History of Mitsubishi Motors
This section presents the history of Mitsubishi Motors from its beginning with the founding of Mitsubishi in 1870 to spinning off from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 1970, and developments right up to the present day.
1870-1939Look at 1940 onwards
|1870||Tsukumo Shokai separates from the Tosa Clan. Yataro Iwasaki is named company chief.|
|1873||Company name changed to Mitsubishi Shokai.|
|1885||Yanosuke Iwasaki becomes president.|
|1887||Purchase of Government-owned Nagasaki Shipyard.|
|1893||Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha is established. Hisaya Iwasaki becomes president.|
|1905||Kobe Mitsubishi Shipyard begins operations.|
|1914||The trade mark of Mitsubishi (three-diamond) is registered.|
|1916||Koyata Iwasaki becomes president.|
|1917||Mitsubishi Shipyard is established.
Start development of Model-A passenger car.
|1921||Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturing is established.|
|1932||The "Mitsubishi Fuso bus" is developed.|
|1934||Mitsubishi Shipyard is renamed Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries.|
|1937||A prototype of PX33 military-use 4WD passenger car is produced.|
|1938||Tamagawa kiki Manufacturing (Maruko plant) is established.|