The Mazda 323 was arguably the most important car the firm ever built. It was built between 1963 and 2003 and sold all over the world as a variety of vehicles including the Mazda Familia, Mazda Protégé, Kia Brisa, Mazda GLC, Mazda Vantrend, Ford Tonic, Sao Penza, Mazda Allegro and Ford Laser, among many others.
Over the years it has been available as a three-door hatchback, a five-door hatchback, a four-door saloon (or ‘sedan’), or a five-door estate (or wagon). There were front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options, and a massive range of petrol and diesel engines in sizes including 1.3-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre and 2-litre. There were manual and automatic gearboxes too.