• Jul 21, 2007

So Acura won't be making it to Japan just yet, and the new NSX has been delayed until at least 2010, but parent company Honda is not slowing down for anything. Company President Takeo Fukui is determined not to let Honda get left behind in the battle for global automotive supremacy. In the name of meeting demand, he announced that Honda will be building five factories, two engine plants, and two R&D facilities. Much of the new construction will be taking place in Asia to fulfill demand in the Asia-Oceana region: Thailand, and Tochigi, Yorii, and Ogawa Japan. With everything in place, Honda plans to turbocharge production of its increasingly ubiquitous small cars by an extra 300,000 per year by 2010.

Thanks for the tip, Dylan!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      You also get the typical urban dweller owning a nice Ford F-150, who doesn't tow or anything, goes out to buy groceries and to the mall..but still needs the bed for yard work, etc. A Ridgeline is designed for that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unibody FWD vehicles are not TRUCKS

      And Honda is a 4WD. Of course you knew that didn't you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "GM still builds their S10 replacements and Dodge has the Dakota for the same market (also BOF). "

      And just maybe people don't want all of the above. Maybe they like the storage under the bed and not a Dakota with a V8. You are the first to have pointed out that Toyota made to small a truck. You may want a 3/4 ton "truck" but few want one for doing daily errands. You may also stop your rant and consider who's government classified the Ridgeline as a truck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda will do it. They haven't forgotten how to make good reliable vehicles. Rambo may not like the looks of them but he has to admit that they sell well for a reason. Looks aren't everything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Barney

      Your kidding me right? The Honda Ridgeline is NOT a truck. Unibody FWD vehicles are not TRUCKS. Ford still builds the Ranger and Sport Trac (both with body on frame) for people not needing a full size vehicle. GM still builds their S10 replacements and Dodge has the Dakota for the same market (also BOF).

      Riddle me this batman, when your pulling your boat out of a launch or your camper (even a small one) through mud with your FWD Ridgeline, how well do you think it gains traction with all that weight on the rear of the vehicle?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Riddle me this batman, when your pulling your boat out of a launch or your camper (even a small one) "

        Who says a truck has to pull a boat or carry a camper. That vast majority who buy a truck do neither. The vast majority who buy a 1/2 ton use it for small errands requiring a pickup bed. In many areas you cannot put a camper on a 1/2 ton. There you go Robbin. Your barking up a tree with no cat in it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Who says a truck has to pull a boat or carry a camper. That vast majority who buy a truck do neither. The vast majority who buy a 1/2 ton use it for small errands requiring a pickup bed. In many areas you cannot put a camper on a 1/2 ton."

      No one says you have to pull anything, but most people who buy a truck want to do more than put potting soil and flowers in it. A 5ft bed isn't that big and you won't fit much more than the above in it.

      As for campers, there are many that weigh 5k and less and could easily be pulled by a 1/2 ton truck- not all require the use of gooseneck or 5th wheel hitches.

      "And just maybe people don't want all of the above. Maybe they like the storage under the bed and not a Dakota with a V8. You are the first to have pointed out that Toyota made to small a truck. You may want a 3/4 ton "truck" but few want one for doing daily errands."

      If you want a trunk, buy a car or an SUV, I'll give you that the underbed storage is a neat concept but anyone needing inside storage and a 5ft bed can get by fine with an SUV and a tarp, most give you that 5ft or storage.

      "And Honda is a 4WD. Of course you knew that didn't you."

      Don't you mean AWD? Just because Honda calls it 4X4 doesn't mean it is. With no 4X4 low and only 245 lb-ft of torque you won't be pulling much- especially if it's stuck or wet (i.e. boat launch). Everyone knows that FWD based 4WD isn't as effective, we all know it's easier to push a large load than pull it, it also puts most of the weight bias to the front with a transaxle instead of a transmission.

      My point is that it comes close to being a truck without having the actual capability. With a vehicle that is supposed to be a truck and can only tow 5,000 lbs and costs 28k to start (and well over 40K for a well equipped version) you can do much better- in fact you can have your pick of small trucks or 1/2 tons for the same money or in most cases, less.

      If you decide to buy a boat or a camper you are stuck with a "truck" that doesn't quite cut the mustard. All so you can have a trunk in your truck. As for your "most 1/2 ton truck buyers only want to run errands" theory is a load of crap. The vast majority of truck buyers at least intend to do more than the Ridgeline is capable of, those who don't tend to pay others to deliver or even do that type of work for them.

        • 7 Years Ago
        "IF" don't mean nothing until it is. Only an idiot will buy a vehicle "just in case". There are places that ban a 1/2 ton for carrying campers. A canopy is not a camper.

        I got a Toyota 4X4 p/u with a diesel. I guess you wouldn't call it a "truck" either because it won't pull a heavy boat nor carry much of a camper.

        "but anyone needing inside storage and a 5ft bed can get by fine with an SUV and a tarp, most give you that 5ft or storage."

        Don't help much hauling dirt and tools. You miss the point. A big pickup truck is not needed by those who buy the Honda. It's still a truck and as much as my Toyota with the added advantage of being able to carry more then two people. I also have a 3/4 ton but own 40 acres of treed property. I use the old Ford for different purpose then the Toyota. The Ridgline would serve me well also. I wouldn't need low range to get through the snow and would find the pickup bed handy for carrying feed or a couple of bales.
      • 7 Years Ago
      RE: Stéphane Dumas "Rambo got a point"

      Just what is his point. He seems to have his own definition of "truck" and for some reason a Baja fits the bill but the Ridgeline doesn't.

      "Truck - An automotive vehicle suitable for hauling"

      The tradesmen think the Ridgeline is perfest for their uses. Storage for tools, room for some dirty stuff and capacity for a small crew.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am a "tradesman", I don't know any "tradesman" that own a Ridgeline.

        The Japanse want a peice of the truck market. However, they realize "tradesman" are usually too patriotic to buy an import truck. So they hide their definition of 'truck' in vehicles like the Ridgeline. The Tundra made the mistake of trying to sell a real truck to "tradesman" and it is a total failure.

        My point is that if you want a 'truck' you buy it from those who know trucks best...Americans. If you want a 'wheel barrow hauler' buy a Subaru Baja (at least it knows it's not a truck).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I too am a big Honda fan. Though I think a manufacturer is defined by it's top spots car. Delaying the NSX is dissapointing. No new sports car coupled with a dismal F1 season makes Honda look bad.

      I also agree that the Ridgeline is more of a van than a truck - trucks need V8's, at least as an option - ask Toyota...

      The Acura line up needs to be RWD to compete with Infinity, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes to truly qualify as a luxury brand. Until then they will simply be sub-par, though the quality may be still there.

      Honda's and Acura's shouldn't have the same drivetrains if you ask me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, the SH-AWD seems reserved for Acura. And the Turbo 4 in the TSX probably isnt coming to any Honda, anytime soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Barney,

      Your absolutely right and your the exact reason this industry is so screwed up. You'll pay the same or more money for less vehicle because it has an H or T on the hood.

      You even admit you own a real truck for doing the real work, but own a second for the light stuff- your proving my point- why do you want to own two vehicles, much less pickups? You'll probably even try to tell me how the Honda will be more reliable, which is a load of fertilizer.

      I never said anything about Toyota but since you brought it up, I don't believe they're quite there with the Tundra yet either but at least it's a truck with the engine mounted correctly, real 4X4, and a BOF.

      If your shelling out 40 large for a truck, why in the world would you buy one that has competition in the same price class- or less that are much more capable?
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Not a real truck"

      For people who own it, it's truck enough. You don't need a F550 to carry a wheel barrow or a little dirt. I drove big trucks for a living and can easily use the same terms to say a pickup is not a real truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Don't buy a Ridgeline and act like you own a truck"

        Don't buy a pickup and think you own a semi. It seems that you think if it looks big and tough, it can only then be called a truck. Just because GM makes the same thing as a Ridgeline but only bigger. If size is what counts, then in the last few decades, there was no such thing as a "truck". Pickups today are bigger ten the have ever been. My 1952 Chev pickup is smaller then my 85 Toyota.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you want to haul a "wheel barrow" buy a Subaru Baja! Don't buy a Ridgeline and act like you own a truck,
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a BIG Honda fan and have owned a few Honda's, all were great car's.

      I have to agree the Ridgeline isn't what Id consider a real truck or great looking, I think Honda should have gone with a traditional truck similar to a Tacoma, Remember Honda's first Odyessy minivan?, it wasn't so hot, the 2nd version was a complete success, so lets see what Honda do with the next Ridgeline.
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