Honda’s next generation hatchback is coming and it’s already going through the production line at their Sunderland factory.
They’ve released a 15 minute promotional video showing us how a Civic hatchback is produced from start to finish and it’s awesome! The hatchback hasn’t even made its debut yet as it’s slated for the upcoming Paris motor show so this is a real treat. We can see an army of mechanical arms stamping, welding, painting and assembling hatchbacks that are destined for showroom floors.
Some assembly videos only show us a few minutes of footage but there’s plenty to squeeze in with a 15 minute video including several technicians assembling the front and rear suspension systems together or a team meticulously going over ever painted body to make sure it’s smooth. The plant may have had to shrink the Sunderland workforce due to previous low demands for the hatchback in Europe but there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of technicians for quality control now.
Based on same platform as the US market sedan and coupe, the Civic X hatchback will be sporting the same 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and offer CVT or six-speed manual transmission.
The Civic X hatchback will debut at the Paris motor show and the new Civic Type R next year.