http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/01/04/honda_040104 ALLISTON, ONT. - Honda announced plans Sunday to make a new sports utility truck at an assembly plant in Ontario, driving federal and provincial politicians to toot some horns about the economy. "We welcome Honda's decision to build this new sports utility truck in Canada," Industry Minister Lucienne Robillard said in a news release. The move "reaffirms that Canada has what it takes to attract new automotive investment," he said. The factory in Alliston, about 60 kilometres north of Toronto, opened almost 20 years ago. It employs more than 5,000 men and women who make cars, motorcycles, trucks and other vehicles sold to over 10 countries – including the U.S., Japan and Australia. "Honda's decision to build its new sports utility truck is tremendous news for the people of Alliston and all of Ontario," said Joseph Cordiano, the province's minister of economic development and trade. "(It) demonstrates the company's strong confidence in Ontario as a great place to do business." The Canadian site will be the main production plant for the new truck worldwide. Production is expected to begin in 2005.