Honda seems to believe that America's car-buying slump is coming to a close. According to Automotive News, the automaker has announced that it will spend $84 million to grow engine and light truck production at its Lincoln, Alabama assembly plant. The money will be used to help create an additional 100 jobs and should see the facility increase its total output from 300,000 units per year to 340,000 in anticipation of a sales recovery in the States. Automotive News suggests that may be a smart move. Consumer demand for new cars and trucks has grown by around 10 percent through October of this year.

Honda expects that demand to translate into greater Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline sales. Each of those models is produced at the Alabama facility, though the Acura RDX may join that mix as part of the new investment.

The Japanese automaker has also said that it will resume its normal production schedule at its North American facilities as its supply line continues to recover from the impact of flooding in Thailand.


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      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought a 2012 Ridgeline and love it. Very sure-footed, great interior, alot of features that are important to me including the under bed lockable trunk, 4x4, Honda quality and feel, It's just hard to describe. I would reccomend the truck to anyone looking for a great ride and reliable quality. After riding, driving, and owning chevrolet and ford trucks I am suprised that some owners of them knock the Ridgeline. I assume that they have never drove or rode in the honda truck or they have to deal with very heavy loads on a regular basis. Also they don't know how a full time awd feels on wet roads or how locked 4x4 works on wet slick surfaces such as wet grass, slick mud, or a boat ramp. I believe the Ridgeline is the best American made truck going and I would like to Thank Honda and the people in Alabama for making it.
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      Ha Lu
      • 3 Years Ago
      I TRADED MY TITAN (THERE AIN'T NOTHING EM) FOR MY RIDGELINE. THIS IS A MASTERPIECE.
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      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whalekillers better bring a 9 speed transmission if they're going take on the Mighty Mopars.
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      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like Hondas, but they need to take a step back and question the mistake they call the Ridgeline, seriously, how many are sold on a yearly basis?, its underpowered thirsty and seems to be the answer to a question no-one has ever asked...it truley seems like a duck out of water, there are FAR better alternatives on the market right now.
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        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        They actually use a years per sale basis for the Ridgeline now.
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      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad for the citizens of Alabama. Having more jobs is always a good thing.
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          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          Whatever that's supposed to mean...
      erik schmidt
      • 3 Years Ago
      inb4 Honda sucks and needs to start innovating again.
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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      In its current form, the Ridgeline will not be increasing in sales anytime soon. Glad to hear that Honda is optimistic, just wish it's products were stronger.
      Coconut Racing
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I read "Honda to boost" I was like :O TURBO HONDAS!!!! Then I kept reading "...vehicle and engine production" and I immediately went back to being disappointed.
      BC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would they produce the RDX there instead of the MDX, which shares more parts with the other three vehicles?
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