The current Ridgeline unibody pickup will end its lifecycle sometime in 2012 but sources say that Honda isn't likely to replace it. When the truck went on sale in 2005, Honda had expected to sell 50,000 units of this 2006 model each year.
But in 2009, only 16,464 units were sold. The midsize, unibody Ridgeline was the first pickup to have all-wheel drive and the appearance of a slab-sided lunar-lander.
Instead of conventional leaf springs, the pickup had an independent rear suspension, which resulted to a very comfortable ride as well as provided sufficient room for an in-bed lockable trunk -- the first in a pickup.
The Ridgeline was also fitted with a dual-action tailgate that folded down or off to the side (like a door) to allow unobstructed access to the cargo box.
Last Friday, PickupTrucks.com attempted to get a confirmation from Honda public relations manager Christina Ra on this matter.
However, she declined to comment and only said that there was nothing more to announce after the statement at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, where Honda said that there would be no significant change to the Ridgeline through the 2011 model year.
Be that as it may but Ra still didn't deny that the Ridgeline would be ended after the 2011 model year.