Mazda and Toyota will freeze a large project

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Mazda and Toyota will freeze a large project

The new plant would start collecting the newest crossovers of both brands already in 2021.

About “long-term mutually beneficial partnership” the two companies agreed three years ago, and in January 2018 have agreed on plans for the construction of a joint plant in the us Alabama. The design capacity – 150 thousand cars of both marks.

However, the opening ceremony of the conveyors will be delayed. The publication Automotive News has gained access to internal documents, according to which the plant is operating at least six months later than planned. The reason is obvious: it is a coronavirus pandemic, which affects the supply of equipment and creates a labor shortage.

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According to some reports, work on the construction site was interrupted for the last few weeks, at least once, by the authorities of the state. However, the manual a joint venture full of hope and are not going to abandon the project: development strategy just adapt to the current U.S. situation.

The plant, when it will start, will run about 4 thousand people. Collect as previously reported, plans some of the newest SUVs Mazda and Toyota. According to one version, Toyota is going in one form or another to revive the iconic FJ Cruiser, for example, by creating a production version of the concept FT-4X.

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