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Toyota to build new SUV, not Corolla, at Alabama plant

Toyota to build new SUV, not Corolla, at Alabama plant”

Instead it will build a new unspecified SUV at the plant it's building with Mazda in Huntsville.

While the company was coy on specifics, the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant was slated to build up to 150,000 Corollas annually.

A statement says the change of plans for the Alabama factory is because of a changing market and increasing demand for light trucks and SUVs.

Toyota said Wednesday, July 10, 2019, that it will scrap plans to build the Corolla compact vehicle at a new factory under construction in Alabama. If that's the case, it's not necessarily a bad move as it frees up the joint plant to build the new SUV. However, Corolla sales in the United States fell from 360,483 units in 2016 to 280,886 units a year ago.

Mazda Toyota is making changes to what vehicles will be produced at its Huntsville plant. As a result, it's possible that Toyota decided there wasn't enough demand to justify having two USA plants building the Corolla.

Toyota said in October 2017 it would shift production of Corollas from Canada to the new venture rather than Guanajuato, and would build Tacoma pickups in Mexico instead.

As work continues on the $1.6 billion facility, neither Mazda nor Toyota has now said what it will be building once production begins in 2021.

Toyota will now rely on its MS plant and Japan for Corolla production, a spokesman said.



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