Mazda and Toyota have announced that the two automakers have begun building their new joint plant in Alabama, which will build up to 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021.

Mazda Koeru Concept
Mazda Koeru Concept

The new plant in Huntsville, Alabama will cost $1.6 billion and add up to 4,000 new jobs. When the plant comes online it will produce the Toyota Corolla and a new Mazda crossover. Mazda hasn’t provided too many details about the new crossover, other than the fact that it will be positioned between the CX-5 and CX-9 models.

We are proud to be here with Toyota, with whom we share the bond of pride in manufacturing,” said Kiyotaka Shobuda, Mazda’s senior managing executive officer. “We are proud to be breaking ground on a new ‘home’ here in Huntsville – a city that believes in the possibilities of technology and manufacturing, and has striven to realize mankind’s greatest dream.”

“It is extremely special to have a partner like Mazda to team up with not only to make the highest-quality cars, but also to create a plant that team members are proud to call their own,” said Jim Lentz, chief executive officer.

Source: Mazda and Toyota