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Honda Ridgeline is Truck of the Year; Highlights from the Detroit Auto Show

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What began as a typical Detroit Auto Show ended with Honda bringing life to the stage. After the announcement of a new Odyssey minivan for 2018 and some additional hybrid options being in the works, Honda sparked a great deal of interest from the NAIAS audience. Here are the major Honda highlights that came out of Detroit.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Wins North American Truck of the Year Award

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Photo Credit: Honda Twitter

It’s official: The 2017 Honda Ridgeline won the prestigious North American Truck of the Year Award, and it wasn’t even close. Beating out some big-name competition like the Ford F-Series, the Ridgeline is now one of the award’s only two-time winners (the Ridgeline also won back in 2006). The Ridgeline winning in 2017 comes just a year after the Honda Civic took home the gold for Car of the Year.

What set the Ridgeline apart was a host of class-exclusive features, including a Dual Action Tailgate, In-Bed Trunk, resistant composite bed, and the world’s first Truck Bed Sound System. Another category of which judges took note was safety, and the Ridgeline was the only pickup truck to earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.

“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” said Honda’s Executive V.P., John Mendel, adding that he expects this to be a coming-out party for the Ridgeline and many other innovative Honda products.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is available for sale right now at Germain Honda of Naples, your local Honda dealer serving Cape Coral, Estero, and Fort Myers, FL.

The All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey

With the announcement and impending release of the 2018 Odyssey, it’s clear that Honda is aiming to nab next year’s Utility of the Year award.

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Photo credit: Carfax.com

Potentially available this spring at our Honda dealership near Cape Coral, FL, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is already creating some serious buzz. Perhaps it’s the parent-favorite Magic Slide™ second-row seating. Or could it be the integration of innovative in-cabin tech like CabinWatch and CabinTalk, which allow parents to keep an eye on rear passengers and scold them over a cabin-wide intercom system? Then there are features like a new full-display touchscreen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Rear Entertainment Systems with streaming video, and a bevy of Honda Sensing™ tech that will be available on lower Odyssey trims.

An all-new body and frame make the Odyssey safer than ever by utilizing high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium to reduce weight and increase body rigidity by nearly 50%. It will be equipped with a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 and a ten-speed automatic transmission. And we all know the HondaVac® is returning, making 2018 the year of the Odyssey.

New Honda Hybrids

Also announced were a new series of American hybrid models to be released in 2018, as well as an expansion of Honda’s hybrid powertrain into its truck lineup. In an effort to meet their sales and emissions targets, Honda expects half of its lineup to be hybrids or pure electric vehicles, starting with the Honda Clarity Electric and Plug-In Hybrid. No other details were released during the Detroit Auto Show, but expect more information to come out sooner rather than later.

Shop Germain Honda of Naples & Save Big

If you can’t wait for the new Honda Odyssey or upcoming hybrid models, take advantage of our current selection of new Honda vehicles for sale. Our friendly and helpful sales team will be happy to place the keys to a new 2017 Odyssey, CR-V, or Accord Hybrid in the palm of your hand. We also have low-priced used cars for sale, plus incredible deals and Honda incentives on the newest models available.

Contact our sales team at (239) 307-5064 or visit our Naples dealership at 3707 Davis Blvd. in Naples to discover how perfect your life could be with a Honda.

 

Sources & Photo Credits:

http://world.honda.com/worldnews/2017/4170110Dedicated-Hybrid-Model.html

http://world.honda.com/news/2017/4170110aeng.html

http://world.honda.com/news/2017/4170110eng.html

https://www.carfax.com/blog/naias-2018-honda-odyssey/

https://twitter.com/Honda/status/818482725007093760

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