MAZDA 323 Sedan

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MAZDA 323 Sedan 323  Sedan BG 1989 1991
1989 1991

Mazda introduced the sixth generation of its compact-segment contender, the 323, in a few body shapes.
The sedan was more family-oriented, and it was named Protege on the North American market.

The 1989 323 sedan might have looked like a facelifted version for the fifth generation, but it wasn’t. It was a complete evolution over its predecessor and an important step toward getting more traction on the European market. It shared some components with the European Ford Escort since Ford was a big stakeholder in Mazda. Depending on the engine version, it could have been fuel-efficient or quick on its feet. Or should we say wheels?

While other carmakers already started to round up their vehicles’ design, Mazda played the last card for a wedged-shaped vehicle. The straight lines and flat body panels of the 323 were similar to some of the ’80s European cars. Still, there was a shy tendency to soften the edges on the hood and the rear quarter panels.

Inside, the 323 featured the same plain design with straight lines like it was at the beginning of the ’80s. Depending on the version, Mazda offered the 323 with either bucket seats or with high-bolstered seats for the front passengers. There was not too much room in the rear, but two adults could fit well.

Under the hood, the Japanese carmaker installed a very wide choice of engines, from a frugal 1.3-liter to a performance 1.8-liter turbodiesel. Unlike its hatchbacks sibling, Mazda offered the sedan exclusively with a front-wheel-drive.

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