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2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Will Be Made In U.S., Not Japan

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2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

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Thanks to the spiraling costs associated with building cars in Japan and shipping them to the U.S., Honda has announced that the 2013 Civic Hybrid will be made in the U.S. 

Currently made in Japan and shipped to customers in North America, the U.S. version of the four-door compact hybrid sedan will commence at Honda’s Indiana manufacturing facility early next year. 

Read Our 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Multi-Day Drive Review

Identical to the current Civic Hybrid -- which underwent a total redesign for 2012 -- the 2013 Civic Hybrid should match the 2012 Civic Hybrid’s 44 mpg EPA rating for both city and highway driving. 

Honda says it has invested $40 million in its Indiana production facilities to increase its annual production to 250,000 cars per year.

It also plans to hire 300 new production staff later this year in preparation for the increased production. 

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

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The facility, which already produces the 2012 Civic Sedan and 2012 Civic Natural Gas, already has experience with hybrid production. 

Since April this year, the facility has been making U.S.-market 2012 Acura ILX Hybrids. 

Despite outwards appearances, the two cars share a common platform, engine and mild-hybrid drivetrain. 

The move will mark the first time the Civic Hybrid sedan has been made outside of Japan since it launched in 2001.  

Production of its European sibling, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid hatchback, is being moved to Swindon, England. 

There’s no details yet on how the change of production facility will affect the 2013 Civic Hybrid’s price, although from past experience domestically-produced cars tend to be cheaper than ones manufactured overseas. 

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Comments (6)
  1. Bland. Where's the excitement? By the time one finishes paying off the hybrid premium it'll be time to replace the $2500. battery pack. So where's the savings as well?
     
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  2. The battery has an 8-year / 100,000-mile warranty. In the 8 states that have California-standard emissions laws, the warranty on that battery is automatically extended to 10 years / 150,000 miles.

    If the hybrid car battery fails on its own (i.e. not due to accident or operator abuse) within the warranty period, the cost to replace it is ZERO dollars to the owner.

    I'm no fan of Honda's Civic Hybrid, but battery failure is usually not an issue with hybrid cars.
     
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  3. The battery is cheaper than that and you can replace it yourself very easily
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3N_bnJl3SM
     
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  4. So exciting. Finally, some American jobs. I am happy that Obama has stood by one thing, bring jobs back. Raise tariff, jobs miraculously come back. Funny how that happens, eh?
     
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  5. What about Honda's earth dreams engines? Direct Injection, Part-time Atkinson valve behavior and it might still retain lean burn behavior. It could possibly get better MPG than the Prius then.
    The next gen Insight, Civic Hybrid should be a full hybrid rather than a 'mild' hybrid that they have been making. Meaning, a series and parallel combination hybrid, like the Prius drivetrain, with Honda's Earth Dreams engines
     
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  6. I guess it won't be released until 2014 though :(
     
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