Car reviews - Ford - Laser - LXi 5-dr hatch
The final Mazda 323-based Ford small car has space as well as refinement
29 Mar 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
DESPITE some earnest work on both front and rear ends, there is no questioning the Ford Laser's connection with the latest Mazda Astina. Inside, only the badges advise you which car you are driving. The Laser is a well-packaged car with peppy engines and an intriguing standard equipment choice - air-conditioning and driver's airbag are there but there are no power windows or mirrors, or central locking.
Model release date: 1 March 1999 to 1 August 2002
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Ford Laser KJ/KJII/KJIIIReleased: October 1994
Ended: March 1999
Family Tree: Laser
The front-drive, Mazda 323-based Laser once ruled the small car class. The move to full importation shifted Ford's focus away from the car as a volume seller. Three and 5-door hatch, and a 4-door sedan were offered. Two twin-cam 4-cylinder engines were available - a 1.6-litre and a 1.8-litre.
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