Honda will begin producing the Ridgeline pickup at its Lincoln, Ala., plant in early 2009.
The announcement was made Monday, March 10, by Hiroshi Sasamoto, CEO of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC.
The Ridgeline now is assembled on Hondas Line 2 in its plant in Alliston, Ontario. The move will let Honda boost Civic output in Alliston, said Ted Pratt, a Honda spokesman.
Ridgeline production will be added to the Lincoln plants Line 1, which now produces the Odyssey minivan, while Line 2 will continue to produce both the Odyssey and Pilot crossover.
Honda does not expect to increase the straight-time production capacity of the Lincoln plant, now at 300,000 units a year. The Lincoln factory produced a record 314,145 vehicles last year, Pratt said.
Honda will begin Ridgeline production trials in Lincoln late this year, Pratt said. In 2007, Ridgeline sales fell 14.7 percent to 42,795.