Mazda Capella

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Mazda Capella

Mazda Capella

Assembly Japan: Hiroshima

Body and chassis

Mid-size (1988–2002)


Successor Mazda 6 (Atenza)

The Mazda Capella is a mid-size car that was manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation from 1970 to 2002. Sold in the Japanese domestic market under the Capella name, the vehicle was also commonly known in other major markets as the Mazda 626 . Mazda’s partner at the time, Ford Motor Company would also use the Capella platform to create the Ford Telstar and Ford Probe. 4,345,279 of the 626 and Ford Telstar models were sold worldwide.

SNA, S122A, CB12, CB1V (1970–1978) [ edit ]


Wheelbase 2,470#160;mm (97#160;in)

Length 4,150#160;mm (163#160;in) (1970–1974)

4,260#160;mm (168#160;in) (1974–1978)

Width 1,580#160;mm (62#160;in)

Mazda Capella

Height 1,375–1,430#160;mm (50–60#160;in)

The first Capella was introduced in 1970 and lasted until 1978. It was powered by a four-cylinder SOHC valve engine displacing 1.6#160;L (1586#160;cc). Bore is 78#160;mm and the stroke is 83#160;mm.

Output is 104#160;hp (77#160;kW) and 106#160;lb·ft (144#160;Nm). The first models all had rectangular headlights, while the rotary-engined models received round twin headlamps beginning in October 1971. From 1972 all models received the double headlamps.

The taillight design was changed repeatedly over the production run.

An optional Mazda Wankel engine was offered and known as the Mazda RX-2 outside Japan. In addition to the 1.6, a Capella 1500 was added in October 1970. The Capella received a fairly thorough facelift in February 1974.

This facelift included a restyled front end (lengthened by 110#160;mm) and a redesigned dashboard. This model received an optional 1.8 litre (1769#160;cc) engine for some markets and in Japan it was sold with the AP suffix, for Anti-Pollution. The 1500 was no longer available.

The facelift rotary version received the CB12S chassis code rather than S122A.

This generation was sold in export markets as the Mazda 616 in sedan and, for some markets, coupé configurations.

The RX-2 was assembled under contract in New Zealand from 1972 for Mazda New Zealand by Motor Industries International in Otahuhu, South Auckland. It was the first and only rotary-engined car ever to be assembled in the country and was made as both a sedan, with manual or automatic transmission and a manual-only coupé. The 616 was also built but was much less popular.

United States [ edit ]

The 616 was a major component of Mazda’s United States expansion in 1971, having been preceded by its rotary brother, the RX-2, the previous year. It featured the 1.6#160;L (1586#160;cc) engine, which was later used in the 808. The American Capella was updated and renamed the next year: the 1972 618 had a larger 1.8#160;L (1796#160;cc) VB engine which was only used in the US and not related to the similarly sized VC used in the rest of the world.

Lasting just one year, the 618 nameplate was not used again in the United States and the only federalized version of the Capella for 1973 was the RX-2.

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