Civic Type R fans rejoice, the 300 horsepower hot hatch will still continue production elsewhere outside of the UK after 2021.
With Honda set to close up shop in the UK as well as in Turkey in two years time, the automaker has revealed that they will be shifting production of the Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R (CTR) to North America. That's right, the Civic Type R will continue to be produced only this time, it will be made either in the US or in Canada.
“Given our efforts to optimize production allocation and production capacity on a global scale, we have concluded that we will produce the Civic for North America in North America,” said Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
Honda has yet to say where in North America the CTR will be built, but the company does make the Civic Sedan for the US market at its Greensburg plant in Indiana. They also have a plant in Canada (located in Alliston, Ontario) which also makes the same sedan. With the addition of the Civic hatchback production in North America, Honda will no longer need to ship the hatch and CTR from the UK to the North American market as before.
As to where the engines of the CTR will be made, Honda can either have it built at their engine plant in Anna, Ohio or in one of the engine facilities in Alliston, Ontario.
The company denies that the closing of the factories was due to Brexit. Instead, the closure of the factories stemmed from the company's plan to accelerate their commitment to electric and electrified automobiles, as well as in other automotive changes. Moreover, Hachigo stated that new Europe-Japan trade deals made it more competitive to ship cars from Japan instead of having them built in continental Europe.
Source: Automotive News