Mitsubishi 360

1961

Mitsubishi 360

The Mitsubishi 360 K-light van was developed as a trailblazer for Mitsubishi four-wheel K-cars. Targeting small and medium-size businesses, the new car was designed as a commercial vehicle for transporting small loads of goods, people and for communications. At the same time, with an eye on the growing popularity of passenger K-cars, the company chose a "wide, low and beautiful" styling theme as it aimed to develop an attractive vehicle which had a chic passenger car flavor to it. Designed with a frameless, lightweight and rigid body, the Mitsubishi 360 was powered by a 359cc 2-cylinder 2-stroke air-cooled engine designed especially for it mounted at the front and driving the rear wheels. Its styling gave it the lines of a passenger car and was offered in two body types: a panel van with blank windows and seating for two; and a light van with seating for four. Christened the Mitsubishi 360 this K-car light van was launched in April 1961 after being shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. In October of the same year the lineup was joined by a pickup model and in April 1962 by a deluxe specification light van. Production of all derivatives in the lineup totaled 54,000 units in the 1963 fiscal year as it garnered a 16 percent share of the market. Mitsubishi 360 established the market base for Mitsubishi Motors cars today.

Overall length 2995mm
Overall width 1295mm
Overall height 1400mm
Engine 359cc