TOKYO (AP) — Mazda Motor Corp. will make Toyota-brand subcompacts at its new plant in Mexico, allowing Japan's top automaker to strengthen its North American model lineup.
Under the agreement announced Friday, Mazda will annually produce 50,000 subcompacts, based on the Mazda2 but under the Toyota brand by mid-2015. Toyota Motor Corp. will invest in equipment and other costs for the production increase, both sides said.
The plant employing 3,000 people was set to have annual production capacity of 140,000 vehicles.
Mazda has been struggling since its ties with U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. weakened. Speculation has been rife the Hiroshima-based maker will need a new partner to ride out intense competition in the industry.
Toyota has seen its profitability recover recently. Last year, the disaster in northeastern Japan slammed production.
Narratives Over Facts
The Greatest Gun Shopping Day Of All Time! - Bearing Arms - Background Checks, gun sales, NICS
Video: Who’s really protesting Walmart?
Donald Trump Mocks A Disabled New York Times Reporter | RedState
Importing Terrorism and Other American Values | Human Events
Dr. Mark Skousen - When Will the Market Doomsayers and Permabears Be Right?
Media swarms on Trump, but where were they when Obama did this? [video]