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First look at next generation British-built Honda Civic

8 Honda Civic

Honda has revealed a prototype of the next generation Civic, to launch next year.

It will be the first European vehicle to be available with Honda’s all-new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre Vtec Turbo petrol engines, while further improvements made to the existing 1.6-litre i-Dtec diesel engine.

The new Civic hatchback will be 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than the current generation. 

To be built at Honda UK in Swindon, the car will also be exported to global markets, going on sale in Europe in early 2017.

Jean-Marc Streng, general manager of Honda Motor Europe, Automobile Division, said: “The Civic is a core model for Europe with a strong sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers, Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand.

"The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and we hope will continue to be a key volume pillar for the European business. We are excited to be developing this next generation model and look forward to its introduction in early 2017.”

Jason Smith, Director of Honda UK Manufacturing, said: “By establishing HUM as a global production facility for the all-new Civic hatchback, Honda is demonstrating its long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

"This is incredibly important for HUM and is a reward for the commitment and effort put in by Honda associates in recent years. As a global production facility for the Civic hatchback we look forward to making the most of the opportunity to export this model not only to our European customers, but also to key global markets.”

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  • Rory - 01/03/2016 18:07

    I suppose it might appeal to younger, low level, company car users. But it doesn't look like it'll do anything to restore Honda's position in the wider market, which is a shame for HUM.

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