Honda Prachinburi plant 1

Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd has announced that it has begun production of the 2016 Honda Civic’s 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC and 1.5 litre turbocharged engines at its plant in Rojana Industrial Park, Prachinburi.

The tenth-generation Civic will be the first model to be manufactured at the new plant, with car production scheduled to start within this March, around the same time the model makes its official launch debut in the Land of Smiles.

The engines will be assembled at the plant’s engine production line, which is the second line to come online at the new plant after the Polymer Injection line began operations back in October 2015. It will be responsible for manufacturing various engine components, including cylinder blocks, cylinder heads, connecting rods and crankshafts.

The Thai-spec 2016 Honda Civic engine line-up consists of a 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder unit developing 139 hp and 174 Nm of torque, and a new 1.5 litre turbocharged four-pot rated at 173 hp at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. A CVT gearbox is mated to both engines.

In the future, the engine production line will produce both complete engines and engine parts, to be exported to other Honda automobile assembly plants in the Asia and Oceania region.

Pitak Pruittisarikorn, COO of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, “the new Prachinburi plant is a key move taken by Honda to expand our automobile production in Thailand with an aim to be a strategic export hub for the world.

“A new Prachinburi plant will support our manufacturing and export operations currently done by the Thai production base in Ayutthaya to meet a growing customers’ demands worldwide in the future. The start of the Prachinburi plant and the Civic production kick-off will mark a milestone of Honda’s operation in Thailand,” he added.

GALLERY: 2016 Honda Civic