Capella / 626
The Mazda 626 also known as the Mazda Capella in Japan is a midsize car produced from 1970-2002. Designed to compete with the Nissan Bluebird and Honda Accord the Mazda 626 became one of the brandís most internationally recognized models which owners have been able to maintain with the help of the Mazda 626 repair manual.
The first Mazda 626 made for international export arrived in 1978. A two-door coupe and a four-door sedan model were produced both fitted with a front engine rear wheel drive layout. Engine displacements options were 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0L. Transmission options of 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual, and a 3 speed automatic were all available.
The next generation 626 arrived in 1982 receiving many accolades including Import Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine, Car of the Year Japan, Car of the Year by Wheels magazine. Unlike its predecessor, the new 626 was produced with a front engine front wheel drive layout. Also different than its forerunner the new 626 added a 5 door hatchback model to its lineup. The suspension was upgraded as well now completely independent. Engine displacement was kept the same as the previous generation, however, both diesel and turbocharged gasoline engine variant were offered.
Transmission options were kept simple with 3-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic, and 5-speed manual transmissions produced.
In 1987, Mazda introduced the next generation 626 which included several changes to the model. In addition to minor exterior changes, the new 626 was produced with a four-wheel drive option for the first time. Three different body styles were made for this generation including a 2 door coupe, 4 door sedan, 5 door hatchback, 5 door station wagon. Once again, the options for engine displacement remained 1.6, 1.8, or 2.0L. Transmission options were as follows; 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.
The next generation 626 was manufactured from 1991 until 1997. A smoother more modern exterior was paired with an updated interior for this generation of the 626. Overall, the engine displacement was increased to a maximum of 2.5 and included a V6 option. The last and final generation 626 was manufactured from 1997 until 2002.
Mazdaís 626 model was quite a hit all over the world and rightly so. This internationally recognized sedan can still be found among proud Mazda owners. Through the use of a Mazda 626 service manual, owners can keep these vehicles in shape.