The Mazda Familia was a series of small family cars produced by Mazda from 1964 until 2003 for global markets. It was also known as the Mazda 323 and Mazda Protegé during its various generations. The first generation Familia, styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, featured a 1.3-liter engine with 50 horsepower and a top speed of 87 mph. It was known for its reliable performance and comfortable ride.
The second generation Familia, launched in 1977, featured the same 1.3-liter engine but with an improved 77 horsepower rating and a top speed of 97 mph. It also had improved suspension tuning, larger brakes and lower gear ratios that gave it a sportier feel.
The third generation, released in 1984 and known as the 323/Protegé, featured an updated 1.5-liter engine with 94 horsepower and a top speed of 104 mph. It also had improved aerodynamics, which helped to reduce drag and improve fuel economy.
The fourth generation Familia (1989–1994) was powered by a 1.6-liter engine with 102 horsepower, and featured improved suspension and braking components.
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The Familia was a well-liked car both in Japan and abroad. It sold consistently well throughout its production run and in many markets around the world, with total lifetime sales reaching over 6 million units. The Familia may not have had the performance of other cars in its class, but it was reliable, fuel-efficient and relatively inexpensive. It was a dependable choice for those looking for an affordable and practical car for everyday use. The Mazda Familia is remembered as one of the most popular cars ever produced.