BREXIT CLAIMS HONDA SCALP

Unfortunately it appears as if Brexit has claimed another motor industry victim in Honda Motor. The company has announced that it will shut down its United Kingdom manufacturing plant in 2021 at the end of current model’s lifecycle. Although the official reason put forward is that “this restructure comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry”, we all know better. All the flip flopping and uncertainty surrounding Brexit has made manufacturers who build cars in the UK very nervous.

 

There is no reason that Honda could not have upgraded the plant in order to accommodate the said electrified car revolution. Instead they will close it down. At the moment the Swindon plant produces 150 000 cars annually for the Honda brand and employs roughly 3 500 people. However, this does not mean Honda is pulling out of the UK.

 

Katsushi Inoue, Chief Officer for European Regional Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and President, Honda Motor Europe said; “In light 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 have had to take this difficult decision to consult our workforce on how we might 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.”

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