On this day in auto history - July 13th

Tue 13th Jul 2021

It was on this day in 1989 that Japanese giant Honda announced massive investment in the UK by formally unveiling plans to build a new car production facility on the outskirts of Swindon.

The Honda brand was long-renowned in the UK for its popular range of motorcycles and began gaining traction in UK car market when imported versions of the Civic and Accord proved popular in the 1970’s.

Honda's move to UK production followed in the footsteps of arch rivals Nissan which had broken new ground for Japanese manufacturers when successfully opening a huge car plant in Sunderland four years earlier and coincided with Toyota’s plans to open a facility in Derbyshire.

The Swindon plant - built on a 400-acre site formally used for World War II aircraft production - eventually opened in 1992 with a production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year.

With a workforce in the region of 3,500, it currently produces both the Honda Civic and Honda CR-V.