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Mazda 929

LA4 929L

Mazda logo1 Jun 1978

Bigger, roomier and very American looking with its ugly stacked headlights, protruding grille and bulky square styling, the 929L marched upmarket.

New coil-spring rear suspension meant that the handling and ride improved markedly, while the interior was surprisingly European in flavour. The engine grew to a 64kW 2.0L unit, the 3-speed auto and 4-speed manual gearboxes were carried over, and equipment levels rose.

The coupe disappeared, while a new wagon from May ’79 proved popular. In February ’80 a comprehensive upgrade saw a Mercedes-like nose cone, new taillights, better handling, more features and new interior trim.

And in the usual Mazda fashion, the wagon lived on – with a new grille, upgraded equipment levels, a revised 61kW 2.0L engine and 5-speed manual gearbox option from February ’82 – through to the following HB 929 generation’s demise in the middle of ’87.

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