If you thought Honda's Ridgeline was already innovative - with its unitized body, independent rear suspension, and in-bed trunk - you ain't seen nothing yet.
A very special version of the Ridgeline will appear January 1st, 2008 in the 119th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. This one will take flexibility to a whole new level. It can transform from a crossover utility truck into a futuristic rocket ship. Oh yeah, and it's made entirely out of flowers, seeds, and nuts.
Honda's Rose Bowl Parade entry is called 'Passport to the Future' and it's meant to showcase how, "American Honda is committed to creating products that give people mobility - on both two and four wheels, and soon, in the skies. This year's float takes a fun and imaginative look at what the future of mobility might hold," says Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president of American Honda Motor Company.
From Honda's Press Release, "The Ridgeline will lift off from the the float in a cloud of mist, become an airborne craft and 'blast off' with a replica of ASIMO, Honda's advanced humanoid robot, at the controls.
Using Honda generators to transform, the hood of the truck will fold forward to become an aircraft cockpit, the doors and sides of the truck will unfold outward to become wings, the wheels will tuck under the body, and the bed of the truck will open and take on the form of an aircraft tail section, complete with rocket engines - and even real fire."
Honda is also the official vehicle of the Tournament of Roses.