Lincoln, Alabama – More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) celebrated the start of mass production of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, slated to go on-sale next month at Honda dealerships nationwide. HMA is the exclusive manufacturer of the up to 8-passenger Honda Pilot SUV and its direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine.
Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the 2016 Pilot is more spacious, more powerful, more efficient, and includes more advanced technology and premium features than the outgoing model.
"Our U.S.-based development team lives with the midsize family SUV everyday, and we have applied our deep understanding into the development of this best ever, third-generation Pilot," says Marc Ernst, chief engineer at Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio, and development leader for the new Pilot. "We advanced Pilot's dual-purpose character by increasing both family utility and personal sophistication to meet the needs of the driver and passengers in every dimension of their life."
The Pilot is produced alongside the Honda Odyssey minivan. Honda's Alabama-built light-truck lineup will be further strengthened when HMA begins production of a new Honda Ridgeline pickup early next year.