Honda Motor Co’s first British-built car to be sold in Japan, the sporty three-door Civic Type R, will be launched on December 6, Kyodo News said.

Priced at 2.2 million yen ($US18,200), the two-litre Civic Type R meets Japanese standards for ultra-low emission vehicles, the report said. Its monthly sales target is 300 units.

Honda UK’s Swindon plant will export a similar though less powerful version of the three-door Civic to the US next year.