Mazda RX 4, Luce Rotary: different names, same vehicle

Mazda RX 4, Luce Rotary: different names, same vehicle
Mazda RX 4, Luce Rotary: different names, same vehicle
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In Japan, the Mazda RX 4 was known as the Luce Rotary. However, despite the different names, the Mazda RX 4 and the Luce Rotary were still the same vehicle from Mazda Motor Corporation, whose headquarters are primarily in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Mazda RX 4 has had other contemporaries, peers, and companions that also come under the Mazda brand vehicle lineup. Each of its pairs has rotary feeding. Contemporaries of the Mazda RX 4 include the Mazda RX 2 and the Mazda RX 3. The former was actually based on the Mazda Capella, like the latter it was actually based on the Mazda Familia.

Comparing the Mazda RX 4 to the two vehicles, the Mazda RX4 2 and the Mazda RX 3, the Mazda RX 4 is still larger than both. Despite that, the Luce/929 chassis that the latter holds is the same one used by the other two vehicles. The Luce/929 chassis actually replaced the R130. This replacement was made in October 1972. Originally, the Mazda RX 4 was available as a hardtop coupe as well as a sedan. Come the year 1972, this vehicle brand was made available as a pickup truck. The station wagon was introduced to replace the Savanna Wagon.

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When it was first introduced, the Mazda RX 4 had a 120-horsepower 12A engine. However, later in 1974 this was replaced by the larger 13B engine. This was done for export purposes. This new engine gave the Mazda RX 4 a chance to be environmentally friendly, as Mazda called it the “AP” version. “AP” stood for “anti-pollution.” The vehicle also used an independent strut-type suspension at the front as well as a solid axle at the rear. Brake discs were mounted at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The vehicle had a curb weight that could reach 2,620 pounds.