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This just in, the hatchback Civic lives again!

Nikkei is reporting that Honda will attempt to boost productivity in England by using slack capacity to build cars for North American export. Hondas decision to import the new Jazz from Japan instead of building them at their Swindon, U.K plant has left the facility with idled production lines.

30,000-40,000 5 door Hatchback Civics are expected to roll out of Swindon for export beginning early next summer. The idea being that a 5 door Civic will allow Honda to compete better with the Mazda3, Golf, Elantra and Focus.

Source: thetruthaboutcars.com

What I'm wondering is if Honda doesn't perhaps have something fun up their sleeve. Honda has sent over Civics built in Swindon before, remember the 02-05 Civic SiR? Could we see Honda offer the 5 door Civic only in top guise Si (or SiR) in order to better bake the import costs into MSRP?
 

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Making the hatch available as a performance trim would be the ideal way to go, great way to batch the two civic micro-niches together... hatch and performance into one package that north american civic fans will like a lot.

already a lot guys in NA are digging the Type R hatch, see it all over social media and here of course
 

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This is from Car and Driver:

Now, there are a few caveats here, the largest of which is that when asked for comment, Honda told us that the Nikkei story is pure speculation, and that it has made “no announcements about Civic production for the U.S. market, relative to [its] European operations.” Also, whatever U.K.-built Civic is sent here, if it is at all, it won’t be sent here any time soon, leading us to believe we’re looking forward not to the current-generation Civic hatchback, but the next-generation model. Today’s Civic hatch wasn’t designed with North American regulations in mind—hence why we won’t be getting the epic Civic Type R—and rumor has it that the next-gen Civic will be a global product, meaning from California to Japan there will be Civics sold in more or less the same form.
They also say mid 2016 is likely...
 

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Good mention and that was one around for a while or at least the general point that the Civic we're talking about here wasn't built with north american regulations in mind, giving that much less hope of us getting the hatch till a complete next gen.
 

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It sort of adds credibility to the speculation coming from a well ranked asian blog, the one that originally reported 2016.
 

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A hatchback isn't like diesel or a wagon. It would be quite popular in the US, so I don't see why they wouldn't sell a hatchback Civic in the US.
 

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A hatchback isn't like diesel or a wagon. It would be quite popular in the US, so I don't see why they wouldn't sell a hatchback Civic in the US.
Yes, and unlike a wagon it would have better chances at success
as many already know, America isn't hatch market.
 

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Doesn't change the fact that actual wagons don't cut it, changes are needed, those changes that make them into CUV to then be able to be sold.
yes it does, because fundamentally there is nothing wrong with wagons, but the automakers spent years telling people that bigger is safer, but CAFE has constrained them from building bigger vehicles, so they took small compact euro hatches, put them on stilts and said LOOK SUV!

What you're missing is that a CUV is a Wagon... its marketing that makes it otherwise...
 

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That Ep3 sure is beautiful. Thinking the Type-R will be hatch only.
 
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