Ford Laser
aka Lynx
Production 1981-2005
Class Small
Body Style 5 dr Hatchback
4 dr Sedan
Length 4470 mm
Width 1705 mm
Height 1420 mm
Wheelbase 2610 mm
Weight 1105 -1235 mm
Transmission 5 speed Manual, FWD
4 speed Automatic, FWD
Engine 1.6 litre DOHC Petrol Inline-4
1.8 litre DOHC Petrol Inline-4
Power 118 hp @ 5500 rpm
148 nm of torque @ 4000 rpm
Similar Mazda Familia
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

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Reliability Summary

Of the following Laser Models KA, KB, KC, KF, KG and KH had shown their reliability but however, particularly in earlier models, they start to age so caution is advised.

In the KJ Laser

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The safety ratings of the Ford Laser are rated by model years, the Australasian Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) and saftey features standard. (Any safety features with "optional" in brackets beside it are options).


UCSR Rating: 4 stars

  • Driver's Airbag
  • Adjustable steering column


UCSR Rating: 3 stars

  • Adjustable steering column
  • Dual Front Airbags (Optional)


UCSR Rating: 3 stars

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  • Crimson
  • Polar White
  • Amazon Green
  • Champagne
  • Twilight Blue
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Brown Metallic
  • Red
  • Black
  • Electric Blue
  • Dark Green Metallic
  • Verdant Green
  • Biscayne Blue

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There was no hybrid model available in any Laser model.

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"Buzzy engines, NVH needs improvement" - motioncars.com

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Sixth Generation: (KN,KQ) (1999–2002)[edit | edit source]

Fifth generation (KJ,KM)(1994–1999)[edit | edit source]

The new KJ Laser was based on the Mazda 323 imported from Japan and offered better reliability, build quality and affordability. Performances came from a 1.6 litre petrol 4 for economy or a more powerful 1.8 litre engine both channeling power to either a 5 speed Manual or an electronically controlled 4 speed Automatic driving the front wheels.

Both engines were double overhead camshafts with sequential fuel injection and a variable intake system which uses the long intake tract for producing more torque at lower revs and the shorter intake tract for producing peak power. Performance wise, the 1.6 litre engine produces 80 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 143 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The 1.8 litre engine produces 92 kW at 6000 rpm and 160 Nm at 4000 rpm.

The suspension used in the KJ Laser consists of MacPherson Struts front and rear with slightly higher spring and shock absorbers make the car a good handler. It also came with power steering and disc brakes in all wheels with a larger master cylinder for a more solid brake feel.

The sedan version bares little difference to the Mazda 323 Protegé but the hatchback versions (both 3 door and 5 door) are the most deceptive body styles. The hatchback is well recognised with a sloping back end but rear vision is compromised. The 3 door hatchback known as the Lynx is the most sporty model aimed at the youth market. It features alloy wheels, dual circular headlights, front foglamps, a slotted grille and the back of the tailgate is clearer (the rear number plate area is moved to the rear bumper). The 5 door hatchback is called the Liata.

The model starts with the LXi which came with a 4 speaker radio cassette stereo system, power steering, remote boot/hatch release, body coloured bumpers and grille and tilt only adjustable steering column. ABS, air conditioning, dual airbags and a 1.8 litre engine are options.

The Ghia adds 15 inch alloy wheels, remote central locking, intermittent wipers, power windows (front and rear) and velour. The Ghia also offered the same options as the LXi. It's powered by a 1.8 litre engine and the sedan remains auto only.

The Lynx packs all the features and includes more features such as 15 inch alloy wheels, ABS, dual airbags, fog lamps and rear spoiler and the Lynx is only offered in a manual.

This model Laser is loved for its reliability and economy.

Fourth generation (KF,KH)(1991–1994)[edit | edit source]

The KF (1991)/KH (1992-1994) Laser was the last Laser model to be produced in Australia when local production of the Laser ceased in 1995 due to the closure of Ford's plant in Homebush, Sydney. The KF/KH Laser was also the first model to differ in appearance to the Mazda 323 - the mechanicals being identical to that of the 7th Generation Mazda 323.

The car was available in a number of different versions and five different engines:

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