Great Cars of Mazda

Great Cars of Mazda

Cars of distinction that defined an era
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The Familia Series Part 4 (6th – 9th generation)

The 6th generation Familia debuted in January 1985. It was developed to be a “global, high quality family car.” This generation of Familia was given sporty and distinctive styling based around a trapezoid shape, and achieved world-class aerodynamics with its smooth ‘flush surfaces’ design. The new model was also engineered with a highly rigid body, and because this was unusual in the car industry at that time, the Familia model gained recognition around the world.


The Savanna RX-7 Part 2 (2nd and 3rd generation models)

The development team wanted to build a sports car to surpass Porsche. They aimed for "the perfect sports car that exists within everyone's heart — a sports car for a liberated adult." It reflected the climate of the day that valued emotional satisfaction as well as material pleasures, while responding to demand from more mature drivers for comfort as well as style and performance.


The Capella Part 2 (4th and 5th generation models

The fourth-generation Capella was launched in September 1982. Breaking away from its front-engine rear-wheel drive (FR) predecessors, the fourth-generation model was released with a new front-engine front-wheel drive (FF) platform.


Familia Series Part 3 (5th Generation model)

Mazda launched the fifth-generation Familia 1300/1500 in 1980. The hatchback went on sale in June, followed by the sedan in September.


The Savanna (First generation Savanna to Savanna RX-7)

Launched in September 1971, the Mazda Savanna was powered by the 10A rotary engine and came in two body styles: coupe and sedan. Named after the world’s first steamboat and nuclearpowered ship, the Savanna conjured up a powerful image of big game roaming across the wild beauty of the African plains. In its first month alone, the Savanna sold 5,406 units.


Capella Series part 1  (1st to 3rd generation models)

Mazda launched the first generation Capella, a sporty saloon, in May 1970.
It was available in two configurations-a two-door coupe and four-door sedan. It also had two engine options-the newly developed 12A dualrotor rotary engine and a 1600 cc reciprocating engine.


Familia Series Part 2 (2nd to 4th generation models)

The Familia, which debuted as a genuine family car in 1963, underwent its first full redesign in 1967, when it was given a modern oval body shape.



Launch of the multi-purpose Bongo

On hearing the word "Bongo" many people, even those unfamiliar with Mazda, will immediately bring to mind a box-style vehicle. The Bongo-the first cab-over one box van with the engine located under the floor, which became synonymous with the one-box car-was launched 41 years ago.


Launch of Luce:leading light of Mazda's innovation

Mazda, which launched its first passenger car, the R360 coupe, on the market in 1960, introduced the Carol in 1962 and Familia (Mazda323) in 1964, and steadily developed models from this base thereafter.



Mazda's Minibus:From Light Bus to Parkway 26

Mazda sold its first bus in February 1960. It was a 13-seat minibus based on the D1500, Mazda's cab-over semi style compact truck that was sold to the Japan Defence Agency.



the Mazda 110S Edition:Traditional sports car

The Mazda 110S - the world's first volume production sports car powered by a rotary engine - was unveiled to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1963. When the president of Mazda, Tsuneji Matsuda, drove the prototype at the show venue it was a surprise to everyone.


Launch of the Familia:Starting life as a van

The celebrated Familia was designed to cater to family outings. It began life as a modern van and went on to transform the image of commercial vehicles.



Mazda's Four-wheeled Trucks: From Rompa to BT-50

The proportion of three-wheeled trucks that contributed to Japan's recovery after the war peaked at 72 percent of overall truck production in 1953.



The Mazda Carol 360 broke the mold of the minicar

Following the huge success of the R360 coupe, on February 23, 1962, Mazda brought out a completely new minicar named after the carol (a joyful song). This was the Carol 360, a car that Mazda developed alongside the prototype Mazda 700 that was unveiled at the 1961 Tokyo Motor Show.


The R360 Coupe: Mazda's first passenger car

Mazda launched its first passenger car, the R360 coupe, throughout Japan on May 28, 1960. The launch coincided with a period of improved income levels and changing lifestyles, and the beginning of the boom in demand for car ownership in Japan.


The origin of Mazda vehicle: the Mazda GO 3-wheel truck

Mazda's history as an automaker began in 1931 with the unveiling of a 3-wheel truck known as the Mazda-Go DA Type. The company was aiming for class-leading performance and maximum loading capacity, domestic production of various parts including the engine, and the setting up of a consistent volume production system. The engine was built in-house and had a transmission with a reverse gear,a rear differential and other components patented by Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. (predecessor of Mazda Motor Corporation). The introduction of Mazda-Go was a pivotal moment in the history of Japan's 3-wheel truck market.