Here’s an interesting little video about the evolution of the Mazda Familia, now known as the Mazda 3. In it Mazda chassis engineer and former editor-in-chief of Sport Compact Car Dave Coleman describes the link between the Mazda GLC and the 2018 Mazda 3 hatchback. It started with the 1977 GLC, originally named the Familia in Japan and built on the first-gen RX-7 chassis.
The video is intended for the Japanese market, and so it’s notable that it includes cars like the North America-only Mazdaspeed Protege. However, the video also includes spins in cars like the rally homologated 323 GTX and newer Mazda 3 models. It might be a humble hatchback but as we’ve noted, the Familia is not without its competition pedigree.