Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1981 Kia Master Brisa Pickup – A Unicorn Found In Chile

Maybe you’ve seen a Kiamaster Brisa pickup in your neck of the woods, but this is a new one for me. Not surprisingly, it’s essentially a Mazda Familia  B-1000 pickup license built by Kia between 1974 and 1981. It was exported to Columbia and Greece, according to Wikipedia, but RiveraNotario found this one still hard at work in Puerto Natales, Chile. He noted that “it’s one of my favorite spottings ever”.  I can see why; what are the odds of seeing one of these still on the road?

That looks…Familia. We didn’t get this generation Mazda pickup in the US. Kia also built Brisa sedans for some years until the military dictator Chun Doo-hwan decreed that Kia should only build light trucks, as part of his industry consolidation mandate.