American Honda Motor Co. Inc. will debut its second-generation Pilot midsize cross/utility vehicle early next year as an ’09 model, a company official tells Ward’s. The Pilot debuted in the U.S. in June 2002 as an ’03 model. Honda typically keeps five model years between vehicle generations. As such, many forecasters predicted the new CUV would be designated an ’08. “Because of the timing on Pilot, it will show up as six model years but it’s not quite,” John Mendel, senior vice ...

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