The History of Mitsubishi

100 Years of Mitsubishi

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.

Make These Safe Driving New Year’s Resolutions

 

2018 is here, so it’s time to start thinking about what positive changes you’re going to make in the New Year. In 2018, we’d love to see a reduction in the number of traffic accidents and injuries, so consider making some safer driving New Year’s resolutions.

Ignore Your Phone

One way to drive safer in 2018 is to make a commitment to not use your phone while you’re driving. iPhones now have a driving feature that allows you to turn off notifications and not access your phone when it senses you’re driving. You should turn the ringer off, zip your phone in your purse, do whatever it takes to avoid distracted driving and keep your eyes on the road.

Leave a Little Earlier

Five minutes is all you need to ensure that you won’t have to rush. Go the speed limit, or as close as you can while still going with the flow of traffic. Speeding is the cause of a third of all fatal car accidents. Think about how many lives we could save if we all committed to leaving five minutes earlier and driving a bit slower.

Slow Down

Slower driving goes hand-in-hand with being calmer and working on road rage. Be polite to other drivers, don’t tailgate, and always use your turn signal when you switch lanes or turn. Be a good example for your kids, who learn from everything you do!

For more safe driving tips to help you with your 2018 New Year’s resolutions, give us a call at Pantili Mitsubishi.