Honda Ridgeline to Take Two-Year Vacay Starting in 2014, According to Reports
Honda’s unibody-ladder-frame Ridgeline always has been a vehicle apart from other pickup trucks. From its different layout and looks to its independent suspension, it’s been labeled unique in a segment where that historically hasn’t been a valued strength. So unique is the Ridgeline, in the confines of the conformist full-size pickup segment, that Honda sold just 14,068 of them last year—which was up 44 percent over 2011—after moving 50,193 units in the truck’s debut year of 2006. Perhaps not coincidentally, WardsAuto is reporting that Honda will cease production of the Ridgeline in the fall of 2014.
Originally Honda had planned to shut the tap on the current model’s production run in the spring of 2016 and follow it up immediately with an all-new generation of Ridgeline. Now, according to Wards. the Alabama production facility will go nearly 18 months without building a Ridgeline, with a new model scheduled to begin assembly in the spring of 2016.