BMW reportedly considering taking over Honda's UK factory
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BMW has been sniffing around Honda’s huge car factory in Swindon which the Japanese company plans to shut in 2021, according to reports.
The car maker is understood to have expressed an interest in the site after Honda announced in February that it intends to close the factory when it finishes production of the Civic model. Some 3,500 jobs are expected to be lost.
Taking over the Swindon plant would allow BMW to boost production in the UK but would be a change of tune after other recent hints.
This month BMW indicated it could move some of Mini production out of Britain if there is a bad Brexit deal.
And it had already brought forward a month-long closure of its plant in Oxford, where it builds Minis, to the end of this month – coinciding with the original date of Brexit.
The company also owns Rolls-Royce motor cars, at Goodwood in Sussex, makes engines near Birmingham and body panels in Swindon.
A BMW spokesman said: "There are currently no plans for additional plant locations in the UK."
- Daily Mail