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Mazda Familia (BF)
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Mazda Familia (BF)/Mazda Midge/Ford Laser/Ford Tonic. 1985–2003 (prod. n/a). 3-, 4- and 5-door sedan, 5-door wagon, 2-door convertible. F/F, F/A, 1071, 1296, 1324, 1490, 1498, 1587, 1597, 1998 cm³ petrol, 1720 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 1597 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Attractive and refined follow-up to successful BD version, also badge-engineered with minimal differences as sedan, wagon and convertible versions of Ford Laser (1985–9) (hatchbacks had different sheetmetal). Turbo 1·6 model thirsty. Exported to most markets as Mazda 323. Exported from South Africa briefly into Britain as Sao Penza in 1991. Renamed Mazda Midge in South Africa in 1994–9 as entry-level model and included 1·6- and 2·0-litre units from Capella. Later entry-level Ford Laser and Tonic in South Africa used same sheetmetal as Familia, rather than that of the 1980s’ Laser.

Manufacturing locations: Hiroshima, Japan, Hofu, Japan; Silverton, Pretoria, South Africa; Bogotá, Colombia

Marque: Mazda | Model: Mazda Familia | Predecessor: Mazda Familia (BD) | Successors: Mazda Familia (BG), Ford Ikon (C195), Mazda Familia (1994–9)


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