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1994 Mazda 323 Protege 4-dr sedan Car Review


MAZDA'S profit-obliterating proliferation of models reached its zenith with the Mk5 BA 323, which included two sedan variations (Protégé 4-door sedan and Astina 4-door Hardtop), a pretty 5-door Astina hatchback, and four engines – including the 64kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit powering the popular Protege sedan.

And while refinement, features and handling improved, Astina buyers had less headroom to enjoy – a corollary of the model’s sporty aspirations.

From December '96 there was a facelifted range with slight trim changes and the added safety of a driver’s airbag.

After this model Mazda was pared right back by major shareholder Ford.

The subsequent BJ 323 from late '98 was based on a shortened GF 626 platform, making the BA Protege here the last true small 323 sedan...

Model release dates: July 1994 - October 1998

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