Mazda to Make CX-50 in the US
Nov. 17, 2021—After a decade-long hiatus, Mazda announced it will begin manufacturing in the United States again, starting with its all-new CX-50 SUV.
The company on Monday announced production of the CX-50 will be housed in Alabama through a partnership with Toyota, according to The Detroit News. The SUV will be available for the 2023 model year.
“This new Mazda vehicle has been developed for North America, particularly to support the active and outdoor lifestyles of customers in this region,” Chief Mazda executive Jeff Guyton said.
The report likens the CX-50 to the Ford Bronco Sport and Chevy Trailblazer as an "adventure-seeking SUV" that is "more aggressive than street-focused Mazdas." The SUV will come standard with AWD, Mazda's 4-cylinder 2.5-liter engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda is also planning electrified drivetrains for the CX-50, including a hybrid option, "in the future," according to the report.
The joint manufacturing facility, called Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, is on the Alabama-Tennessee border and will be able to produce 300,000 vehicles a year with 4,000 employees.