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Mazda Luce (HC)
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Mazda Luce (HCSS/HCEP/HCFS/HC3S). 1986–95 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan, 4-door hardtop sedan. F/R, 1308 cm³ (Wankel 2 × 654 cm³), 1998, 2184 cm³ (I4 OHC), 1997, 2954 cm³ (V6 OHC). Luce’s sharp angles give way to gentler curves, in line with international trends rather than following US ones, and reminiscent of period Mercedes-Benz saloons. Two body styles: a more upright sedan and a sleeker hardtop. New multi-link rear suspension and greater body rigidity. J-series V6s available, including a turbo 2·0, while the turbocharged rotary delivered 180 PS (hardtop only). Three-litre added 1987. Revisions in 1988, with minor specification changes in 1989. Viscous LSD added for one model in 1990. Private sales ended in 1991 in Japan, with only commercial (e.g. driving school and taxi) sales thereafter, ending in 1995 when the Luce no longer complied with safety rules on frontal and side-impact collisions, bringing the nameplate to an end. Exported as 929, the HC was also manufactured in Korea as the Kia Potentia.

Manufacturing location: Hiroshima, Japan

Marque: Mazda | Model: Mazda Luce | Predecessor: Mazda Luce (HB) | Successor: Mazda Sentia (HD)


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