Honda Civic Type R hatchback to be shipped to Japan in limited numbers

Honda Civic Type R

Honda of UK announced today that its popular 3-door Civic Type R hatchback will be shipped to Japan and will go on sale in 2010. The model, which will be called Type R EURO, will built at Honda’s plant in Swindon and will be exported to Japan.

Japan is the third country outside Europe to import the high-revving hatchback, where it will be sold in limited numbers.

We would love for Honda of UK to export the Civic Type R to the U.S. – but we doubt that’ll happen anytime soon.

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Press Release:


The British-built Civic Type R will be exported to Japan from next year.

The acclaimed 3-door hot hatch, manufactured at Honda’s plant in Swindon, is to be shipped to Japan where it will go on sale during 2010.

The model will be called the Type R EURO, to distinguish it from the Japanese-spec 4-door Civic Type R saloon, and will be sold in limited numbers.

Japan is the third country outside Europe to import this high-revving hot hatch with the red “˜H’ badge, following Australia and South Africa. The demand for the UK-produced car in Honda’s domestic market is testament to the dedication and skill of Associates at Honda’s Swindon factory – the only production facility in the world that builds the Civic Type R 3-door.

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) also builds the 5-door Civic, Civic Type S and CR-V for Europe and will start production of the Jazz for Europe, from this Autumn.

Japan also imported the previous Swindon-built Civic Type-R (EP3 model) in 2001.