Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

By Paul Riegler on 10 January 2018
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The Mazda CX-3. Mazda will build a new SUV at the Alabama plant.

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that the two automakers have selected Alabama as the site of a future joint-venture auto plant.

The $1.6-billion plant, to be located in Huntsville, will eventually employ as many as 4,000 workers. Production is expected to start by 2021, the two automakers said. Production will be divided evenly between the Toyota Corolla compact and a new as-of-yet unnamed USV from Mazda.

The two companies are taking advantage of an Alabama law that provides economic incentives for projects of this scale, and additional tax incentives will come from local governments.

Toyota had originally intended to manufacture the Corolla in Mexico but will manufacture Tacoma pickups there instead. It also already has an engine plant in the Huntsville area.

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