January 5, 2004
Honda SUT to be produced in Ontario
Detroit, Michigan – Honda unveiled its SUT (sport utility truck) concept and
announced plans for the launch of an all-new sport-utility truck slated for
introduction in calendar year 2005. The new SUT will be produced by Honda Canada
Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, while current production of the Odyssey minivan
will be transferred to Honda’s plant in Alabama.
Because of its unit body platform, the SUT concept offers superior packaging
efficiency, ride comfort and handling dynamics versus traditional truck-based
vehicles in the class, said the company. The SUT Concept features a spacious cabin
with seating for five adults and a five-foot long cargo bed with reduced intrusion
of the real wheel arches for maximized cargo hauling capabilities.
“The pickup market is evolving to meet the changing tastes of a new generation of
truck buyers,” said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor
Co., Inc. “The Honda SUT Concept takes this evolution to the next level with higher
levels of refinement and sophistication in a sporty and socially responsible package
with Honda durability, quality and reliability.”
Design details include a roof with a four-paneled skylight; a cargo bed with
integrated lights and speakers; seats featuring a roll bar appearance; storage bins
made with climbing rope; and front door liners with integrated Mag-Lite,
The concept vehicle is powered by an all-aluminum VTEC V6 engine coupled with an
electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system. With its wide track and
four-wheel fully independent suspension, the SUT Concept delivers a new level of
ride comfort and handling prowess to the light truck segment, according to Honda.
The Honda SUT Concept integrates side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, Vehicle
Stability Assist (VSA), front-side airbags with the Occupant Position Detection
System (OPDS), four-wheel anti-lock brakes and pedestrian safety features. With its
unibody frame design, the SUT Concept provides a high level of occupant protection.