Today's edition of "Cars I didn't know were sold in Canada".

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The Mazda 323C, known in Canada as the 323 Neo. It was Mazda’s attempt at competing with the CRX, even if the CRX was discontinued three years before it was introduced.

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I quite like the weird kammback coupe hatch thing, it’s very much like a rounder CRX. Nobody bought them, because people either just bought the regular 323/Protege, or if they wanted a sporty small car they bought the MX-3 Precidia.

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That also brings me to the second weird thing about Mazda Canada in the 90s, every car for some strange reason had a subtitle, except the non-Neo 323/Protege and their trucks/vans.

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MX-3 - MX-3 Precidia

MX-5 - MX-5 Miata

MX-6 - MX-6 Mystere

626 - 626 Cronos

929 - 929 Serenia

323C - 323 Neo

Why did they do this? Like Chrysler replacing Dodge for a few years here, who the hell knows. It just happened.

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Other than the Neo we didn’t any cars specific to Canada, but Mazda just decided to do this. Everyone knows them by the alphanumeric except the MX-5 Miata, and I didn’t even know this was a thing until I looked at Wikipedia and noticed a bit about the 929 being called the 929 Serenia in Canada. I always knew about the Precidia, since the badge is quite prominent on the rear, but I never knew the name was Canada-specific or that other Mazdas also had subtitles.

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