Mazda on Thursday announced the auto manufacturer will make the CX-50 crossover SUV at its joint $2.3 billion Mazda Toyota plant in Huntsville.
“The CX-50 will share its platform with Mazda’s latest generation products, CX-30 and Mazda3, with enhanced all-wheel drive (AWD) capabilities and functionality for consumers with outdoor active lifestyles,” the company said in a press release.
Production of the CX-50 is to begin in January 2022. The first 2022 Corolla Cross rolled off the Huntsville plant’s assembly line last week.
Mazda Toyota Manufacturing is looking to employee more than 1,700 additional employees, eventually reaching up to 4,000 once production is in full operation next year, the company said.
The Huntsville plant has the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles a year, split evenly between the two auto manufacturers. A dozen suppliers and support companies announced plans to bring 2,000 additional jobs and a combined investment over more than $725 million, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.