The new Honda Ridgeline Truck, manufactured in the U.S.A., is the fourth-generation and a significantly refreshed light truck, introduced by Honda in the past 18 months.
Honda has developed the new Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited for targeted customers. Ridgeline will deliver everything a driver would expect from a Honda pick up: from a more-than-decent packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative; segment-first features.
Honda began the complete remake of its light-truck lineup in the fall of 2014 with the freshened 2015 Honda CR-V, America’s best selling SUV. Earlier this year, Honda launched the new HR-V crossover, gateway to the Honda truck lineup, and the third generation of its popular Pilot three-row SUV. In 2016, Honda will continue the strengthening of its light-truck family of vehicles with the new Ridgeline and a fully-redesigned Odyssey minivan.
Calendar year 2015 sales of Honda light trucks are up 11.8 percent to 599,507 vehicles through the end of November and are on track to set a new all-time sales record for the brand, beating the previous best of 602,123 units in 2006.
Like the first generation Ridgeline, which also debut at the 2005 NAIAS, the new Ridgeline was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in its Torrance, California design studio and Raymond, Ohio, research and development center. The Ridgeline and its engine will be produced by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Inc., in Lincoln, Alabama.
Acura Precision Concept set for premiere at NAIAS
The other highlight for Honda at 2016 NAIAS is the Acura Precision Concept, a next-gen performance sedan created by the folks at Acura Design Studio. The Acura Precision Concept will signal the stronger and sharper focus of Acura styling on Honda’s DNA which the division calls it as “precision crafted performance”. It is the division’s intention to more strongly express performance through design and the Acura Precision Concept will serve as the inspiration for the styling and proportion of the next-generation of Acura vehicles.
Acura has also announced details of its launch plans for the next-generation NSX supercar, coming to market next spring. Meantime, Acura is on track to post its fourth consecutive year of U.S. sales growth this year, and best sales since 2007, with sales up 6.9 percent from January until November.