Honda will call its GM-based EV the Prologue

Honda expects annual Prologue sales to quickly eclipse deliveries of its gasoline-powered Passport crossover but to remain below the Pilot crossover in volume. Honda sold 39,567 Passports last year in the U.S. and 123,813 Pilots.

Honda in Canada sold 2,734 Passports in 2020, up slightly from the 2,678. The automaker sold 7,709 Pilots in Canada, down from the 8,241 the year before.

Gardner did not offer a specific sales number or timeline but said the Prologue should ramp quickly.

Automotive News reported in January, citing industry sources, that the Honda-branded EV will start production in 2023 at GM’s crossover plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where GM currently builds the gasoline-powered Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer. In April, without mentioning Honda, GM confirmed it will invest US$1 billion in that plant to prepare for EV production.

Industry sources also have told Automotive News that the Acura-branded EV will be built starting in 2024 alongside the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq EV at GM’s plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.

The Lyriq is a midsize vehicle, which suggests the Acura will be as well. The Prologue is likely to be a compact crossover, since that is the most popular mainstream U.S. segment outside of pickups.

Honda said in April that it expects 100 per cent of its sales in North America to be zero-emission vehicles by 2040, including both battery-electric models and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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