Mazda rolls first vehicle off joint assembly line with Toyota

Mazda, the scrappy little Japanese automaker, turned a page in its history this morning when the first 2023 Mazda CX-50 crossover rolled off the Discovery assembly line at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, the plant that both manufacturers opened outside Huntsville, Alabama, in September 2021. Still to appear at its official reveal, the CX-50 is a driver-focused SUV, offering Mazda’s first panoramic moonroof, and while petroleum powered today, it’s adaptable to future hybrid and EV powertrains.

MTM, as the joint venture is known, represents a $2.3 billion partnership between Mazda and Toyota. When at full capacity, MTM will employ up to 4,000 workers and have an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles, set to be evenly divvied up between Mazda and Toyota products.

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