Mitsubishi produced its first car in 1917, but its history goes back even further than that, as one of the premier shipbuilding companies in Japan in the early 20th century. Mitsubishi’s very first car, the Model A, was designed as a luxury car for government officials, and only 22 were made.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was temporarily a major producer of military aircraft and ships during the first and second World Wars, but after the wars ended, it immediately began making vehicles again. The company split and merged multiple times over the next couple of decades, finally branching off into Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in 1970.
Mitsubishi established itself early on as a versatile brand, winning the Macau Grand Prix and setting a track record in 1962, starting some of the earliest electric vehicle research in the early 1970s, and selling a family vehicle as its first American-sold car. Mitsubishi continued to innovate throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, introducing Silent Shaft technology, the world’s first Turbo Diesel engine, and the first Active Electronically Controlled Suspension.
Mitsubishi won a wide range of awards throughout the decades, like the Car of the Year Award in Japan in 1987 and the Motor Trend Import Car of the Year Award in 1989 for the Galant VR-4. The 1990s saw such innovations as the industry-first Traction Control System, iconic sports cars like the Eclipse and the 3000GT, and direct-injection technology.
Considering its winning racing history, decades upon decades of innovation, and commitment to eco-friendly design, Mitsubishi has always been one of the most forward-thinking automakers in the industry. To find out more about the history of Mitsubishi, give us a call at Pantili Mitsubishi.