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The Mazda BJ (Ford KN/KQ)
323 Protegé Familia Astina Allegro Isamu MR-V Etude Laser Tierra Lynx.. a lot of names.

This car was (and still is) available everywhere and has a lot of fans all over the world but for most people who do not live in Northern America or Japan it is pretty hard to get any equipment or more detailed information about accessory for the car models at all because of Mazda's and Ford's horrible information policy.
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This is a private enthusiast website.
Visit the official Website
 
The very last Mazda Familia
Since this is from Japan, its original name is Mazda Familia, the production series code is "BJ".
The Mazda Familia was first built in 1963 and exported in 1976 under the name "323". That's when a major success story began.

The 1998+ BJ model was introduced on June 9th, 1998 as the "1999 model"*, the precise date of production must have been around June 1998 (due to the fact that the introduction of the S-VT engine and the C-BAL use for the BJ series were announced at the same time)
*Errata:
"The 1998+ BJ model went into production on September 29, 1998."
This is wrong (Obviously, since some cars were already in the sales rooms in August 1998).
Unfortunately a lot of websites (including the Wikipedia) copied this, I hereby apologise for publishing this wrong piece of information.

The last 2000+ BJ model (from the japanese production lines) rolled off the assembly line on October 2, 2003, including 1 major facelift and a few technical changes.
But even nowadays, the BJ is still available as the actual lower middle class model in some countries (2005 Isamu Genki in Taiwan or the 2006 Allegro in Colombia).
  The 1998 Mazda 323
mazda 323 1998
The 2000 Mazda 323
mazda 323 2000
The 2000 Ford Laser
Ford Laser KN
The 2003 Ford Tierra
Ford Laser KN
In 2004 the Mazda 3 ( "Axela") has taken the place of the BJ "Familia" in most parts of the world in order to line up with the Mazda 2, Mazda 6 and the RX8. The Mazda 3 / Axela is basically the 323 "successor" model, but with a new name.
(The Mazda3 series is more built on Ford parts and that's not after everyone's fancy.)
  The 2003 Mazda Axela
mazda axela 2003
 
The original Website
As a small highlight of this site, I proudly present you the original 1999 Mazda Familia Website.

Click on the Picture on the right to open a new screen.
(Proudly added in January 2006)
  mazda axela 2003
 
Mazda & Ford
collaboration since 1979
Mazda Motors derives from the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd, founded in Japan in 1920. Toyo Kogyo moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles, with the introduction of the Mazda Mazdago in 1931. The first four-wheel car, the Mazda R360 was introduced in 1960, followed by the Mazda Carol in 1962.

The Ford Motor Company has owned 25% of Mazda since 1979, and it was increased to a 33,4% controlling stake in 1996. Ford has based many of its models on Mazdas, such as the Probe, the (North American) Escort, and Mercury Tracer, Laser, Telstar, Festiva. Many new Ford models are based on Mazda designs and components as well, including the Escape, Focus, and Lincoln Zephyr.
  Mazda
Japanese headquarter
Often your national Mazda Company cannot tell you this or that... in this case you can send some fax or email to japan in order to receive proper answers:

Mazda Motor Co Ltd
Address: 3-1 Shinchi, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken, 735-0028
Tel: +81-3-82-282-1111
Fax: +81-3-82-287-5188
URL: www.mazda.co.jp