• Jul 21, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Honda Pilot

Honda has got to be happy that it has a hot selling compact car to take some of the pain out of the slowing minivan and SUV markets. Hurt by the sky-high price of gasoline, both the Odyssey and Pilot, both recently redesigned, are sitting on dealers lots longer than Honda would like. In order to match production with consumer demand, Honda will close its plant in Lincoln, Alabama for two days next month and cut second shift production at the plant every Friday in August through October. Displaced workers can choose to take either unpaid time off or use paid vacation leave. Some of that unused capacity will be taken up by the Ridgeline, which will now be assembled at the Lincoln plant instead of in Ontario where it is currently being built.

The Civic, on the other hand, will see its production boosted at the East Liberty, Ohio plant and in Alliston, Ontario, where capacity will be available due to the Ridgeline's departure. Score another point for Honda's modular manufacturing techniques.


[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda Pilot: 16/22 MPG
      Acadia AWD: 16/23

      Odyssey: 17/25
      Chrysler : 17/24 for much less money

      Ridgeline: 15/20
      Avalanche 2wd V8:14/20 (V8, not V6)

      Not very impressive fuel economy here, considering the price that Honda is asking. Of course, we have the "resale value" and "Honda Reputation" . Ridgeline and Pilot (I will not mention Element , I did not have sex........, you know the story) have suppositly a look that grows on you... Well maybe with some journalist or CR, but not on anybody around me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Pilot is not terribly efficient. Honda made the same boo-boo everyone else did. Not as badly perhaps, but they weren't saints on this. They made a large, inefficient SUV, because they could make money on it, just like everyone else. And things changed and they got caught out, just like everyone else.

        Honda, like every other company chased profit to extremes and ended up making vehicles that don't make sense with $4 gas (if they ever did at all).
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      like there aren't enough civic's on the street already. even so, i don't blame them for the move.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        No kidding! Say goodbye to their resale value! Hasta Lahonda
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only question is,what took Honda so long?

      • 6 Years Ago
      So with the cuts at the Chrysler minivan plant and the cut in Odessey production is the minivan in its last days? It seems the market is evaporating faster than ever and its not the price of gas thats doing it. Crossover sales are still climbing despite the increase in the price of gas.

      When minivans ruled the day people bought them because they were not stationwagons. People bought SUV's because they were not minivans and now people buy crossovers because they're not SUV's. Evidently no one wants to drive what their parents drove.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Minivans are far from finished. Neither is the Suburban. Or Jeep. Or even Hummer. They remain the most effective way to carry 5-7 people, or even 4 people with lots of stuff. Sales of EVERYING will shift around over the next 2-4 years. Those with most of their line-up on fwd architecture will be able to adapt the best, but everyone will be investing a lot of money to make the change. This investment is good in the long run. It's money spent in America, which is a good thing for the economy. What's good for the economy will eventually be good for everyone.
        steve
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mon. AM - I did a weekend trip. 600 MI. 6 people. Lots of stuff. The Minivan will survive just fine thank you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hope you already have your Civic cause the prices are up $2,500 from when we purchased before oil shot up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well there at least few differences w/ Honda:

      1) Honda has never had an unprofitable year.

      2) Honda has never laid off workers.

      3) In 2006, the sum of the CEO and 36 boardmember salaries and bonuses was $13 million.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What they need is more fits. Along with that, a better visual design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not sure about that.

        They likely make more profit of a Civics vs a Fit, and the mileage difference is negligible for the consumer between the two.

        For 2008 (according to fueleconomy.gov)

        Fit (1.5L/manual): 27/34/30
        Civic (1.8L/manual): 26/34/29
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new Pilot is SO ugly... and I had to be reminded of that with this post..
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Pilot being ugly isn't helping either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      a modular production line that can easily change products made based on customer demands? whodathunk it!
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