It may be the slowest seller in the US pickup truck segment but Honda nonetheless said a redesigned Ridgeline will go on sale "in less than two years" though production of the current model in Lincoln, Alabama, will end in mid-2014.

The new model, like its 2005-launch predecessor, is being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles and Ohio.

Honda claimed the Ridgeline broke new ground in the American pickup market with its 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, it introduced innovative new features to the pickup segment, such as its large 'in-bed trunk' (stowage box) and dual action tailgate.

"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 Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor.

Ridgeline sales rose 29% to 16,160 units in the first 11 months of the year. In contrast, Ford's segment leader F-series was up 19.8% to 623,309.

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All-new Honda Ridgeline Pickup to Debut Within Two Years

12/10/2013 3:00:00 PM

 

  • Design sketch reveals styling direction for Next-Gen Honda truck
  • Current Ridgeline production will end mid-2014
  • Sales of Ridgeline up 29 percent in 2013

An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck will come to 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 (http://automobiles.honda.com/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 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors after its fall 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 Honda Ridgeline broke new ground in the American 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.

"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 Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., 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."

Sales of Ridgeline have enjoyed strong momentum in 2013, strengthened recently by the introduction of a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units through the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 29 percent.

Original source: http://www.honda.com/newsandviews/article.aspx?id=7513-en