Honda Alabama Plant Begins Production of 2017 Ridgeline
Today, over 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) celebrated the beginning of mass production for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which will soon hit Honda dealerships nationwide. The facility, located in Lincoln, Alabama, is the exclusive manufacturer of the all-new Ridgeline.
“Today we celebrate the dedication of our Alabama team in bringing a very innovative new pickup truck to market,” said HMA President Jeff Tomko. “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.”
The all-American pickup truck was designed, developed, and manufactured in the States, and carries significant improvements over the outgoing model. The Alabama plant where the Ridgeline is being manufactured is also responsible for other light trucks in the Honda lineup, including the Pilot SUV, Odyssey minivan, and Acura MDX luxury SUV.
Honda boasts that the Ridgeline offers the segment’s best handling, ride quality, cabin quietness, and all-weather traction capabilities, thanks to its unibody construction, sophisticated chassis, and available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD system. The pickup also leads its class in cabin space, and is the only midsize pickup truck with 4-foot-wide flat bed space.
Other new features include In-Bed Trunk, Dual Action tailgate, an industry-first Truck Bed Audio system, and advanced connectivity in the form of 8-inch Display Audio featuring Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Honda continues to strengthen its successful light-truck family of vehicles in 2016, as the 2017 Ridgeline will be followed by a new, fully redesigned Odyssey minivan later this year.
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