IN trying to land Toyota-Mazda plant

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Anderson believes that rail access from California and to Washington State, as well as it's proximity to I-88 and I-39, and the Greater Rockford Airport could be the tipping point in bringing the plant, and 4000 jobs to Ogle County's largest city.

The 1.6-billion-U.S. dollar project has prompted fierce competition among US states, mainly in the Midwest and the South.

The team behind the megasite wants to transform the 1,500-acre property into a fully-fledged automobile manufacturing plant.

The automakers did not say where the plant will be built. Both factors were also key in recent decisions by Mercedes-Benz Vans and Volvo Cars to build manufacturing plants in the Charleston region, The Post and Courier reported.

North Carolina is one of 11 states on Toyota and Mazda's shortlist for possible places to operate an assembly plant in the United States, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The state Commerce Department said it is "unable to comment on projects we may or may not be actively working".

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"We understand the direction that we are getting from the administration and that is to build more in the USA", said Toyota North American Chief, Jim Lentz.

The planned plant would produce Toyota Corollas and Mazda crossovers.

Toyota chose to produce the Corolla in the USA rather than at its future plant under construction in Guanajuato, Mexico, which will manufacture the Tacoma.

The new technologies are said to include vehicle to vehicle communication and vehicle to infrastructure tech.

The two automobile manufacturers also revealed that they will be working together to build electric cars and this deal comes with 5 percent stake for Toyota in Mazda. "These technologies will allow the companies to respond quickly to regulations and market trends in each country". According to Bevin, he has a personal relationship with Toyota president Akio Toyoda.

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