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.
1990-1999Look at the 2000s
|1990||The "Minica Toppo" is launched.
The "Diamante" is launched.
Operations of the football club are transferred from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
The "GTO" is launched(6G72 DOHC twin-turbo engine).
The Diamante and Sigma are voted '90-'91 Japan Car of the Year.
|1991||The "Pajero" is launched(Super-select 4WD, Multi-mode ABS).
4G15 MVV engine.
The Lancer Van electric vehicle.
The "RVR" is launched(Inner-rail sliding door).
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, the Dutch government and Volvo of Sweden conclude a joint passenger car production plan. Netherlands Car is established in the same year.
|1992||Pajeros finish first, second and third in the overall category of the Paris-Cape town rally.
The "Galant," "Eterna" and "Emeraude" are launched.
The first generation of the "Lancer Evolution" is launched.
The "Debonair" is launched.
INVECS 4-wheel multi-link suspension.
4G92 MIVEC engine.
Distance Warning System, Passenger airbag.
Football Club, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is established.
|1993||Power window with safety features.
Chrysler sells off its stock holdings of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
|1994||The "Libero EV" is launched for use at public offices and corporations.
The "Delica Spacegear" is launched.
The "FTO" is launched.
The "FTO" is voted '94-'95 Japan Car of the Year.
The "Pajero Mini" is launched.
|1995||Mass production of the "Carisma" starts at Netherlands Car.
Toyo Koki is renamed Pajero Manufacturing.
DSM is renamed to MMMA.
An advanced safety vehicle, the "Mitsubishi ASV" is developed.
MSC in Thailand unveils the "L200 Strada".
|1996||A research and development company is established in the United States.
The Tama Design Center is established.
The "Challenger" is launched.
The "Galant" and "Legnum" are launched.
Gasoline Deirect Injection Engine (GDI).
The "Carisma" manufactured at Netherlands Car is launched.
The "Galant" and "Legnum" are voted '96-'97 Japan Car of the Year.
Mitsubishi Motors Tokachi Proving Ground in Hokkaido is completed.
|1997||A joint venture is established for manufacturing engines in Shenyang, China.|
|1998||The "Pajero iO" is launched.
The "Mirage Dingo" is launched.
Special Edition of the Jeep is launched to commemorate the end of its production.
|1999||An electric vehicle (EV) runs 2000 km in 24 hours for a world record (Officially registered with Guinness Book of Records).|