LINCOLN, Ala., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) today celebrated production start up of the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, slated to go on-sale soon at Honda dealerships nationwide. Honda's Alabama plant is the exclusive manufacturer of the innovative Ridgeline that is once again challenging conventional thinking in the pickup truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in the midsize pickup segment.
"Today we celebrate the dedication of our Alabama team in bringing a very innovative new pickup truck to market," said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA. "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."
Designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., the new Ridgeline will launch with features and capabilities unlike anything else on the market today, including:
- Superior on-road performance – with the segment's best handling, ride quality, cabin quietness and all-weather traction capabilities – courtesy of its unibody construction, sophisticated chassis, and available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring AWD system
- Class-leading space – with the largest and most versatile cabin and the only 4-foot-wide flat bed space in the midsize pickup segment, along with payload capacity at the top of the midsize pickup class
- Innovative and class-exclusive features, including an In-Bed Trunk™, Dual Action tailgate and the industry's first Truck Bed Audio system – making Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle
- Leading edge connectivity with 8-inch Display Audio featuring Apple Car Play® and Android Auto™ compatibility
The Ridgeline is produced in the same plant in Alabama alongside other members of Honda's award-winning light-truck lineup, including the Pilot sport utility vehicle and Odyssey minivan, as well as the Acura MDX luxury SUV.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) employs 4,500 associates at its 3.7-million-square-foot Lincoln facility has the capacity to produce as many as 340,000 vehicles and engines each year. Over the past three years, HMA has invested more than $510 million and added 450 jobs in expansion efforts designed to enhance manufacturing flexibility and increase annual production. The Alabama plant is celebrating its 15th year of production.
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