European-built Civic Type R to be sold in Japan

The Honda Civic Type R is manufactured in England, but in a move that is nearly tantamount to selling sand to Arabs, it will be exported to Japan from next year. The acclaimed 3-door hot hatch, 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-market 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. Honda say that the demand for the European-produced car in their domestic market is testament to the dedication and skill of associates at Honda’s largest European factory – the only production facility in the world that builds the Civic Type R 3-door.

 The 5-door Civic, Civic Type S and CR-V for Europe are also built in England and Honda will start production of the new Jazz, this autumn.

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