History of Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Motors has a long history that dates back to 1870 in Japan.
1870. The Mitsubishi Motors that we know today got its start with Yataro Iwasaki named as company chief.
1873. Company name changed to Mitsubishi Shokai.
1914. The Mitsubishi logo with the three-diamond design is registered.
1917. Development begins for the Model-A passenger car.
1937. A prototype for a military-use 4WD passenger car called the PX33 is produced.
1946. The Mizushima three-wheel cargo carrier is produced.
1950. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries splits into three groups—Eat Japan Heavy Industries, Central Japan Heavy Industries, and West Japan Heavy Industries.
1953. Central Japan Heavy Industries begin knockdown assembly of the Jeep.
1960. The first compact four-wheel passenger car, the “Mitsubishi 500” makes its debut.
1962. The Colt 600 is launched and the Okazaki test track is completed.
1964. Mitsubishi starts to make its name in the racing world with the Colt 1000 winning a class title in the 2nd Japan Grand Prix Auto Races. This is also when all three Heavy Industries merge and establish Mitsubishi Motor Sales.
1971. Sales of the Dodge Colt start in North America.
1979. Mitsubishi Motors surpasses one million cars produced each year.
1981. Mitsubishi Motor Sales America is established.
1984. The Mitsubishi design center and test lab in Cypress, California is officially completed.
1992. The first generation of the iconic Lancer Evolution makes its debut.
1999. Mitsubishi produces an electric vehicle that runs from 2000 kilometers in 24 hours, setting a new world record.
2007. Mitsubishi continues its rally prowess with its 7th consecutive and 12th overall victory in the Dakar Rally.
2012. Mitsubishi launches the popular, compact, fuel-efficient Mirage.