Design sketch reveals styling direction for Next-Gen Honda truck
Current Ridgeline production will end mid-2014
MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup
truck will come to the Canadian market in less than two years and,
today, Honda shared a sketch expressing the new truck's styling
direction. Honda also confirmed that production of the current
Ridgeline built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in
Lincoln, Alabama, will conclude in mid-2014.
Like the innovative first-generation model that earned 2006 Truck of the
Year by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and 2006
North American Truck of the Year honors after its spring 2005 debut, the next-gen Ridgeline is being
designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles
and Ohio R&D centers.
"The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda's role in creating
new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck
segment," said Dave Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing for
Honda Canada Inc. "With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an
even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen
an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."
The Honda Ridgeline broke new ground in the Canadian pickup market with
its unique design featuring a spacious five-passenger cabin, smooth
ride and handling, and half-ton truck capability. The first truck of
its kind to be built on a closed-box unibody platform, the Ridgeline
introduced innovative new features to the pickup segment, such as its
large In-Bed Trunk® and dual-action tailgate.
About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6 million
cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and
builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario.
Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently
build Honda Civic and CR-V models. Honda Canada has invested more than
$2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in
goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more
than 3.7 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
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