Report: Honda Ridgeline Production Ends Next Year, New Model Arrives 2016

The Honda Ridgeline pickup truck may vanish from showrooms for two years, according to Wards Auto. Production of the current Honda Ridgeline will reportedly end in September 2014, and a new version of the truck won't arrive until 2016.

According to Wards, Honda will stop producing the Ridgeline in September 2014. However, the truck was originally planned to continue until 2016, when an all-new model debuts. That means there will be a gap of almost two years between the current Ridgeline and the next-gen truck, leaving Honda without a pickup offering in the U.S. market for that period.

The 2006 Honda Ridgeline was introduced in 2005 and has had very few updates since then, making it more than due for an overhaul. The RTX model was dropped after the 2008 model year, the truck was face-lifted for 2009, a Sport model was added for 2012, and a backup camera became standard for 2013. We even named the truck an Automobile Magazine All-Star in 2007, and we conducted a Four Seasons test of a 2006 example.

Rumors have swirled for years over the eventual fate of the Honda Ridgeline. In 2011, a Honda spokesman wrote a blog post affirming that the truck would continue to be sold and produced for several years. However, the Honda Ridgeline never had the chops to compete with mainstream pickup trucks. Its 3.5-liter V-6 meant it couldn't tow or haul as much as V-8-powered rivals. Despite that, the truck's fuel economy ratings weren't any more impressive than more powerful trucks (the 2013 Honda Ridgeline scores just 15/21 mpg).

Last year, the Honda Ridgeline recorded only 14,068 sales. While that was a 44.2-percent increase over sales in 2011, it's still just a fraction the sales of all other pickup trucks. In 2012, the Ford F-Series recorded 645,316 sales, the Chevrolet Silverado managed 418,312 sales, the Ram pickup tallied 293,363 sales, and the Toyota Tundra posted 101,621 sales. The only model that was close to the Ridgeline in terms of sales was the Nissan Titan, with 21,576 trucks sold last year.In other words, the Honda Ridgeline is barely a blip on the radar of truck buyers.

A Honda spokesman declined to comment on future product plans, but said in an email that, "Ridgeline continues to be an important part of our lineup and we're pleased with Ridgeline sales, up 24 percent year-over-year and 32 percent in June."

Source: Wards Auto

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