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About Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Motor's automotive tradition goes back to 1917 when the Mitsubishi Model A, Japan's first series-production automobile, was introduced.
Over the next two decades the company established themselves as an innovator, developing, amongst others, Japan's first diesel engine, its first large-
sized bus (the start of the world famous Fuso commercial vehicle series), its first four-wheel drive passenger car prototype, and its first diesel-powered truck.

At the end of the Second World War Japan's large industrial groups were dismantled by order of the Allied powers and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was split
into three regional companies, each with an involvement in motor vehicle development.The country's major need at this time was for commercial vehicles, the
situation being further complicated during the first few years by a severe fuel shortage. In consequence 1946 saw the introduction of a bus which could be
run on either petrol or alternative fuels, and, in 1947, an electric bus; in the truck field the innovations continued with Japan's first truck to be equipped with
an air suspension system, as well as the first tilt-cab truck. Passenger vehicle production was confined primarily to Mitsubishi's first scooter.

By the beginning of the 1960s, however, Japan's economy was gearing up: wages were rising and the idea of family motoring was taking off. The Mitsubishi
500, a mass market saloon, fulfilled this need; followed, in 1962, by a four-seater micro-compact with a two-stroke air-cooled 359cc engine, the Minica - a
name which still lives today. The first Colt -a larger, more comfortable family car, not a predecessor of the modern Colt - was also introduced in the same year,
and the first Galant in 1969. This was a genuine pacesetter in the Japanese market, representing the best and latest in automotive technology and was to
sire a long and illustrious line with a string of motor sports honours and consumer awards to its name.


With similar growth in its commercial vehicle production it was decided that the company should create a
single operation to focus on the automotive industry and, in 1970, the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC)
was formed.

The 1970s saw the beginning of Mitsubishi's considerable international rallying success with Galants and
Lancers, demonstrating the qualities of performance and reliability for which they are known today.

By the end of the decade Mitsubishi vehicles were picking up honours both at home and abroad, including South Africa's 1977 "Car of the Year" (the Galant)
and 1979 "USA's Pick-up of the Year" (the L200). But this was just the start. In 1982 the Pajero/Montero was launched, a 4x4 which was quite different
from anything that had been seen before. Quite incredibly, just a few months later in the Paris-Dakar rally, it took honours in the Production Class and the
Marathon Class, as well as the Best Team award. Two years later it won outright and a legend was born. The Shogun became a global best-seller,
winning "4x4 of the Year" awards in Britain, France, Australia, Spain and West Germany. And it was not alone on the honours list - Galants, Colts, Lancers
and L200s were all being honoured worldwide.

Throughout the 1990s the Pajero/ Montero continued to dominate rally events like the Dakar, and Mitsubishi vehicles also began to make their mark on the
World Rally Championships. By the end of the century Tommi Makinen in a Lancer had won the Championship an historic four consecutive times whilst
Lancers totally dominated the Group N Championships - for vehicles which are basically showroom standard. Technologically this decade saw incredible
advances. In 1990 MMC introduced the world's first Traction Control System, followed by Super Select 4WD and Multi-mode ABS in 1991 and INVECS in 1992.
Commercial production of the Libero electric car began in 1994 whilst 1996 saw the development of the GDI engine. In terms of motor-sport, the strength
of Mitsubishi's 4x4 heritage was yet again demonstrated by a record breaking 12th victory in the 2007 Dakar rally - the seventh successive victory for the
Japanese manufacturer. Today, MMC has manufacturing facilities in over 30 countries and its sales and after-sales organization is present in more than 170
countries. As part of a global expansion programme, in 1998 Indian distribution was ensured with the formation of "The Chennai Car Plant", a technical
collaboration between the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Japan and Hindustan Motors Limited.