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2024 Honda Civic Type R Comes to Life at Its Japanese Factory: Video

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For the first time in more than a decade, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be built in Japan. The three previous generations of the track-focused hatch were built at the company’s U.K. manufacturing site, which went offline last summer. That makes the FL5 generation the first global market Type R to come out of its home country. Now, thanks to Planet Car News on YouTube, we all have a chance to take a peek inside the Yorii, Saitama, factory as cars come down the line.

The video tour opens in the body shop, where we see sheets of metal cut and pressed into hoods and fenders. As machines move the fresh parts down conveyor belts, you get a real sense of the scope of this operation. That said, there are still a number of individual workers involved in the process, checking and scouring the components by hand. As automated as some automotive facilities are today, low-volume models like the Type R are still treated to a bit of extra care on the line. As The Drive first reported, this is the main reason why Type R production was moved back to Japan as opposed to one of the higher-volume facilities here in the United States. That said, there are still plenty of areas where machines are better suited for the job, including applying the bonding agents used to connect chassis components.

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Once the bare chassis is finished, the line moves down into the paint shop. Here we watch as mechanical arms swing around the Type Rs, applying an even coat of white primer. That is quickly covered by a proper coat of paint, and another team of employees is ready to inspect the final product. From there, the cars are taken up a giant elevator to move on to the general assembly area. This is where we get to see some more hands-on work, including bumper construction and the mating of the engines and gearboxes.

The Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which provides 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes exclusively mated to a six-speed manual, just as any hot hatch should. It’s here where everything from subframes to the larger rear spoiler are installed, as the Type R slowly takes shape. We even get a little peek at the quality inspection process within Honda, which includes a rolling road as well as a full underbody inspection.

While it might not be as exciting as getting behind the wheel of a new hot hatch, this sort of video is always a great reminder of just how much effort and engineering work goes into building our favorite machines. The Honda brand is synonymous with high-quality cars, and this little factory teaser makes it easy to understand why.

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