ASHEVILLE, NC – Honda Motor Co. Ltd.’s June 3 introduction of the '03 Pilot, its first-ever Honda-badged midsize SUV, is a good example of auto makers heading in different directions. Honda says midsize SUV buyers don't want bold, Dodge Ram-type styling. In the first full year of production, Honda plans to sell 80,000 Pilots (priced at about $30,000) as a competitor to Ford Motor Co.’s industry standard Explorer and the recently reinvigorated General Motors Corp. stalwart for ...

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