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Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Win at Mint 400

  • Honda Off-Road Racing Team continues winning 2019 form
  • Class victory at Mint 400 follows victory in February’s Parker 425
  • Ridgeline Baja Race Truck takes on Baja 500 in June

The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck backed up their season-opening win at February’s Parker 425 with a second-consecutive Class 7200 victory this weekend in the Mint 400.

First run in 1968, the Mint 400 lays claim as the oldest off-road race in the United States, and holds the reputation as being one of the toughest courses in the sport.  The race takes place over four laps of an approximately 100-mile long loop in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Competing in the “7200” class for unlimited V6-powered race trucks, team owner/driver Jeff Proctor and navigator Evan Weller pulled away to an early class lead during the Best in the Desert Racing Association event, and the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck never surrendered its advantage.

After the team made its mid-race pit stop, Proctor handed off the driving duties to team manager and veteran off-road racer Pat Dailey.  Following a hard-fought 400 miles, the Ridgeline took the checkered flags for its second class win of 2019.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine produced by Honda Performance Development, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck features a body designed by Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio, with inspiration taken from the current Honda Ridgeline, also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas.  Key design cues drawn from the production Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile.

Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD’s 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block and cylinder heads as the production V6 that powers the all-new Ridgeline.  Additional, custom elements of the powertrain include an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom Engine Control Unit programming.

Photos and information from the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck’s efforts at the Mint 400 can be viewed on Instagram at @hondaoffroadracing and @proctor_race.  Honda Racing/HPD news and reports can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD.  The team next takes on the classic Baja 500, the first weekend in June.

Jeff Proctor (team owner/driver Ridgeline Baja Race Truck) 1st in Class 7200 Unlimited V6 Trucks: “We won the Mint 400!  This Ridgeline Baja Race Truck was on rails all day.  We would be nothing without an amazing Honda Off-Road Racing crew.  We had zero flats, no major issues of any kind.  It was a perfect race conditions, and a win.  Thanks to Honda, Honda Performance Development, and all of our partners for making this possible.”

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Fuel Pump Recall: 2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline

  • 106,683 vehicles are affected in the United States
  • For Free: Fuel pumps will be inspected and, if needed replaced; Fuel pump cover to be installed on all affected vehicles.
  • No reports of related fires, crashes or injuries

American Honda will voluntarily recall 106,683 model-year 2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks in the United States to inspect and, if needed, replace the fuel pump, for free. In addition, a free fuel pump cover will be installed on all affected vehicles. Car wash detergents containing sulfuric acid could drain from the truck bed and seep into the fuel pump’s fuel feed port. If not fully rinsed off, sulfuric acid seepage can crack the fuel feed port, resulting in a pressurized fuel leak. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Honda has received no reports of fires, crashes or injuries related to this condition.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to owners will begin in early-March 2019. Owners of these models can also determine if their specific vehicles are included in the recall by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. For the awards, Car and Driver tested vehicles’ unique attributes for their respective segments, including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency. The 2019 Ridgeline excels in each of those areas due to its unique unibody construction and extent of standard and available features.

The Ridgeline utilizes a highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unibody structure that delivers up to three times the torsional rigidity of competing body-on-frame trucks. The chassis features fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and combined with the body structure provides vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision along with the top-in-class cabin quietness.

Along with excellent drivability and NVH characteristics, the 2019 Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in its class along with robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities. That includes a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 1,584-pound (718.5 kg), and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing, giving Ridgeline a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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Five Honda Models Earn 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

With a win in every vehicle type Honda produces—electrified vehicle, passenger car, SUV, minivan and pickup truck—the brand won multiple accolades in the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Resale Value Awards. The all-new 2019 Insight plus 2019 Civic, HR-V and Odyssey were top-ranked in their respective segments with the 2019 Ridgeline included in the top 10 for Best Overall Resale Value.

The 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards honor automakers’ outstanding achievements in producing vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years (60 months) of new-vehicle ownership, a very good indicator of a model’s overall value-retention ability.

Honda’s 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award winners are:

  • Best Resale Value: Hybrid Car – 2019 Honda Insight
  • Best Resale Value: Compact Car – 2019 Honda Civic
  • Best Resale Value: Subcompact SUV/Crossover – 2019 Honda HR-V
  • Best Resale Value: Minivan – 2019 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Resale Value: Top 10 – 2019 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. For the awards, Car and Driver tested vehicles’ unique attributes for their respective segments, including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency. The 2019 Ridgeline excels in each of those areas due to its unique unibody construction and extent of standard and available features.

The Ridgeline utilizes a highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unibody structure that delivers up to three times the torsional rigidity of competing body-on-frame trucks. The chassis features fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and combined with the body structure provides vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision along with the top-in-class cabin quietness.

Along with excellent drivability and NVH characteristics, the 2019 Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in its class along with robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities. That includes a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 1,584-pound (718.5 kg), and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing, giving Ridgeline a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding Center Pillar Garnish Attachment Recall: 2019 Honda Pilot and Ridgeline

  • 403 vehicles are affected in the United States
  • Right center pillar garnishes, which may interfere with side curtain airbag deployment, will be secured, for free
  • No reports of related injuries

American Honda will voluntarily recall 403 Honda Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles from the 2019 model year in the United States to secure the right center pillar garnish, for free.

Affected vehicles may have larger than specified mounting holes for the clip that secures the right center pillar (B-pillar) garnish, an interior cover just behind the passenger-side front door. In the event of a crash necessitating right side curtain airbag deployment, the clip may not hold the center pillar garnish in position and may potentially interfere with side curtain airbag deployment. This interference may not comply with certain federal requirements and may increase the risk of occupant injury. Honda has received no reports of injuries related to this condition.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage each owner of an affected vehicle to take it to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in mid-January 2019. Owners of these models can also determine if their specific vehicles are included in the recall by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Trucks and Electrified Vehicles Spark Strong October Sales for American Honda

  • American Honda trucks gain 6.5% to set new October record
  • Honda electrified vehicles have best month on record, exceeding 6,000 retail sales for second month in a row
  • Honda Pilot sales climb 31% for best October sales; Odyssey rises 15%
  • Acura trucks set new October record, gaining 15%
  • Acura RDX records best October and second best single month in history, jumping 75% 

“With production across our entire Honda and Acura lineups in alignment to meet true consumer demand, we continue to achieve steady and sustainable results as we enter the final two months of the year,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division.

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Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept Debuts at 2018 SEMA Show

Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept merges light-truck and side-by-side vehicles into ultimate open-air off-road Honda

Headlining a star-studded lineup of vehicles, the Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept took its bow today in the glittering environs of Las Vegas at the 2018 SEMA show. Combining elements of two production Honda vehicles from different genres, the Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept is based on Honda’s Ridgeline pickup and its Pioneer 1000 side-by-side to create the ultimate open-air off-road Honda adventure vehicle.

Designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, the Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept is a physical thought exercise of what the ultimate off-road Honda four-wheeled vehicle could look like. The vehicle combines the utility of the Honda Ridgeline with the off-road ruggedness and extreme styling of the Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side. While the Rugged Open Air Vehicle is a concept, it nonetheless uses existing Honda components, such as modified Ridgeline body and suspension, along with production Pioneer doors and custom designed bed and tailgate panels modeled after the Pioneer. The Ridgeline-based interior has been modified for a life exposed to the outdoors and features a Pioneer 1000 steering wheel adapted to the Ridgeline steering column, along with Civic Type R seats reskinned in waterproof Pioneer 1000 material, smartphone holders from RAM Mounts, and durable paint-on surfaces to protect the exposed instrument panel from the elements.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Control Unit Recall: 2019 Honda Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline

  • 118 vehicles are affected; recall only in the United States
  • SRS Control Units will be replaced, free of charge
  • Issue discovered during quality control check at the control unit vendor; No customer reports related to this issue

Honda will voluntarily recall 118 model-year 2019 Insight, Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles, only in the United States, to replace Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Control Units, free of charge. A circuit board on the affected SRS Control Units may have been damaged during production. A damaged SRS Control Unit may not properly deploy the side, side curtain and knee airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Honda has received no customer reports related to this issue, which was discovered during quality control checks at the vendor.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as possible for the free repair. Mailed notification to owners of affected vehicles will occur in late-November 2018. Owners of these models can also determine if their vehicles require repair now by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

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Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Victory at Vegas to Reno

  • Honda Off-Road Racing Team wins BITD Vegas to Reno off-road race
  • Third win of 2018 follows class victories at Parker 425, Baja 500

The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck continued their winning ways this weekend at the General Tire Vegas to Reno race, claiming a third class victory in four events this season.

A part of the Best In The Desert series of off-road races, the “V2R” is the longest event of its type in the United States and features a unique set of challenges, including high ambient temperatures, substantial elevation changes and the constant potential of sudden, strong rain storms.  The course is also known for several high-speed sections, stretches of deep silt and thick dust that can make overtaking difficult.

Starting seventh, based on a qualifying draw, in the nine-truck “Class 7200” field, team owner/driver Jeff Proctor and navigator Evan Weller started out at a conservative pace for the first 50 miles, then began to gain positions, moving to first in class at the 88-mile mark.

Continuing to build the lead through the first half of the race, Proctor passed off the driving duties to Pat Dailey for the final 200 miles. This weekend’s victory adds to an impressive total for the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck this season, including class wins at the Parker 425 in February and at the Baja 500 in June.  In addition, the team finished second in its other start this year, at the Mint 400. The Honda Off-Road Racing Team now begins the final prep and logistics for its final race of the year, the Baja 1000 in November.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine produced by Honda Performance Development, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck features a body designed by Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio, with inspiration taken from the current Honda Ridgeline, also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas.  Key design cues drawn from the Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile.

Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD’s 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block and cylinder heads as the production V6 that powers the all-new Ridgeline.  Additional, custom elements of the powertrain include an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom Engine Control Unit programming.

Photos and information from the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck’s efforts can be viewed on Instagram at @hondaoffroadracing and @proctor_race.  Honda Racing/HPD news and reports can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPDand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD.

Jeff Proctor (team owner/driver Ridgeline Baja Race Truck) finished 1st in Class 7200 Unlimited V6 Trucks: “Being patient early in the race and avoiding mistakes in the dust was a key strategy for us today. This is a sweet victory for the entire team and our first at this legendary race. I can’t thank our entire crew enough for all their hard work to get us here.”

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