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Honda built its state of the art Lincoln, Alabama plant to produce the Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUV, and now it's going to add the Ridgeline unit-body pickup, as well. Cost-wise, it makes a lot of sense to move Ridgeline production from Canada to Alabama, considering all three vehicles share a platform and powertrain. What's tough to understand is how Honda intends to squeeze out an additional 40,000 units from the ultra-efficient plant. The Lincoln plant is already operating 13,000 units beyond peak capacity, with its very strong minivan and SUV selling well around the country.

Lucky for Honda we're not in charge of vehicle production, and we're sure the company's many brilliant engineers know what they're doing. Now, if the Japanese automaker can get some equally talented designers to gussy up the visual train wreck that is the Ridgeline, then they'd definitely need a second manufacturing sight site.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      ".....visual train wreck that is the Ridgeline." huh??

      I think the Ridgeline is great design, but that because I like the Avalanche.. ;-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree that it's not a "visual train wreck" in terms of truck styling. Unfortunately, they used some of the same styling cues for the '08 Accord.
      • 7 Years Ago
      2nd manufacturing sight?

      come on, its a S I T E.

      if you are doing this for free, thats one thing but if you get paid, then show a little pride. Spell check doesn't correct homonyms, there has to be some basic intelligence behind the keyboard.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I though it was a play-on-words referring to the Ridgeline's Aztekish looks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was two minutes too slow...you beat me to the punch. Or, as Chris Shunk would write, "I was too minutes two slow...."

        Chris is so busy interjecting his personal opinion into a news story that he can't be bothered with small details like spelling errors. The real story to Chris is that the Ridgeline styling is a "visual train wreck." This is nothing but a flame looking for some "I love the Ridgeline," or "It's not a real truck!" responses. That's modern internet journalism folks.......when there isn't anything to write about, create something! Hey Chris, maybe you can work for the New York Times!
        • 7 Years Ago

        "Stewart" is a proper name. It therefore requires a capital letter. Please use proper spelling in your own screen name before criticizing other people for their spelling.

        thousands of readers you just annoyed
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, you guys are harsh. Let it go and get a life. It's the internet.

        It sounds like you guys despise Autoblog! If so then go elsewhere.

        I mean, yeah he should have used the correct word but it's not worth writing about.

        Maybe you are both Ridgeline owners. LOL

        Hope I spelled everything correctly or else the f@$king spelling police will be after me.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Alliston is getting a brand new SUV starting in 2009 until then civic production will fill the production void of the ridgeline!
      • 7 Years Ago
      and they'll save so much money working in america! wait...parity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great idea! Allow the english language to decompose into an unidentifiable pile of nothing and there will be no communication.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok Chris. You've been redeemed.

      It was just an "oversite" on your part.

      Now, lastly, I never realized that it was Autoblog's official position that Ridgeline styling was "ugly."

      (Try to remember that this is a blog, and if we think the Ridgeline is ugly, we're more than within our rights to let you know.)

      So that's the official company line, is it?

      BTW I am not, nor have I ever been, a Ridgeline owner.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As an Alabama resident...maybe it's time to freshen the resume. First the ThyssenKrupp plant announcement, then the Northrup Grumman/EADS contract, and now Hyundai & Honda are boosting production at their plants.

      Maybe this state will be worth staying in after all.

      • 7 Years Ago
      My hunch is:

      1) The strong Canadian Dollar is making the US a less expensive place to produce things (NAFTA doing basically what it was supposed to do .. the stronger economies stabilize the economies that are having harder times, by allowing the "market" to re-position itself more naturally).

      2) Honda is probably privately projecting a large slowdown in sales as this recession begins to be noticed by consumers.

      So they are just shifting things accordingly to market projections -- American dollar is low and sales are slowing.
      • 7 Years Ago

      You need to check out the Revenge Design modified Ridgeline.
      • 7 Years Ago
      they got the ridgeline wrong from day one

      I suspect ti's the type of person that has this for a ride, also has his hair combed accross his head to hide the baldness, or maybe never bothers to fix them up much in the morning
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        Boy Liquor, you are good!

        I like the Ridgeline and my hair is thinning. If that doesn't prove Honda made a mistake, I don't know what does.

        Then again, I don't have comb-over, but I'm not fond of the Ridgline's grill either (which kind of resembles one), so the analogy may still be intact.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog get your facts straight...

      Ridgeline must not be a train wreck of design when it exceeded the propose amount of sales in it's first year of production. Honda sold over the 50K proposed sales amount in it's first 12 months of sales.

      Don't hate!
      • 7 Years Ago
      GO falling dollar!!! Pretty soon we might give the Peso a run for its money, next step Chinese Yuan. Maybe we'll get more manufacturing jobs back.

      Wait, we won't be able to actually afford anything imported into the country, which is almost everything we buy, great.
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