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Toyota and Mazda come together to build EVs at their new plant in US

Toyota and Mazda come together to build EVs at their new plant in US
Abhishek Nigam Abhishek Nigam Monday 07 August 2017, 15:38 PM

With the world adapting to EVs, Toyota and Mazda partner to build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant as part of an alliance which will see the manufacturers jointly develop electric vehicle technologies.

The two will take small stakes in each other as part of the tie-up: Toyota, the world's second-largest automaker by vehicle sales last year, will take a 5 per cent share of Mazda, extending its dominance in Japan's auto sector. Mazda will take a 0.25 per cent share of its larger rival. The plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year, with production divided between the two automakers, and employ about 4,000 people. It will start operating in 2021.

Toyota and Mazda will also work together to develop in-car information technologies and automated driving functions which is a part of the agreement. Toyota seeks to tap its smaller rival's expertise in emerging Asian markets for which they are courting compact car maker Suzuki to cooperate on R&D and parts supply.

 

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