Mitsubishi Motors stands as one of the best automotive brands when it comes to quality and value. The Mitsubishi brand was founded in 1870, but the marque didn’t get an automotive division until a century later. Even so, Mitsubishi’s history is unique in the industry.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries marked the founding of the brand with its launch in 1870. The company continued to develop over time, and 47 years later, the first vehicle began development. The Mitsubishi Model-A passenger car hit the market running in 1917. While sales weren’t extreme, the Model-A passenger car marked Mitsubishi’s foray into the automotive ring.
The Mitsubishi Model-A passenger car remained the brand’s only notable model for two full decades. It wasn’t until 1937 that the brand introduced its PX33 prototype. The model was a four-wheel drive passenger car designed for the military.
Mitsubishi continued to expand its horizons in the automotive industry following the passenger car and four-wheel drive military prototype. 1944 saw the development of the XTM1, a three-wheel cargo carrier and the Fuso bus resumed production thanks to increased demand.
In 1951, Mitsubishi began selling the Henry J passenger car. The model only saw a three-year production run, but it helped established the Japanese brand as a competitor in the automotive industry. The company continued to churn out a vehicle every few years until 1970.
That was when Mitsubishi Motors Corporation was officially established. The Mitsubishi Lancer launched in 1973 and made a name for itself as a sporty compact car. The Mitsubishi Galant saw a number of variants. By the end of 1979, more than a million Mitsubishi models had been produced.
While the Mitsubishi lineup continued to grow, the Galant remained a constant. It was voted the 1987-88 Japan Car of the Year, a major honor for the growing brand. Following the award, the Mitsubishi Eclipse began production in 1988.
The Mitsubishi brand has had a hand in the automotive industry since its early days, and it isn’t showing any signs of going away. Check out the latest Mitsubishi models at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.