Mazda Toyota Manufacturing kicks off production of 2022 Corolla Cross

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The all-new 2022 Corolla Cross has officially rolled off the assembly lines at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing. Photo via Toyota Newsroom

On Thursday, September 30th, the first production version of the 2022 Corolla Cross officially rolled off the assembly lines at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. By the end of the year, production models of the 2022 Corolla Cross will be available at dealerships throughout North America.

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Production has officially begun at Huntsville’s Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant

Named for the factory’s Apollo assembly line, Thursday’s “Apollo Milestone Event” took place in Huntsville’s Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant. The plant’s second assembly line, Discovery, will soon produce a yet-to-be-announced Mazda vehicle. The names of the two assembly lines are a nod toward’s Huntsville’s history in aerospace.

“This is the moment MTM and our North Alabama community have waited for since we broke ground in November 2018. We are excited to see Corolla Cross in dealerships across the U.S.”

Mark Brazeal, Vice President of Administration, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. (via Toyota Newsroom)

Produced exclusively by Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, the all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is a compact SUV, described as “small but spacious and mighty” by Mazda Toyota Executive Vice President Hiro Kagohashi.

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A bird’s-eye view of the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant under construction. Photo via Toyota Newsroom

Thursday’s Apollo Milestone Event marks an important point in the three-year history of the Mazda Toyota Plant. In order to support production, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing is looking to hire an additional 1,700 employees, eventually employing up to 4,000 people once production is in full swing.

At peak production, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will be able to produce 300,000 vehicles a year, split evenly between Mazda and Toyota. The yet-to-be-announced Mazda vehicle will eventually be manufactured on the facility’s “Discovery” assembly line.

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