Toyota and Mazda Putting $1.6 Billion into Alabama

Toyota Yaris iA by Mazda

The proposed joint venture factory to be built by Toyota and Mazda has found a new home: Alabama. The southern state will be the site of the new $1.6 billion factory, and will eventually will employ up to 4,000 people and produce about 300,000 vehicles a year.

The deal is being couched as a victory for President Donald Trump and his threatened, protectionist tariffs on foreign production, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Trump tweeted in March, 2017, that, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax!”

So- yeah. It looks like he got his way. And, honestly, it’s a good thing, too. The south needs jobs, and this factory will not only employ the 4,000 people who work there, but the people who make their uniforms, pick up their trash, feed them, and all down the line. It’s also good news for enthusiasts, because Mazda continues to make some the best-driving cars in the business, and Toyota could use some Vroom-vroom in its DNA these days. Or any day, really- and the Mazda-built Toyota/Scion Yaris iA is living, driving proof that the partnership seems to be good for all involved.

That’s just my opinion, though. What’s yours? Is any apparent Trump victory worth getting angry about because it will be “good for him”, or is beleaguered southern states like South Carolina and Alabama getting a bit of well-deserved good news a cause to celebrate? Let us know. Comments.


Source | Images: Reuters.

Jo Borrás

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