Mazda 323 BD Familia | Unique Cars and Parts

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Mazda 323

4th Generation Mazda 323

Mazda’s Front Wheel Drive

4th generation 323, the BD, was released on 10, 1980. It came hot on the heels of investing $A471 million at Hiroshima plant during / 1980 – which had the company with huge term debt, which prevented the company from the Japanese rush into US That debt opened the to Ford, who took a 25 per cent in Toyo Kogyo, for a seeming basement price of only million.

Ford assisted with the 323’s development, first front-engine, front-wheel subcompact car, and the first wheel drive vehicle Mazda since the R130. The new E engine-series, losely based on the PC/TC/UC series, was developed for the BD and was offered in three different The smallest 1.1-litre E1 unit was for certain export markets the tax structures suited it.

Chassis codes were depending on the engine installed.

The styled body came in and five door hatchback and a three box-four door which landed in January The aforementioned OHC E series engines sat the car with the exhaust pipes and the carburettor at the back. The distributor was directly from the camshaft and out from the side of the cam cover in a accessible spot.

The gearbox was on the left hand of the engine (as you look from the seat) with the final poking out behind. This the right hand drive much longer than the MacPherson struts and a lower kept the front wheels in and a positive rack and pinion took care of the steering.

At the Mazda has came up with a solution to the problem of wheels out on bumps or when cornering

A pair of unequal length reached out to the hub from a cross making a four sided with the hub at one end and the cross member at the With movement possible at corner of this construction, the end was that the rear wheels pointed … ahead of the forces acting on them. links helped stabilise the affair and more MacPherson did the springing-damping.

All models had a rear anti-roll bar but the 1500 was fitted with a one.

The Mazda worked long and hard to get first front drive aiming at avoiding the traditional of understeer and trying to get the car to handle so that when it let go, both went at once. They got it with Wheels magazine it the gong for Car of the Year in 1980. For the market two top end models were the 2-door Familia XGI with a cc single cam, multi-point engine and an XGI Turbo R with a added.

Its twin the Ford Laser S also offered with the specifications but in limited numbers. outputs in the Japanese market considerably higher, presumably due to the of the JIS standard rather than

This Familia made a comeback for Mazda in the Japanese even outselling the Toyota on several occasions. The four-door was equipped with a reverse-rake grille and lights in the Japanese to make it appear more The same front design was for the GA/GB Ford Meteor.

The wagon version was unfortunately a facelifted version of the previous model (fitted with the headlights and grille from the new and was sold in parallel with the BD. The was available with either or five doors and was equipped with the old 1272 cc TC engine or the cc UC.

The 1.4 was replaced from 1983 the newly developed 1490cc E5 The 1.3 produces 60 PS (44 kW) while the larger offered 70 PS (51 kW). The equivalent GLC appeared in 1981.

It was only with a single engine 2 barrel 1.5 L) and lasted through after which it was replaced by the Mazda 323 and the GLC nameplate was retired. It was the front-wheel drive Mazda using the GLC name.

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