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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.

1870-1939

Look 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.
Mitsubishi Model-A

Mitsubishi Model-A

Look at 1940 onwards