Mazda G platform

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The Mazda G platform is an automobile platform for midsize cars. It has been used by a number of vehicles from Mazda and Ford Motor Company in Japan and abroad. Ford has adopted the GG version of this platform as its global CD3 platform.

Prior to 1981, Mazda coded the rear wheel drive Capella platform as "S1" in the VIN code. This chassis was dropped for the Capella, but retained (in a modified form) for the RX-7 as the Mazda F platform.


GC was Mazda's first front wheel drive midsize car platform. Available body styles were two-door coupé four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. The Ford Telstar version was called the TX5, there was no Telstar version of the coupé. Production was in Japan, with local assembly in Australia (as a Telstar only), New Zealand, and Taiwan. The model continued in production in South Africa until 1993.


The updated GD platform was introduced in 1987 in Japan and later elsewhere. It spawned a station wagon variant, the GV. Production in the United States was started at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

In New Zealand, the sedan version of the GD model continued to be assembled locally as the Ford Telstar Orion until 1997.


GV is a station wagon version of the GD platform. GV production continued well past its sibling, lasting until 1996.

In New Zealand, local assembly of the Ford Telstar sedan and wagon, and Mazda 626 wagon, continued until 1997, when Ford and Mazda closed their joint venture plant in Wiri, Auckland.


The Japan-market Mazda Capella never used the GE platform. Rather, a new model (the Mazda Cronos) was introduced alongside the Capella, which continued on with the GC platform until 1993 and was then moved to the CG platform for 1994 through 1997.

During this time, the Ford Telstar began to be phased out in favour of the European-sourced Mondeo, which was first introduced in Japan in 1994 and Australia in 1995. Both 626 and Telstar versions of the GE platform were assembled in New Zealand between 1992 and 1997, alongside versions of the previous models. In South Africa, the models were assembled between 1993 and 1998. The 626 replaced the local facelifted version of the aging GC model (thereby bringing the Mazda product line-up in South Africa back into line with those most other markets) while the Telstar version was introduced for the first time, replacing the Sierra.


The Capella and 626 were again reunited on the GF platform in 1997. An updated station wagon platform, the GW, was finally introduced as well. The Ford Telstar version was only sold in Japan, alongside the Mondeo, which had replaced the Telstar in other Asia Pacific markets, until it was dropped in 1999, along with other Mazda-based Fords like the Festiva and Laser.


GW is a station wagon version of the GF platform. It had skipped one generation (or two, if the CG Capella is included).


The new GG platform was used by Mazda's parent company, Ford, as the basis for its Ford CD3 platform.

Note that Mazda6 models assembled at the joint-venture AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and these do not follow Mazda's system of using the platform code as characters four and five of the VIN. American-built Mazda6s use the "1YV" prefix on the VIN.

The rear multi-link suspension is remarkably similar to the "E multi-link" found in the HC platform. Although also similar to Ford's own design, Mazda engineers said this is a revival of the "E multi-link".



GY is a station wagon version of the GG platform.

  • 2002–2005 Mazda Atenza Sport Wagon (station wagon)
  • 2002–2005 Mazda Mazda6 Wagon (station wagon)

See also