Bomb! Honda will leave the United Kingdom in 2021 and close Swindon

Bomb! Honda will leave the United Kingdom in 2021 and close Swindon

In my village they say a lot: "So much goes the pitcher to the source that ultimately breaks ". For those who do not know, comes to say something like that, you can not abuse something (or someone) because in the end we will have problems. Well, this phrase could be applied without palliatives to the Brexit and all the paraphernalia that has accompanied it since several illuminated decided to leave the European Union .

The Brexit, is the worst thing that could happen to United Kingdom , because it affects key sectors of its economy as the automotive sector . Thus, we come to the situation we have now: that car manufacturers can or want to leave this country due to the loss of competitiveness. Well, the political and social instability created in the Anglo-Saxon country goes against business and Honda does not want added problems in Europe.

Honda leaves the UK, and does not confirm if it is for the Brexit

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

Taking into account the context in which the sector of the global car, Honda has made a difficult decision. In 2021 you will close the factory that has Swindon , United Kingdom and will cease its productive operations in the country. Apparently, this decision would not be directly motivated by the Brexit, but the uncertainty would not help meet its objectives.

According to statements of Katsushi Inoue, Director of European Regional Operations of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and President of Honda Motor Europe , the reasons for the closure of Swindon are as follows.

"In view of the unprecedented changes that are affecting our industry, It is vital that we accelerate our electrification strategy and restructure our global operations accordingly. As a result, we had to make this difficult decision to consult our workforce about how we could prepare our manufacturing network for the future. This has not been taken lightly and we deeply regret how unsettling today's announcement will be for our people "

With the numbers in hand, Swindon is a vital center for Europe. The installed capacity is 160 thousand units and the Civic and Civic Type R lines come out of it. In addition, 3,500 employees work directly with an auxiliary industry that quadruples the workforce. All in all, the British center will not be the only victim. The factory that Honda has in Kocaeli (Turkey) will also close its doors in 2021 and will abandon the manufacture of the Civic.


In any case, that Honda leave the UK can be classified as a failure for the Anglo-Saxon country. The brand has not yet confirmed that the Brexit was the culprit, but the time will be who says it. Therefore, do not panic when Nissan, Toyota ​​strong> or Ford decide to follow your path, because companies do not "little sisters of charity".

Source - Honda

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