme into new models and engines at its Swindon plant.
This is the single biggest investment into Honda‘s UK manufacturing base in more than a decade.
The investment will support the introduction of the new Civic, CR-V, and 1.6-litre diesel engine for the Honda Civic.
Five hundred new staff — dubbed ‘associates’ — have been recruited and trained this year to build these new products, taking the total workforce to 3,500.
By the end of the year, production at the Swindon plant is forecast to have doubled on last year’s figure, up to 183,000 units. Honda aims to increase that figure to 250,000 units per year, within three years.
Around 60 per cent of Honda’s output from Swindon will be exported.