mitsubishi-logoMitsubishi – one of the largest Japanese corporations, specializing in the production of cars. Branch “Mitsubishi Motors”, headquartered in Tokyo, is part of the department of heavy industry (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries). Company was founded by Yataro Iwasaki in 1873 originally as a shipbuilding and ship-repair company, during the life of its founder, to extend the scope of their interests on various technical innovations of the time. In 1875, after several changes of names it was called Mitsubishi Mail Steamship Company – appeared as the father of all modern companies Mitsubishi. The first cars “Mitsubishi Motors ” model A» (1917), is reminiscent of Ford cars. In 1921, their release has been discontinued, as in Japan, the demand for cars was small. From 1924 begins production of heavy heavy trucks, buses with brand Fuso. For the purposes of Tokyo produced garbage and watering machine. In 1935 there was made Japan’s first bus with a diesel engine. After the destruction caused by World War II, “Mitsubishi” made motor scooters and tricycles commercials vehicles, and buses have appeared again in 1946, and in 1947 – with an electric motor. By the end of 1945 Mitsubishi addition to shipping engaged in shipbuilding, banking, transportation, mining, real estate, chemical produc and many, many others. In 1946 he appeared “Mizushima” – a small, reliable and inexpensive three-wheeled vehicle that is ideal for the transport of people and goods over short distances in the postwar period. Soon the car began to establish a closed cabin for two people. The same was the year of birth of the first scooter Mitsubishi – “Silver Pigeon.” Again, the emphasis was on practicality and economy, but with a historical perspective we can say that “Silver Pigeon” was at the beginning of the boom of private cars in Japan. In 1951, the company produces T31 truck with air suspension and T380 was the first Japanese truck with flip-up platform. Trucks and pickups “Mitsubishi” are issued in full scale, but on the European market come only light and medium trucks. The most common pickup «L200» perfectly copes with bad roads. In the postwar period, production of cars began in 1960 with the massive sedan “Mitsubishi 500”. In 1962 he appeared Minica – the first 4-seater first compact class. Built on the chassis Mitsubishi 360 (1960 g.) Minica was equipped with a two-stroke air-cooled engine and a working volume of 359 cc, which allowed it be categorized as the least taxed. Colt 600 – a larger and more comfortable family car (modern Solt positioned in another class), production of which began in 1962. In 1965, there is Mitsubishi Colt 800 – Japan’s first car with a layout “fastback”. In 1969, Mitsubishi entered the market of cars of a higher class. Colt Galant sedan was the progenitor of a whole family of high-quality and prestigious cars that have won numerous victories in rally competitions and have received many prizes “Car of the Year” for high consumer qualities. Among the distinctive features of the Galant was first Aerodynamic “wedge” shape of the body, to create additional downforce and engine series Saturn c overhead camshaft and aluminum cylinder head. Thus Galant 1969 embodied the best modern design and technology of its time, was the progenitor of a whole segment of the automotive market in Japan. By the end of the 60s Mitsubishi gaining a reputation for producing high-quality vehicles with a broad model range, which is actively developing and implementing the latest technologies and developments in the automotive industry. In 1970, the automotive branch of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. It becomes independent and receives the name of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). In 1972 Galant 16GLS wins the overall classification seventh Rally Southern Cross. The following year in the same competition wins Lancer 1600GSR (by the way a few months later begins series production cars of family Lancer). At the end of desyateletiya magazine Motor Fan awards the car Mitsubishi Colt 1400 GLX title “Car of the Year” in Japan, and the magazine Pickup, Van & 4WD Mitsubhshi L200 awarded the title of “USA’s Pickup of the Year”. From 1983 cars “Mitsubishi” equipped with electronic suspension system. In 1982 is released “Mitsubishi Pajero», (Pajero), popular urban SUV, in 2000 the European market launched its 5-door version. Pajero was awarded many prizes in many countries of the world. In 1986, the Pajero SUV called in the UK (UK’s What Car). Mini-van Mitsubishi Space Runner/RVR was introduced in 1983. In May 1991, a new generation. In autumn 1991 the car shown in Europe under the name Space Runner. In 1984 Mitsubishi Galant won the prize of the German “Das Goldene Lenkrad” (Golden Steering Wheel). In 1989 Tokyo was presented a sports car 3000GT/GTO as a prototype HSX. Serial production model began in autumn 1990. In 1995 released a convertible. The car is similar to the model Dodge Stealth. In autumn 1991 was presented the new generation of models. Since May 1992 issued wagon Libero. In January 1995, demonstrated the modification of the GSR Evo III with engine capacity of 270 liters. from. In autumn 1995, a new generation. In 1999 I went on sale wheel drive version Lancer GSR Evolution VI. In autumn 1991 the European market received a model Space Wagon/Grandis. A new generation was presented in Tokyo in October 1997, in Europe – in 1998. Mitsubishi Eclipce, powerful sports car Golf-class was first introduced in January 1994. In 1996 there was an updated model. Space Gear (Delica – the name of the car for the Japanese market), a minivan based on the model Pajero, was first presented in May 1994. Modification of the terrain – Space Gear 4WD – constructed on the chassis of an SUV. In 1995, Mitsubishi produced its first car in Europe from the conveyor Nedcar plant in the Netherlands – a joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors, Volvo and the Government of the first car coming off Gollandii- Sarisma. In 1996, it begins production sedan and wagon Sigma in Australia and L200 pick-up truck in Thailand. In 1996, it developed a revolutionary engine Mitsubishi GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) – the first mass engine with direct fuel injection into the cylinders, which combines efficiency, approaching to a diesel engine and gasoline engine power. By the end of 1997, Mitsubishi GDI engine was installed in cars Galant, Pajero, Diamante, Challenger (Montero Sport), Chariot (Space Wagon), RVR (Space Runner) for the domestic market of Japan and Carisma for the European market. Mini-van Space Star, was first introduced in the autumn of 1998. The model is produced in a joint venture with Volvo in the Netherlands, and is intended for sale on the European market. Model Mitsubishi Colt 2001 model year, is offered in three trim levels: Base, Comfort and Elegance. The new generation of pickups L200 was introduced in 2000.

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