Toyota And Mazda Pick Alabama For Their New $1.6 Billion Factory

Toyota and Mazda have reportedly picked Alabama as the site for their $1.6 billion joint factory.

According to Reuters, the new factory will be located in Huntsville, Alabama and will employ up to 4,000 people and produce around 350,000 vehicles per year. Toyota has already a big engine plant in the state, as well as an existing network of suppliers.

A formal announcement is imminent by the two companies, which have scheduled a press conference tomorrow at 15:00 EST.

Toyota is planning to build models like the Corolla there, while Mazda says it want to produce its SUVs there, which might include a new-gen CX-7 crossover, when the factory goes online in 2021.

The two companies had narrowed their choices in recent months down to two locations, in Alabama and North Carolina. Toyota has currently 10 factories in the U.S. and announced a capital alliance with Mazda last August, aiming to explore the joint development of EV technologies.


  • John

    I better get my made in Japan CX5 now…

    • JGreen

      Why? Are there quality issues with the Honda’s and Acura’s being built in Alabama? Maybe the ones being built in Mexico. But they would not be expanding in Alabama if there were issues.

      • John

        no why. just preference when it comes to car making. Ger > Japan > Brit / Italy > America > Korea/Mexico

  • Adilos Nave

    Well crap, that’s disappointing news for North Carolina. Guess we were too busy paying off Duke Energy than to offer up enough incentives for them to locate here.

  • pxsupply

    Great for Alabama!


    Someone must have really given them some pretty big incentives to build their factory there.

    • JGreen

      Every state would. Alabama’s is $360 million, mostly tax incentives.

  • Maricaibo

    Another huge tax deferment/credit at the expense of poor Alabama citizens?

    • JGreen

      If Alabama was not getting the tax revenue before, and they give tax credits now, it’s a net zero and we do not foot any bill. There will be tax revenue as people spend their paychecks, new suppliers build within 30 miles and new homes are being built. The problem with taxes collected is how government wastes it.

  • jsz00

    In Trump we trust

    • Enter Ranting

      He had nothing to do with it, but he’ll take all the credit anyway. Sad,

    • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Lady GAGA

  • ME

    I rather have Japanese built; Mazda already shared a US production line in Michigan and that failed; I’m afraid this might end up hurting them too.

    • JGreen

      Alabama has Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai and a Toyota engine plant. Honda is still expanding. Honda had quality issues with their Mexico plant, but Honda worked to correct that. So the Japanese would not come to Alabama if they had a history of making bad products. In fact, they come to Alabama because of the success.

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