The B Series is a line of pickup trucks produced by Mazda since 1961. Ever since its introduction, the B Series has always used the engine displacement to determine the model name. For example, the B1500 used a 1.5L engine. Mazda has always been committed to producing cars that combine performance and innovation at an affordable price, and the B series is a perfect example of that. Through this commitment, owners have also been able to keep their B series vehicles in great condition with the help of a Mazda B Series Service Manual.
The first generation B Series was introduced in Japan in the fall of 1961. This generation was made for four years and was offered with a 1.5L engine. A total of four different body styles were offered including a 2-door pickup, 2-door double cab pickup, 2-door double cab utility, and even a 2-door van which was shocking to Mazda owners. The layout was a front engine rear wheel drive vehicle.
The second generation B Series debuted in 1965 and was manufactured until 1977. The new B Series was given a more square bodywork and was lengthened compared to its predecessor. From 1974 until 1977 the world’s first and only rotary-powered pickup was manufactured under the B Series badge, available only in North America. Over the span of its production the second generation B Series engine displacement grew from 1.3 to 1.8L.
The third generation B Series was introduced to the world in 1977 and was sold for 8 years. The front engine rear wheel drive layout was kept from its predecessor. An upgraded suspension and interior appointments also improved the third generation B Series. The engine displacement for this generation ranged from 1.6 to 2.2L with transmission options including 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic.
The fourth generation B series debuted in 1985 and was manufactured until 1999. Small styling changes were accompanied by the introduction of a four-wheel drive version. While the traditional front wheel drive layout was still offered, Mazda chose to also offer a 4 door wagon variant as well. This generation would be the longest production run of the B Series. The fifth and final generation B Series started production in 1998. Both the front wheel and four wheel drive layouts were kept from the previous generation. A 5-speed manual transmission was offered in addition to the 4 and 5-speed transmissions.
The Mazda B Series was appreciated by truck enthusiasts because it was the first truck model that Mazda created. While the production wasn’t nearly as long as some of the other Mazda vehicles, owners still maintain their trucks to this day. By utilizing a Mazda B Series workshop manual, these trucks are able to remain in great shape.