Familias were built in Hiroshima, Japan, although they were also assembled in Taiwan, Malaysia, South Africa, Colombia and New Zealand. The Familia line was replaced by the Mazda Axela in 2004.
(This vehicle will be referred to as the “Familia” throughout this article for consistency.)
The first production Familia appeared in October 1963, and was a commercial two-door wagon called the Familia Van. It was joined in 1964 with a sedan, styled by Giugiaro, and was later sold in other markets as the 800. Both were powered by a 782cc aluminum inline 4 engine.
The Familia received a larger 985cc engine for 1965, and a coupé variant was introduced as well.
The new Familia appeared in 1967 with a 987cc engine. It was sold as the Mazda 1000 in some markets. It also formed the basis for the Mazda R100 rotary car. A larger 1169cc I4 engine came along later, becoming the Mazda 1200 for export.
The 1970 Familia featured a 1.3L TC engine and new styling. It was exported as the Mazda 1300 and Mazda 818.