Honda will close its Swindon manufacturing plant in 2021 as the Japanese car manufacturer raises its focus on electric vehicles. The plant employs around 3,500 people. The closure of the plant forms part of a global reshift, as the company looks to “focus activity in regions where it expects to have high production volumes” of electric vehicles. Falling demand for diesel motors in the wake of the VW emissions scandal and slowing global economic growth has caused other carmakers to downsize their manufacturing operations, with Jaguar Land Rover announcing 4,500 UK job cuts in January.
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