Honda’s Ridgeline compact truck will exit production in a little over a year’s time according to a new report.
Don’t expect the dismissal to be permanent, though. According to Wards Auto, the truck will disappear in late 2014 only to reappear mid-way through 2016.
Honda introduced the truck in 2005 as a 2006 model year, and sales reached their peak in 2006. The company sold 50,193 that year and those numbers generally been in decline ever since. That fact stirred speculation that Honda would drop the Ridgeline, despite the brand denying that notion.
Plans for the truck after its hiatus aren’t clear, but other automakers are beginning to revisit the small truck segment.
General Motors will being two new small trucks to the market soon under the Chevrolet and GMC brands. Those models will aim at separate target markets. Meanwhile, Toyota continues to sell the Tacoma, and Nissan the Frontier.
[Source: Wards Auto]