Honda Civic Hatchback Coming Back to U.S.

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The Honda Civic Hatchback is returning to North America after being gone for nearly a decade.

According to a report from the Nikkei, Honda will build its next-generation Civic five door at its plant in Swindon, U.K., which will begin sending cars across the pond in summer of 2016. Swindon is able to build 250,000 cars annually when running at full capacity, but currently, one of its production lines is sitting idle.

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The report says that about 40,000 to 50,000 Civic hatchbacks will be allotted for North America. The driving factor behind the move is to fully utilize the production facility in the UK, although even these extra cars won’t have Swindon operating at capacity.

Selling the Civic Hatchback in North America will allow Honda to directly compete with the with other available five-door offerings like the Mazda3, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and VW Golf. Closely related to the current Fit, the Civic Hatchback has a slightly smaller footprint than the North American Civic Sedan.

[Source: Nikkei via TTAC]

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Sir Sir on Mar 31, 2015

    If it's a 5 door hybrid, then you can keep that crap in the UK.

  • Drdaddo Drdaddo on Mar 31, 2015

    we need a 3 door hatch, the smaller the better. the fit is so not a civic. civics are waaaaay too big nowadays

    • Ryan Ryan on Apr 15, 2015

      You really want those tiny little hatchbacks again? They're bigger for a reason. Crash safety, bigger engine fitment, more passenger space.