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Honda expands Swindon plant

ADDITIONAL expansion at Honda's Swindon plant will enable the manufacturer to meet growing fleet demand for Civic and the new Accord next year. Honda announced the creation of a further 400 jobs at the Swindon factory as it gears up for full production of the Civic Aero deck and the all-new Accord alongside the Civic 5-door.

The expansion takes the workforce to almost 3,000 for an investment of £460 million. It will increase capacity from 100,000 to 150,000 by the end of next year. Honda uses 248 local suppliers to achieve 90% European content, with about 75% of Swindon-built cars exported.

Corporate sales manager Nicholas Phillips said the appeal of running UK-built cars would further strengthen Honda's sales in the fleet market. 'From a fleet perspective this shot in the arm will enable us to match production more effectively with peak periods of demand during the year,' he said.

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