Swindon, England – Thousands of workers have returned to their jobs at Honda’s plant in Swindon, England, which was temporarily idled for four months due to slow sales. The plant produces the Civic and CR-V models for Europe.

Production at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) was intended to be shut down for February and March, but idle time was increased due to lack of demand. The main production lines will begin operation on June 3.

During the shutdown, Honda rejuvenated the plant, and tested new tools and prepared equipment for building the Jazz (sold in North America as the Fit), which starts production at the plant this fall. New, faster and more efficient machinery has also been installed, helping to secure the long-term future of the plant.

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