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An extra shift was introduced at the UK factory of car giant Honda today, where hundreds more jobs have been created. The 500 new employees take the total number of workers at the Swindon plant to 3,500.
The Japanese firm said the second shift coincided with growing demand for its new Civic hatchback models. Production at the Wiltshire plant is forecast to double to 180,000 this year.
Speaking in December, Honda Motor Europe president Manabu Nishimae said Honda remained totally committed to building cars and engines in Europe, with Swindon at the heart of its European manufacturing activities.