New 1.6L iDTEC turbo diesel is the next new product from Honda’s Swindon, UK plant.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept. 8, 2012
The 2013 European Honda Civic with the all-new “Earth Dreams” 1.6L iDTEC turbo diesel: Pricing TBA and FE figures of 66 mpgUS combined on the NEDC (approximately 53 mpgUS on our own EPA) that we will probably never see the US unfortunately
Honda is prepping to launch its all-new 1.6L iDTEC along with the current Civic and CR-V with a total investment of over $427 million this year alone, the single largest investment into Honda‘s UK manufacturing facilities in over a decade.
Last April, Honda introduced a second shift within their Car Plant 2 facility at as the 500 new employees began their new roles within the Plant. That brings the total number of employees at HUM to 3,500, with the production volume forecast to double to 180,000 units in 2012.
Honda aims to renew its entire European engine line-up with its “Earth Dreams” technology producing “Best-in-Class” fuel economy in each segment within 3 years.
The first engine from the Swindon investment will be a new 1.6L turbo diesel. Although not designed for the US, it is expected to deliver 95 grams/km when placed in the Civic and is said to be the world's lightest 1.6L turbo diesel ever built for a C-segment competitor. It is scheduled to reach UK showrooms later this year.
While 95 grams is commendable, other manufacturers have breached the 90 gram target in the B and C-segment quite some time ago albeit with smaller and or less powerful turbo diesel offerings.
By the end of the year, production at the Swindon plant is forecast to be more than twice last year's production with as many as 183,000 vehicles produced locally. Honda aims to increase this to 250,000 vehicles per year within 3 years.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, Wiltshire is a manufacturing facility currently producing the CR-V, Civic and Jazz (Casting, Engine Assembly, Pressing, Welding, Painting and Frame Assembly) on one site.