Honda’s Swindon factory has been given a huge boost of confidence from the recent What Car? 2005 reliability survey.
Not only was Honda named the most reliable brand, but the report highlighted British built models as the top two. The previous Accord, built at Swindon until 2002 and the Civic were one and two respectively.
"It’s great to see the 3,800 workers’ efforts being recognised," commented Steve Oliver, Head of Customer department at Honda (UK).
"The Japanese manufacturers are rightly being showered with praise in the reliability stakes but what is really rewarding is seeing British built cars at the top of the pile."
This built-in reliability is a great basis for the launch of the radical new Civic next year that will be built exclusively for Europe at the Swindon plant.
The futuristically styled 5 door hatch - featured in the same What Car? issue, will be built with three engines - a 1.4 and 1.8 and 2.2 diesel and will take the fight to the premium lower medium rivals.
It goes on sale from January 2006.Published 3 August 2005