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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.

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