Honda said the decision was part of its plan to accelerate commitment to electrified cars. The company’s UK boss told BBC Radio 4’s Today Program it was not a decision related to Brexit.
“In light of the unprecedented changes that are affecting our industry, it is vital that we accelerate our electrification strategy and restructure our global operations accordingly.
As a result, we have had to take this difficult decision to consult our workforce on how we might prepare our manufacturing network for the future. This has not been taken lightly and we deeply regret how unsettling today’s announcement will be for our people.
The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations, and focus activity in regions where it expects to have high production volumes.
This comes after Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to either cut UK jobs or shift production to other countries.