Honda has kicked off the assembly of the new pick-truck at its manufacturing facility in Alabama.
The 2017 Ridgeline joins the Pilot sport utility vehicle, Odyssey minivan and Acura MDX luxury SUV at Honda Manufacturing Alabama (HMA), which celebrates its 15th year of operation. The plant employs 4,500 associates, spreads on 3.7 million square feet and has the capacity to build 340,000 vehicles annually.
“Today we celebrate the dedication of our Alabama team in bringing a very innovative new pickup truck to market. I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to our customers as the Ridgeline returns with new features that will deliver even more of what today’s truck customers want and need“, said HMSA president, Jeff Tomko.
Having made its debut earlier this year at Detroit, Honda’s new pickup truck is longer and wider than its predecessor, it has a fully flat-floor and is powered exclusively from a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Japanese automakers claims that the new Ridgeline offers the best handling, ride quality, all-weather traction capability and cabin quietness in the segment, along with class-leading space, innovative features such as In-Bed Trunk, Dual Action tailgate, Truck Bed Audio system and 8-inch Display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.