In 1917 the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. presented the Mitsubishi Model A, the first series production automobile in Japan. A
completely hand-made seven-seater sedan based upon the Fiat Tipo 3, it was costly contrasted with American and European mass-produced rivals, and was discontinued after only 22 had been built in 1921.
The Mitsubishi Shipbuilding was united with the Mitsubishi Aircraft Co. in 1934, an organization founded in 1920 to fabricate aircraft engines and parts. The consolidated organization was called
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and was the biggest privately owned business in Japan. MHI focused on assembling aircraft, ships, railroad cars and hardware, however in 1937 manufactured the PX33, a protype vehicle for military use. It was the first Japanese-made passenger auto with full-time four-wheel drive, an innovation the organization would come back to nearly fifty years after the fact in its journey for
motorsport and sales success.
Historical Mitsubishi Vehicles
Mitsubishi Model A (1917-1921)
1917 Mitsubishi Model A
The Mitsubishi Model A is the only car built by the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company, a member of the Mitsubishi corporate group which would eventually evolve into Mitsubishi Motors, and the first series production automobile manufactured in Japan. It was the brainchild of Koyata Iwasaki, Mitsubishi's fourth president and the nephew of founder Yataro Iwasaki, who foresaw the vast potential of motorized vehicles and the role they would play in the economic development of Japan. Envisioned as a luxury vehicle for high echelon government officials and top executives, the Model A had to be reliable, comfortable and a showcase of Japanese craftsmanship.
Mitsubishi PX33 (1934)
1937 Mitsubishi PX33
The Mitsubishi PX33 is a prototype passenger car built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the company which would eventually sire Mitsubishi Motors. Commissioned for military use by the Japanese government in 1934, it was the first Japanese-built sedan to have full-time four-wheel drive, a technology the company would return to fifty years later in pursuit of motorsport success. Four working prototypes were built, and a version was in development using Mitsubishi's 6.7 litre, 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) 445AD powerplant, Japan's first direct injection diesel engine. However, the entire PX33 project was cancelled in 1937 after the government decided to prioritize Mitsubishi's manufacturing capabilities on commercial development of trucks and buses
Mitsubishi Full Size
Mitsubishi Debonair - 2 Generations (1964–1998)
The Mitsubishi Debonair was first introduced at the 10th All Japan Motor Show (later renamed the Tokyo Motor Show) October 1963. Its appearance at the time was described as "dignified". It was one of the first Japanese-built luxury sedans, using a 2.0 L six-cylinder motor, with exterior dimensions just under Japanese government regulations for vehicles classified as "compact" while offering a spacious interior.
At its introduction, it was regarded as a luxury Mitsubishi Colt 1000, as the Mitsubishi Galant would not be introduced until 1969, and was the largest sedan Mitsubishi had built to date. In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called the Galant Shop starting in 1969 with the introduction of the Mitsubishi Galant. At the time of the Debonair's
introduction, Mitsubishi had a market reputation of building small, economical
sedans, letting other manufacturers build larger, more expensive sedans. The
Debonair was seen as a special purpose vehicle, and not marketed towards the
general motoring public. it was replaced in 1999 with the Mitsubishi Proudia in an attempt to continue to offer a top-level luxury sedan.
Mitsubishi Diamante - 2 Generations (1990–2005)
1996 Mitsubishi Diamante
2000 Mitsubishi Diamante
2005 Mitsubishi Diamante
The Mitsubishi Diamante was manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors between 1990 and 2005.
The first series was a hardtop introduced to the public at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989. It went on sale in Japan exclusively in May 1990 and won that year's Japan Car of the Year award. It was created by splicing an extra 6.6 cm right down the middle of the Mitsubishi Galant, which itself had won the Japan Car of the Year award in 1987.
Mitsubishi Proudia - (1999–2016)
The Mitsubishi Proudia is a luxury car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors, positioned just below the flagship Mitsubishi Dignity limousine in the company's range. Its name is a portmanteau derived from the English word "proud", and "diamond" (referring to the company's logo),In Japan, it was sold in 2012 as a large luxury sedan exclusive to Japanese buyers, and was reintroduced 2012 to Japan based on the Nissan Fuga. It was sold at a specific retail chain called Galant Shop.
Mitsubishi Dignity - (1999–2016)
The entire Proudia/Dignity range was designed by Mitsubishi Motors and co-manufactured with Hyundai of South Korea, who marketed their own version as the
Hyundai Equus (from 1999 to 2009). The Dignity was introduced as a competitor to the Nissan President and Toyota Century as the top level flagship, however Mitsubishi chose to use a transversely installed engine with front wheel drive. A Dignity is used by Fumihito, Prince Akishino, the second son of Akihito the Emperor Emeritus of Japan.
Mitsubishi Magna - 3 Generations (1985–2005)
2005 Mitsubishi Outlander Phev
The Mitsubishi Magna is a mid-size car that was produced over three generations between 1985 and 2005 by Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL). Developed as a replacement for the Mitsubishi Sigma, each Magna generation derived from Japanese platforms re-engineered for the Australian market and conditions. Initially, Magna offered inline-four engines in a mid-size sedan package—a station wagon debuted in 1987. Over the years, each new series grew in size, and with the second generation of 1991, the range was bolstered by a luxury variant called Mitsubishi Verada and a V6 engine. The Magna/Verada became the first Australian-made vehicle to be exported worldwide in large numbers, predominantly as the Mitsubishi Diamante. The third and final iteration Magna/Verada launched in 1996, adding all-wheel-drive (AWD) from 2002, and receiving a substantial styling update in 2003. They were replaced by the Mitsubishi 380 in 2005.
Mitsubishi Henry J (1951-1954)
Henry J Woody
The Henry J was available in Japan from 1951 to 1954, through a licensing deal with East Japan Heavy-Industries, part of the Mitsubishi group.
Mitsubishi 500 (1960-1962)
1960 Mitsubishi 500
The Mitsubishi 500 was the first passenger car produced after the Second World War by Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries, Ltd, one of the companies which would become Mitsubishi Motors. It was built from 1960 until 1962 and formed the basis for Mitsubishi's next model, the Colt 600. It was exported in small numbers.
Mitsubishi Colt 600 (1962-1965)
1963 Mitsubishi Colt 600
The Mitsubishi Colt 600 is a five-seat, two-door passenger sedan produced by Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries, Ltd - one of the companies which would become Mitsubishi Motors. It was rear-engined and rear wheel drive, powered by an air-cooled 594 cc twin-cylinder OHV engine producing 25 PS (18 kW), and debuted in July 1962 as the successor to the company's Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe. The 600 was the first Mitsubishi to bear the "Colt" name. Top speed was 62 mph.
Mitsubishi manufactured the Galant from 1969 to 2012. The French name galant, signifies "chivalrous". There have been nine distinctive generations; total sales surpassed five million. It started as a compact sedan, however through the span of its life evolved into a mid-size auto. Initial production was in Japan, yet since 1994 it was assembled at the previous Diamond-Star Motors (DSM) factory in Normal, Illinois for the American market.
Mitsubishi Galant (1980–2012) Midsize
2017 Mitsubishi Galant
Mitsubishi's fourth iteration of the Galant debuted many new innovations for Mitsubishi. The car was sold as the Mitsubishi Galant in most export markets, although in both Australia and New Zealand it was known as the Mitsubishi Sigma. The fourth generation sedan and coupé were both slightly larger than the third generation cars. Additional emphasis was given to ergonomics, aerodynamics, and safety.
Mitsubishi Lancer - 9 Generations (1973-2017)
2019 Mitsubishi Lancer
The Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact car produced by Mitsubishi since 1973.
The Lancer has been marketed as the Colt Lancer, Dodge/Plymouth Colt, Chrysler Valiant Lancer, Chrysler Lancer, Eagle Summit, Hindustan Lancer, Soueast Lioncel, and Mitsubishi Mirage in various countries at different times, and has been sold as the Mitsubishi Galant Fortis in Japan since 2007. It has also been sold as Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis in Taiwan with a different facelift than the Galant Fortis. In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.
Between its introduction in 1973 and 2008, over six million units were sold. According to Mitsubishi, there were nine generations of development before the current model.
Mitsubishi ended production of the Lancer in August 2017 worldwide
Mitsubishi Mirage - 6 Generations (1978-present)
1980 Mitsubishi Mirage
2016 Mitsubishi Mirage
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage GT
2019 Mitsubishi Mirage
The subcompact Mitsubishi Mirage is a range of cars produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi from 1978 to 2003 and again since 2012. The hatchback models produced between 1978 and 2003 were classified as subcompact cars, while the sedan and station wagon models, marketed prominently as the Mitsubishi Lancer, were the compact offerings. The liftback introduced in 1988 complemented the sedan as an additional compact offering, and the coupé of 1991 fitted in with the subcompact range. The current Mirage model is a subcompact hatchback and sedan and it replaces the Mitsubishi Colt sold between 2002 and 2012.
Mitsubishi Eclipse - 4 Generations (1990–2011)
1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a sport compact car that was produced by Mitsubishi in four generations between 1989 and 2011. A convertible body style was added during the 1996 model year.
The first two generations (1G and 2G) share the automobile platform and parts with the rebadged
Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser captive imports. They were built during Mitsubishi Motors' close relationship with Chrysler Corporation. Their partnership was known as Diamond-Star Motors (DSM). In Japan, the first two generations were sold at a specific Japanese retail chain called Mitsubishi Car Plaza. The third generation (3G) shared a redesigned platform with the
Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus. During May 2005, the fourth, and final, generation (4G) Eclipse was introduced, replacing the Chrysler platform used in the first three generations with the PS platform.
Mitsubishi Sports Cars
Mitsubishi GTO / 3000GT (1990–2000)
1990 Mitsubishi GTO
1996 Dodge Stealth ES
1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT
1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT
2000 Mitsubishi 3000GT
The Mitsubishi GTO sports car was manufactured between 1990 and 2001. It was rebadged as the Mitsubishi 3000GT in most export markets. It was additionally imported and marketed by Chrysler as the
Dodge Stealth from the 1991 to 1996 model years with just minor detail/appearance differences; mechanically, the two autos were practically indistinguishable. The design was the result of a
collaboration with Chrysler and Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi SUVs, MPVs, Crossovers
Mitsubishi Pajero - 4 Generations (1982-present)
1982 Mitsubishi Pajero
2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS
2017 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
2018 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport VRX
2019 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
The initial generation was introduced in October 1981 at the Tokyo Motor Show, and was offered for sale in May 1982. At first, it was a three-door, short-wheelbase vehicle with a choice of metal or canvas top and three unique engine options, albeit more were gradually included, finishing with a 3.0-liter V6 as a top choice
The Mitsubishi Endeavor is a mid-size crossover SUV built by Mitsubishi Motors at their manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. Based on the PS platform, it was the first vehicle built under Mitsubishi's "Project America", a program aimed at introducing vehicles for North America without having to compromise to accommodate other export markets.
Its design origins can be traced back to the Mitsubishi SSU which debuted at the 1999 North American International Auto Show, although the Endeavor does not share the concept's mechanical underpinnings. The prototype was powered by a 305 hp (227 kW) version of the 6A13TT 2.5 liter twin-turbo V6, which directed the power to a full-time all wheel drive system through its INVECS-II five-speed semi-automatic transmission and AYC.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by Mitsubishi. It was originally known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek when it was introduced in Japan in 2001, and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle exhibited at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. It was sold at Mitsubishi Japan dealership chain called Car Plaza. The ASX (Active Sports Crossover) represented Mitsubishi's approach to the industry wide crossover SUV trend for retaining the all-season and off-road abilities offered by a high ground clearance and four-wheel drive, while still offering car-like levels of emissions, economy, and size.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a compact crossover SUV produced by Mitsubishi Motors since 2017. It was previewed by the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts, revealed in 2013 and 2015. The production version was first introduced at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. It slots between the RVR/ASX/Outlander Sport and Outlander in Mitsubishi's crossover lineup.
Mitsubishi RVR MPV - 3 Generations (1991-present)
1991 Mitsubishi RVR
2016 Mitsubishi RVR
2017 Mitsubishi RVR
2018 Mitsubishi RVR
2019 Mitsubishi RVR
The Mitsubishi RVR is a range of cars produced by Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi from 1991 to 2002 and from 2010 to present. The first two generations were classified as compact multi-purpose vehicles (MPV), whereas the model introduced in 2010 is a subcompact crossover SUV.
The RVR was Mitsubishi's Recreational Vehicle debut during the Japanese economic boom. The cars were sold at the Mitsubishi Japan dealership chain called Car Plaza. RVR is an acronym for "Recreation Vehicle Runner"
Mitsubishi Triton - 5 Generations (1978-present)
1979 Mitsubishi Triton L200
2016 Mitsubishi Triton
2017 Mitsubishi Triton
2018 Mitsubishi Triton
2019 Mitsubishi Triton
The Mitsubishi Triton is a compact pickup truck produced by Mitsubishi. In Japan it was originally known as the Mitsubishi Forte and from 1991 as the Strada. In the United States Chrysler Corporation sold captive imports as the
Dodge Ram 50 and Plymouth Arrow truck, and Mitsubishi marketed it as the Mitsubishi Mighty Max until 1996.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV - (BEV) (2009-present)
2009 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2018 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV (MiEV is an acronym for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) is a five-door hatchback electric car produced by Mitsubishi Motors, and is the electric version of the Mitsubishi i. Rebadged variants of the i-MiEV are also sold in Europe by PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) as the Peugeot iOn and
Citroën C-Zero. The i-MiEV is the world's first modern highway-capable mass production electric car.
Fleet and retail customer deliveries in the U.S. and Canada began in December 2011. The American-only version, called "i", is larger than the Japanese version and has several additional features.
According to the manufacturer, the i-MiEV all-electric range is 100 miles on the Japanese test cycle. The range for the 2012 model year American version is 62 miles on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) cycle.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (PHEV) (2012-present)
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Phev
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Phev
The Outlander PHEV has a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack capable of delivering an all-electric range of 32.5 miles under the New European Driving Cycle. Under the Japanese JC08 test the all-electric range is 37 miles, with a top speed of 75 mph. The battery pack is located in a dust- and waterproof encasement positioned beneath the passenger compartment subfloor and between the front and rear axles, with no intrusion into the passenger compartment. It consists of 80 cells configured in series. Mitsubishi's target was to achieve a combined fuel economy for Japan in "EV Drive" mode of about 157 miles per U.S. gallon (MPGe). Fuel economy in hybrid mode 44 mpg‑US
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