Honda Civic Type R: Production starts as demand hots up

The first Honda Civic Type R drove off the production line this week, but you won’t be able to get hold of one yourself until February next year.

Sales of the hot hatch have been going so well that the waiting list now extends for months, despite the first models only being built this week. In front of hundreds of production staff and management from Honda’s European car manufacturing facility in Swindon, the first three cars, in patriotic red, white and blue rolled off the line on their way to European dealerships.

Every Civic Type R will be built in Swindon, along with the five-door Civic for the global market, extending the factories reach beyond Europe for the first time.

Touching on the expertise created after more than 20 years of building the Civic in the UK, Soichiro Takizawa, managing director at Honda UK Manufacturing, said “The new Civic Type R is an imperative model for Honda, representing our racing spirit and demonstrating our commitment to innovation and passion. We are extremely proud to be the only manufacturer of the Civic Type R in the world. Our high standards have earned us this privilege and this is testament to the continued commitment of our Associates.”

The new Honda Civic Type R will be built exclusively for Europe in Swindon. The announcement made in March that the factory will become the global production hub for the Civic five door model will see a further investment of £200 million for the plant, bringing total investment to £2.2 billion since 1985, and confirming Honda’s long-term commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Europe.

The new Civic Type R is available to order now, although you will be waiting some time for delivery. Find out what we thought of the car right here, and then check out Xcar’s view of the Type R in their video.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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