2017 Honda Ridgeline

 

Honda Trucks Through the Years


A Pictorial Glimpse of Honda Trucks Through the Years

The T360 utilized a 356 cc AK250E series DOHC inline-four cylinder motor also used in the Honda S360 roadster model, with which it likewise shared the chassis. The mid-mounted unit moved the pickup to a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). The motor produced 30 hp (22 kW) at 8,500 rpm, mirroring Honda's motorcycle legacy. 108,920 T360s were manufactured from 1963 through August 1967, every single one painted "May Blue". It has a wraparound clamshell-style hood which keeps the headlights in place when opened.

The comparable yet to larger Honda T500 utilized a 38 hp (28 kW) 531 cc rendition of the motor, excluding it from the Kei auto class. The T500, was announced in September 1964, was for the most part proposed for export markets. Its motor conveyed high in the rev area (maximum power was achieved at 7,500 rpm, with a 9,000 rpm redline) and was a marginally downtuned variant of the one mounted in the Honda S500 sports car. Top speed was 105 km/h (65 mph). 10,226 T500s were manufactured from 1964 through November 1967, and every one was painted "Greenery Green". Beside the different color and motor, the T500 was 20 cm longer (all of it behind the rear axle), as its general length was not governed by the Kei regulations. Another minor difference was the area for license plates was bigger than those of a Kei automobile, and also a larger 400 kg (882 lb) load capacity.

The T360 was manufactured as a traditional rear wheel drive truck, a flatbed (the T360F), flatbed with fold down sides (the T360H), and as a van (the T360V). There was additionally a form of the T360 called the "Snow Crawler", furnished with tracked drive units at the back. Because of its cost, the Snow Crawler remained a rare notwithstanding its convenience in certain areas of northern Japan. The T500 was produced either with a regular pickup body (T500), or with the fold down sides flatbed, this time with the "F" suffix; labeled the T500F.

Honda T360 Truck
Honda T360 Truck
1971 Honda 600 Truck
1971 Honda 600 Truck


Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline is a sport utility truck. The unibody construction, features independent suspension, a flat load floor, a double action tailgate, an In-Bed Trunk, all-wheel drive — and additionally front-wheel drive for select 2017 US versions—, and is only available in a crewcab short bed design, dissimilar to most pickups. It was released for sale in March 2005 as a 2006 model and initially manufactured by Honda of Canada until 2008 when the assembly was relocated to Honda of Alabama. Production of the original Honda Ridgeline wound down in mid-2014. Despite its low sales units, the Ridgeline was one of the more profitable Honda vehicles In 2013, Honda reported that an redesigned second era Ridgeline would be built and following a two year generation rest, in late June of 2016, a recently updated Ridgeline was available as a 2017 model year vehicle.

In a statement by Honda, the Ridgeline was not intended to take sales from the more customary pickups sold in the U.S., yet was produced to "provide the 18% of Honda owners who also have pickups an opportunity to make their garages a Honda-only area". The original Ridgeline was a remarkably built vehicle with just 7% of its parts shared with Honda's worldwide light truck platform and 5% of it's exterior components shared. Its powertrain is similar to the one in the 2006 Acura MDX although was vigorously modified for towing and hauling The second era Ridgeline adopted an alternate engineering, taking after the 2016 Honda Pilot and changing the parts important to support truck type activities, while keeping the features that made the original Ridgeline unique.

2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS
2017 Honda Ridgeline
2017 Honda Ridgeline


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