It’s ten years since the first Civic rolled off the line at Honda’s Swindon car plant. Since then, more than 700,000 Civics have started life at the Swindon. The introduction of the Civic led to dramatic growth in manufacturing at the site. In 1994, before the introduction of the Civic, the factory was building around 30,000 cars a year. By the following year numbers had risen to 91,000, with production now standing at 190,000. To cope with this increase in production, Honda has added a second production line and more than doubled the size of the workforce.
The Civic, which is produced in 3dr and 5dr variants, accounts for around 70% of Swindon production. Of the cars built at Swindon approximately 60% are exported to mainland Europe, North America and Japan.