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1975 Mazda Roadpacer AP

The Mazda Roadpacer AP, with the 'AP' representing 'Anti-Pollution', was a full-size, front-engine sedan built between 1975 and 1977. Australian Holden HJ and HX series Premier models were shipped to Japan sans engine, and fitted with a 1.3-liter 13B Wankel engine, developing 130 horsepower and 102 lb-ft of torque. These Mazdas were built in cooperation with General Motors and the Australian subsidiary Holden.

The Roadpacer AP was built as a large and luxury sedan built to compete with other flagship vehicles in the Japanese home-market, including the Nissan President, Isuzu Statesman de Ville, Toyota Century, and the Mitsubishi Debonair. Production was limited adding to the vehicle's exclusivity, however, the Wankel engine was underpowered for such a stately (and heavy) automobile, especially compared with its Japanese V8 competitors. Rather than switching to conventional large-volume petrol engines, Mazda held firm to the tried-and-true rotary engines maintaining a turbine-like level of refinement.

The Mazda Roadpacer was fitted with a central locking system that activated when the vehicle achieved 10 km/h, a chime system that announced speeds of 90 km/h, a dictation system, and a stereo that was controllable from both the front and back seats.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2020

Concepts by Mazda

Mazda Monthly Sales Volume

June 2020
25,326
May 2020
24,933
April 2020
10,940
March 2020
15,664
February 2020
28,385
January 2020
23,621
December 2019
26,491
November 2019
24,374
October 2019
19,520
September 2019
18,838
August 2019
27,482
July 2019
23,292
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Mazda
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)736,544
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)647,001
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)75,309
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)498,691
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)446,618
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)387,411
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)378,928
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)465,734
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)379,703
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)

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