The Corolla Cross subcompact SUV will arrive on dealer lots in October
This Alabama factory is a joint venture with Mazda
A hybrid version will join the lineup in 2022 as a 2023 model
Production of the new Toyota Corolla Cross subcompact SUV began on September 30 in a new factory in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Corolla Cross is a new model that was introduced in mid 2020 that will add another option in the Toyota lineup for the competitive subcompact SUV market.
This new vehicle wears the name Corolla in order to capitalise on the solid reputation of reliability and durability that has been maintained by the previous Corolla models of the last fifty years.
A hybrid version has been announced, but customers will have to wait about a year before they can take one home, because Toyota is focussing on building the gasoline powered variant at first.
Construction of the facility began in November of 2018 and the Corolla Cross is the very first vehicle to be built there. A Mazda model will join it on the assembly lines shortly, but the automaker has not announced which one it will be.
This factory, called MTM, is currently employing over 2,000 workers, but the compagnies intend to have up to 4,000 employees at the facility by the end of next year in order to reach the full production capacity of 300,000 units per year, which should be split evenly between the Corolla Cross and the future Mazda model.
Both companies have invested a total of $2.311 billion in MTM since 2018, a number that was reached in the summer of 2020, when the automakers committed an additional $830 million in order to incorporate more technology into its manufacturing process.