Mazda's partnership with Ford has resulted in the sharing of this vehicle—the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger are essentially the same. In Australia and New Zealand, since the 1970s, the Ford Courier name is also used and the line continues today.
However, it should be borne in mind that the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger twins found inside North America are unrelated to the ones sold elsewhere. These are engineered by Mazda, whereas the North American models are developed by Ford. See Mazda B-Series for more information on the variations on the B-Series line.
The Mazda B-Series truck was introduced in Japan in August 1961 as the B1500/Proceed. It had a 1484 cc OHV water-cooled engine with wet sleeve cylinders which produced about 59hp (44kW). It presaged many of the compact pickups of today.
The 1966 B1500/Proceed continued with the same 1484 cc OHV I4, with minor changes in the cylinder head/valves and the use of a downdraft carburetor instead of a sidedraft unit as used on the 1961 to 1965 models. The UA engine now produced 73hp (54kW). The chassis, now called the BUD61, had a major facelift and changed to four headlights. It looked very similar in appearance to the B1600 that succeeded it in 1971.
The updated B-Series was launched in 1972 as the B1600. The engine was enlarged to 1.8L for 1977's B1800.
- 1972-1976 - 1.6L (1586cc) I4
- 1977-1979 - 1.8L (1796cc) 1800 I4
The 1978 B2000 used a 2.0 L F/MA engine. The 2.2L B2200 joined this truck in 1982.
- 1978-1984 - 2.0L (1970cc) F/MA I4
- 1985 - 2.0L (1998cc) FE I4
- 1982-1985 - 2.2L (2209cc) F2 I4
A new Proceed/B-Series was introduced in 1985 and was produced until 1991. A 4-speed automatic transmission was the primary choice, with a 5-speed manual transmission through 1989. Part-time four wheel drive was another option. The 2.6L Mitsubishi-powered B2600 was introduced in 1986. 1987 saw the Mazda I4 enlarged to 2.2L in the B2200, with the smaller engine phased out after that year. The Mitsubishi engine was gone for 1988, replaced by a new family of Mazda powerplants. A SUV/RV version of this generation was made as the Proceed Marvie, which was sold as the Ford Raider in Australia and New Zealand.