Toyota, Mazda Said to Narrow Choice to N. Carolina, Alabama

North Carolina states still in the running for Toyota Mazda plant	 	 	 		 A Toyota sign located at a dealership in Atlanta Georgia

Makers reportedly wanted $1B in incentives for new plant.

Though Detroit is known as the Motor City, that designation doesn't appear to be enough to entice Toyota and Mazda to build its new jointly owned plant in MI.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

Toyota confirmed in August that the plans for the $1.6 billion joint vehicle factory will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units and create around 4,000 jobs for the area that is chosen.

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Alabama is the other finalist. Until recently, other states still under consideration for the factory were Tennessee, Texas and SC.

Bloomberg has previously reported that the companies want a $1 billion incentive package.

While Toyota has facilities in Texas and Alabama, only Alabama survived the cut.

North Carolina has tried for years to land an auto plant, creating four "mega-sites" ready to accommodate a large manufacturing operation and expanding state incentive funds to provide more money to lure "transformative projects". MS was also seen as an early contender for the plant. Toyota plans to assemble the Corolla sedan at the plant, while Mazda said it will use the factory to produce new crossover vehicles for the US market. Toyota will began producing a new "two-box van" for sale by Mazda in Japan.

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