Sweet Home Alabama, Toyota And Mazda Pick Huntsville For $1.6 Billion Joint Plant

Following a report earlier today, Mazda and Toyota have officially announced their new U.S. factory will be located in Huntsville, Alabama.

The plant is slated to cost $1.6 billion and it will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units. Production will be evenly split between the Toyota Corolla and an unconfirmed Mazda crossover.

The plant will open in 2021 and be located approximately 14 miles (22 km) from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant which builds an assortment of different engines for vehicles such as the Camry, Highlander, and Tundra. The new facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs and it will become Toyota’s 11th manufacturing facility in the United States.

In a statement, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said “Mazda makes cars with a clear vision of how we want to inspire people, contribute to society and help preserve the beauty of the earth. By making such cars here in Alabama, we hope that over time our plant will come to occupy a special place in the hearts of our employees and the local community.”

His sentiments were echoed by Toyota President Akio Toyoda who said “Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the strong success we have enjoyed in Alabama where we produce engines for the North American market.”

The announcement is a major victory for Alabama as several states – reportedly including Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina – were in the running for the plant.

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  • PK

    Alabama? why cause they won the college football national championship or something?

    • LWOAP

      Perhaps the state gave the two companies a really good reason to build their factory there?

      • PK

        it’s a joke.

        • LWOAP

          And it completely flew over my head. Well, in that case, nevermind,

          • PK

            ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Money/incentives put by the state of Alabama tilted the balance, plus, as Mr. Toyoda mentioned, Toyota has been building engines right there for many years; and Toyota is not alone in Alabama, Mercedes-Benz has been making SUVs in the state for two decades now – yes, ALL the M-B’s ML, GL, GLE, GLE Coupes, and GLS SUVs you see on the road are built in Alabama.

      • PK

        but they’re still engineered by the germans right?

        • I guess so (though Daimler AG has R&D and design centers in a few other countries), these are assembly plants – they only manufacture/assemble the vehicles, much like an iPhone is made in China, yet designed (developed) in California.

  • LWOAP

    Hmm??

    I could have swore you already posted an article about this story earlier.

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