It was recently announced the Mazda Motor Corporation will take part in Toyota Motor Corporation’s newly-formed e-Palette Alliance. The said venture will see each company participating in building various mobility services that will cater to the needs of of different audiences.
On their own, however, the two Japanese automakers will likewise team up to build cars side-by-side, as well as create new mobility solutions and services. One fruit of their union is the soon-to-rise manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The said plant, which will have an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles, will produce both Mazda and Toyota vehicles in equal quantities.
Said to begin operations by 2021, the plant is Toyota’s second US manufacturing facility, after its engine assembly plant that is also located in the state of Alabama. This same factory is Mazda’s first in the United States. It will build a new Mazda crossover that will soon be launched in the US, alongside the next-generation Toyota Corolla.
The factory is part of a $1.6 billion investment made by the two companies. The venture will also see the two working together to build electric cars, as well as connected vehicles. And they likewise plan to unveil a range of safety systems while they are at it.