Honda has confirmed that the 2012 Honda Civic will not be in the UK until February 2012, pushing the availability date back by a month due to a parts supply issue caused by the flooding in Thailand.
This is the second natural disaster of 2011 that has affected Honda’s UK car production, following the Tsunami in Japan in March which forced the Swindon factory to reduce production until September.
Electrical and engine component parts limited
Honda UK General Manager, Paul Ormond, confirmed the delay this week at the official press launch of the ninth generation of the Honda Civic.
He confirmed that deliveries of electrical and engine component parts would be limited by the recent disaster in Thailand, meaning the car, which has been available to order at Honda dealers for a month, won’t officially be hitting showrooms until the second month of next year.
Honda aims to sell 25,000 units of the revised 2012 Civic in 2012, however the delays could potentially reduce these numbers.
Check out the new Civic in dealers on tablets
You can still visit Honda dealers to find out more about the model using a new interactive feature.
Dealers will be providing Motorola tablet PCs inside showrooms that can be used to find out more about the ninth generation of the Civic.
The idea has already been trialled in a number of franchised dealers across the country and has been received well by prospective buyers. And now Honda will expand this service out to its dealer network, meaning you might not be able to see the car in the flesh until February, but you’ll be able to find out more about it until it does come into stock.
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New diesel due in 2012 but no Type R yet
Honda will also be looking to add another diesel engine to the new Civic line-up at the end of next year, with rumours suggesting it could be an all-new 1.6-litre unit, adding to the current range of 1.4- and 1.8-litre petrols and a 2.2-litre diesel.
However, the carmaker has also said that it is mulling over the possibility of continuing the hot Type R tradition.
With emissions restrictions becoming tighter, Honda ceased production of the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol Honda Civic Type R in the current form. And it looks likely that, if a Type R edition of the 2012 Civic is to be released, a new version will have to employ a turbocharged engine.
The 2012 Honda Civic is available to order now, and is priced from £16,495 OTR.