Automotive

January 10, 2018: Toyota and Mazda announced that they have chosen Alabama as the location for a $1.6-billion joint-venture automotive assembly plant that will employ up to 4,000 people. The plant capacity will be 300,000 vehicles per year, and production is expected to start by 2021. Products will include the Toyota Corolla and a new Mazda crossover.

Alabama is home to vehicle assembly plants for Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota-Mazda (announced 2018) as well as an engine assembly plant for Toyota. They are joined by a growing list of automotive suppliers – Kamtek, Lear, ZF, Topre, Gestamp, Mando, Mobis, Flex-N-Gate, Fleetwood Metals, and North American Lighting, just to name a few.

Following are a few quick facts about Alabama’s dynamic automotive industry:

  • Alabama ranked third nationally in export dollars for motor vehicles in 2017.
  • Alabama ranks 5th nationally in car and light truck production.
  • Alabama automakers produced nearly 1 million cars and light-trucks in 2017.
  • A total of 10 car and light truck models are currently produced in the state.
  • Alabama automakers produced nearly 1.7 million automotive engines in 2017.
  • Alabama’s export dollars for vehicles and vehicle parts rose to $9.5 billion in 2017.

Assembly plant details:

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

Location: Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Capital Investment: More than $6 billion
Team Members: 3,700 team members
Production Capacity: 300,000 vehicles annually
Plant size: More than 5 million square feet
Suppliers: 50+ auto-related suppliers in Alabama
Products: GLE SUV, GLE Coupe SUV, GLS SUV, and C-Class sedan

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Location: Talladega County, Alabama
Capital Investment: $2.6 billion
Associates: 4,500 associates
Production Capacity: 340,000 vehicles and 340,000 engines annually
Plant size: 4.2 million square feet
Suppliers: 40+ auto-related suppliers in Alabama
Products: Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV, Ridgeline truck, and V-6 engines

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing

Location: Montgomery County, Alabama
Capital Investment: More than $2.0 billion
Team Members: 3,600 team members
Production Capacity: 400,000 vehicles and 720,000 engines annually
Plant Size: 3.2 million square feet
Suppliers: 50+ suppliers in Alabama
Products: Sonata sedan, Elantra sedan, Santa Fe SUV; Theta 4-cylinder and Nu 4-cylinder engines

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA, Inc. (Joint Venture, announced January 10, 2018)

Location: Limestone County, Alabama
Capital Investment: $1.6 billion (announced; equal funding contributions)
Team Members: 4,000 (announced)
Production Capacity: 300,000 vehicles annually
Plant size: TBA
Suppliers: TBA
Products: New Mazda crossover (announced), Toyota Corolla (announced)
Production Start: Expected 2021

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Location: Madison County, Alabama
Announced: 2001
Capital Investment: $970 million
Employment: 1,400
Production Capacity: 710,000 annually
Plant Size: 1.1 million square feet
Products: 4-cylinder engines for  Highlander, RAV4; V-6 engines for Highlander and Tacoma; V-8 engines for Tundra and Sequoia

For a closer look at Alabama’s automotive industry, please open the documents below.

Automotive Industry in Alabama
Honda Suppliers in Alabama
Hyundai Suppliers in Alabama
Mercedes Suppliers in Alabama
Map of Car and Light Truck Assembly Plants in Alabama and the Southeast

Helpful link:

Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association

Video Library:

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Simulation Video
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Simulation Video
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Simulation Video
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama Simulation Video
Navistar Simulation Video