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A century of Mitsubishi automobiles

Where it all started

Our story began in 1870 with the founding of a shipping trading company by Yataro Iwasaki. In 1917, we produced our first passenger vehicle. Fifty years later in 1970, the automotive division was separated from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

In 2017, Mitsubishi automobiles celebrated its 100th year anniversary. Throughout all that time, Mitsubishi automobiles has contributed to the global community by developing new technologies and tackling new domains.

A history of the Mitsubishi trademark

The original Mitsubishi trademark was created in the early years of the Japanese Meiji period by the founder Yataro Iwasaki. The trademark is actually a combination of two family crests: the sangaibishi(three-tiered water chestnut leaves) of the Iwasaki family and the mitsuganshiwa (three oak leaves) of the Yamanouchi family, feudal lords of the Tosa clan.

The trademark then underwent several changes before taking its present form as the now famous symbol of Mitsubishi. The current version of the trademark first appeared in 1910 on an English version of a sales catalogue.

100 years of automotive experience

1917

We produce the Model-A, Japan's first series production passenger car.

1936

Production began of the PX-33, Japan's first 4WD diesel passenger car prototype.

1946

We began producing the Mizushima XTM1, a 0.4-ton capacity three-wheeler cargo carrier. Production continued right up until 1962.

1946

Production began of the Silver Pigeon C-10, Japan's first two-wheel scooter.

1946

The Leo was launched, a small three-wheel vehicle available in both truck and van styles.

1960

The Mitsubishi 500 was launched, the first compact four-wheel passenger car.

1961

The launch of the Mitsubishi 360, a light four-wheel passenger car powered by a fuel-sipping 359cc engine.

1962

The launch of the Colt 600, the first Mitsubishi model to bear the Colt name, and the Minica, the name for the micro-compact cars in this series.

1963

The launch of the Colt 1000, Mitsubishi's first mass-production 4-door sedan.

1965

This year saw the launch of the Colt 800, Japan's first fastback.

1966

The Colt 1000F and Colt 1100 go into production.

1968

The new Colt 1200 and the Colt 1500 go into production.

1968

We began producing the Delica, a cab-over-type commercial vehicle and the forerunner of the first generation of the Mitsubishi L300.

1969

The launch of the first in the Galant series, the Colt Galant.

1970

Production begins of the Colt Galant GTO-MI, -MII and -MR. This was the car that caused a sensation at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show.

1970

Production begins on the Colt Galant 2-Door Hardtop, Mitsubishi's first hardtop.

1970 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is established.

1973

The launch of the first of the Lancer series.

1973 - The Lancer 1600GSR debuts and reigns at the 8th Australian Southern Cross Rally with a 1-2-3-4 place sweep!

1973

We produce the second generation of the Galant.

1976

The third generation Galant goes into production.

Present

To be continued

Staying true to our design philosophy of honesty, robustness and Japanese craftsmanship, we'll continue to build impressive mobility solutions. Not just now, but for the future.

Note: Images and specifications are based on a typical model from the time.

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