'We will continue to take the Civic Type R from Europe throughout the current model’s production lifecycle and we intend for the next generation model to also have a home in Australia,' says Stephen Collins, director for Honda's local division.
Honda Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to the currently UK-sourced Civic Type R, despite its global parent announcing the factory that makes it will shut its doors in 2021.
The Swindon plant is the only Honda facility that makes the Civic Type R (pictured) currently, though the company's local director, Stephen Collins, says the current model will see out its lifecycle and confirmed plans for a next-generation model after that.
"We are aware of the changes announced yesterday regarding Honda’s global business activities. Honda Australia currently receives the Civic Type R from the Swindon manufacturing plant in the UK," Collins said in a statement.
"There are no changes that impact Honda Australia or our customers – we will continue to take the Civic Type R from Europe throughout the current model’s production lifecycle and we intend for the next generation model to also have a home in Australia.”
"We will also continue to support Honda’s management team as they restructure our global automobile production operations to ensure Honda remains strong and can continue offering products that fulfill the needs of our customers around the world," he added.
Overnight Honda announced it would be closing its UK factory along with its facility in Turkey. The Swindon plant in the UK currently produces around 160,000 Civics each year, while the Turkish factory has an output of about 40,000 units annually across several model lines..
Unlike other brands, though, Honda has been quick to blame issues with the global car market rather than Brexit.
More than 4500 jobs will be lost across the British and Turkish factories (3500 in the UK, 1000 in Turkey), though it's unclear where vehicles will be sourced from post-2021.
In Australia, the majority of Honda's models are sourced from Thailand, with the exception of the Odyssey people mover (Japan) and obviously the Civic Type R (UK).