Presented here is Mitsubishi’s journey in the
automobile industry since the company’ establishment.
Presented here is Mitsubishi’s journey in the
automobile industry since the company’ establishment.
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Tsukumo Shokai (later Mitsukawa Shokai) was founded by the Tosa Clan, positioning Yataro Iwasaki as the manager.
Yataro Iwasaki changed the company’s name from Mitsukawa Shokai to Mitsubishi Shokai, and became the company’s president.
Mitsubishi Shokai changed its name to Mitsubishi Kisen Kaisha.
Mitsubishi Kisen Kaisha changed its name to Yubin Kisen Mitsubishi Kaisha.
Yanosuke Iwasaki founded Mitsubishi Sha (later Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha), and became the company’s president.
Hisaya Iwasaki became president of Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha.
Mitsubishi registered its trademark (the three-diamond symbol).
Koyata Iwasaki became president of Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha.
The Shipbuilding Division of Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha becomes the independent company Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.(later Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.)
Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Engine Mfg. Co., Ltd. established Nagoya Plant.
Mizushima Aircraft Plant (currently Mizushima Plant) established by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Kyoto Kiki Seisakusho (currently Kyoto Plant - Kyoto) established by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Established a truck and bus distributor, Fuso Motors Sales Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. split into 3 companies.
Companies including the three Mitsubishi Heavy Industries companies moved their headquarters to Marunouchi in Chiyoda City, and began to use Mitsubishi’s corporate name and its three-diamond symbol again.
Established Ryowa Motor Sales Company (later Shin Mitsubishi Motor Sales Company) as a distributor for domestically manufactured jeeps.
Okazaki Test Course completed at Nagoya Plant.
The three Mitsubishi Heavy Industries companies merged to form the new Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Established Mitsubishi Motor Sales Company.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. acquired shares in UDMI of Thailand.
Dealers nationwide were crowned with the title of “Mitsubishi Motor Sales” in their corporate names.
Production of jeeps fully outsourced to Toyo Koki Co., Ltd. (currently Pajero Manufacturing Co., Ltd.)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. completed the construction of the main building of Mitsubishi Kyoto Hospital.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. set up the division for its automobile business.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. moved the division for its automobile business to Shiba, Minato City.
Launched the production of 4G3 model (Saturn Engine).
Automotive research and development center was set up in Nagoya plant.
The soccer team of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. won the Japan Soccer League for the first time.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation was founded.
Concluded an agreement with CMC to provide assistance on enhancing domestic production in Taiwan.
100th anniversary of Mitsubishi Group.
10 Minica Van EVs were delivered to Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Launched the production of 4G4 model (Neptune Engine).
Entered into equity alliance with Chrysler.
The soccer team of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. won the Emperor’s Cup JFA Japan Football Championship for the first time.
Kyoto Plant Rugby Team won the 24th Japan Company Rugby Football Championship for the first time.
Mitsubishi Rented Car Corporation (later Mitsubishi Auto Leasing Corporation) was founded.
Acquired shares in CPC of the Philippines.
Kawasaki Baseball Team entered the 43rd Intercity Baseball Tournament and came second.
Launched the production of 4G5 model (Astron Engine).
Founded ATC in the Philippines.
Founded MKM in Indonesia.
Concluded an agreement to provide technical assistance for the 4G36 model engine to Hyundai Motor Company.
Acquired shares in SMC of Thailand.
Established Meiko Motor Pool in Nagoya port in Aichi Prefecture.
The “silent shaft” system won the Technological Development Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc.
Kyoto Plant Rugby Team won again in the 28th Japan Company Rugby Football Championship.
Began using the MM symbol for the front emblem.
Introduced the MCA-Jet system engine.
Launched the production of 4G1 model (Orion Engine).
Hosted Mitsubishi Galant Tournament.
Founded Japan Automotive Engineering Co., Ltd.(currently Mitsubishi Automotive Engineering Co.,Ltd.)
Established Nagoya plant - Okazaki (currently Okazaki Plant - Okazaki).
Hosted the Mirage Bowl.
Created 2 channels of domestic distributors.
The soccer team of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. won three titles for the first time ever.
Acquired shares in CAL of Australia.
Established Gamagori Motor Pool in Gamagori port in Aichi Prefecture.
Launched the production of 4G6 model (Sirius Engine).
Established Kyoto Plant - Shiga.
Offered the “silent shaft” technology to Porsche.
Established Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. (MMSA) in the US.
Introduced the variable displacement engine “MD”.
Began using the MMC symbol for the front emblem.
Acquired shares in Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea.
Established PROTON in Malaysia.
Established Ralliart, Inc.
Integrated Mitsubishi Motor Sales Company.
Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) won the Technological Development Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc.
Established the brand message: Ii-machi, Ii-hito, Ii-kuruma (“Great Town, Great People, Great Cars”)
Established DSM (later Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc., or MMMA) in the US.
Launched the production of 6G7 model engine.
Acquired shares in CMC of Taiwan.
Established PAMCOR (currently MMPC) in the Philippines.
Electronically controlled power steering “EPS” won the Technological Development Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc.
Established Suiryo Service Co., Ltd.
Introduced active electronically controlled suspension, “Active ECS”.
Mizushima plant achieved production of a cumulative total of 10 million units.
Established property management companies at each plamts.
Established Mitsubishi Auto Credit-Lease Corporation.
Offered the “silent shaft” technology to Volvo.
Shares listed on First Section of stock exchanges.
Established Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. (MME) in the Netherlands.
Offered the “silent shaft” technology to SAAB.
Introduced a flexible hours schedule called “flex time”.
Conducted the first ever capital increase through public stock offering since being listed.
Introduced traction control system “TCL”.
Introduced Mitsubishi intelligent cockpit system “MICS”.
The soccer team of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (later Urawa Red Diamonds) launched its activities.
Changed the name of Shinryo Automotive Service Co., Ltd. to Mitsubishi Automotive Techno-Service Co., Ltd.
Launched the production of 4G9 model engine.
Introduced the Caregiver Leave System.
Launched the production of 6A1 model engine.
Issued unsecured bonds with warrants.
Changed the name of Daiya Automotive Transportation Co., Ltd. to Mitsubishi Automotive Logistics Co., Ltd.
Hosted Star Camp.
Introduced vertical vortex lean-burn engine, “MVV”.
Established Netherlands Car in the Netherlands.
Introduced Senior Reemployment System (Senior System).
Introduced active safety system “INVECS”.
Introduced variable valve timing engine “MIVEC”.
Launched the production of 4M4 model diesel engine.
Established the brand message: Creating Together.
Developed Libero electric vehicle in collaboration with Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Established Mitsubishi Motor Sales Europe B.V. (MMSE) in the Netherlands.
Set up Automobile Information Service for Children.
Achieved post-war production of a cumulative total of 25 million units of four-wheeled vehicles.
Achieved production of a cumulative total of 25 million engines.
Published an environmental brochure titled Soshite Ashita E (“Toward the Future”).
Introduced automatic transmission “INVECS-II”.
A female employee of DSM in the US (later MMMA) filed a lawsuit against the company for sexual harassment.
Manufactured a prototype of hybrid electric vehicle, and conducted tests in collaboration with California Air Resources Board.
Introduced cylinder gasoline direct injection engine (GDI).
All four of the company’s teams entered the 22nd Japan Amateur Baseball Championship, Kawasaki Baseball Team won the title for the first time, and Kyoto Baseball Team came second.
Developed an advanced safety vehicle “Mitsubishi ASV”.
Established MRDA in the US.
Established Tama Design Center.
Introduced active yaw control system “AYC”.
Introduced active stability control system “ASC”.
Established Tokachi Proving Ground.
Established Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi Motors Engine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in China.
Payoffs to sokaiya corporate racketeers by the company’s executives were revealed.
Established the brand message: Ii-mono Nagaku (“Good Products that Last”).
Released mid-term business plan “RM 2001 (Renewal Mitsubishi 2001)”.
Introduced a driving assistance system “Mitsubishi Driver Support System”.
Nagoya, Kyoto, and Mizushima Plants acquired ISO 14001 certification.
Introduced direct injection diesel engine (DI Diesel).
Issued Environmental Report (currently Sustainability Report).
Entered into equity alliance with Volvo.
Officially certified in the Guinness World Records for a 2,000km drive in 24 hours by its electric vehicle.
Released mid-term business plan “Heart-Beat 21”.
Established the brand message: Heart-Beat Motors, Mitsubishi Motors.
Entered agreement for equity alliance with DaimlerChrysler.
Entered agreement for equity alliance with DaimlerChrysler.
Established Mitsubishi FUSO Truck & Bus Company as an in-house company.
Quality issues revealed through spot inspection by the Ministry of Transport (currently Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).
Kawasaki Baseball Team entered the 71st Intercity Baseball Tournament and won the title for the first time.
Partnered with Volvo for the establishment of a new truck & bus company.
Set up “Quality Matters Advisory Committee” and “Employee Consultation Office”.
Released a new business vision “Mitsubishi Motors Turnaround Plan”.
Okazaki Baseball Team entered the 72nd Intercity Baseball Tournament and came second.
Eclipse EV successfully completed the public test run, “Shikoku EV Rally”.
Entered agreement with JATCO TransTechnology Ltd. (currently JATCO Ltd.) to integrate AT and CVT operations.
Fatal accident occurred due to a front tire that came off a Mitsubishi heavy-duty truck.
Released mid-term environment initiative program “Mitsubishi Motors Environmental Sustainability Plan”.
Established MMC Estec Co., Ltd.
Integrated the 2 channels of domestic distributors.
Fatal accident occurred due to damage in the clutch housing of the a Mitsubishi heavy-duty truck.
Mitsubishi Motors merged Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. (MME) with Mitsubishi Motor Sales Europe B.V. (MMSE).
Established Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation by separating the truck & bus division of Mitsubishi Motors.
Mitsubishi Motors merged Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc. (MMMA) with Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc. (MMSA).
Moved the headquarters to Konan, Minato City.
Established a new paint line at Mizushima Plant.
Concluded an agreement for OEM supply of light commercial vehicles with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Changed the company name of MSC to MMTh.
Sold a 22% stake in Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation to DaimlerChrysler.
Released mid-term business plan “Mitsubishi Motors Revitalization Plan”.
Set up Business Revitalization Monitoring Committee.
Launched the production of 4B1 model engine.
The company filed a lawsuit against a former board member for the compensation of damages related to quality issues.
Lancer Evolution MIEV won the title in Shikoku EV Rally.
Established the brand message: Kuruma Zukuri no Genten E. (“Pursuing the Origins of Car Engineering”)
Announced the development of next generation electric vehicles.
Announced that the company suspended its official participation in World Rally Championship.
Established Lingfa Car Technical Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd. in China.
Launched the production of 6B3 model engine.
Announced Environment Initiative Program 2010.
Acquired shares in South East (Fujian) Motor Co., Ltd. of China.
Started “Pajero Forest & Local Mountain Restoration Initiative”.
Attended KidZania Tokyo as an exhibitor.
Urawa Red Diamonds won the J-League for the first time.
Separated Mitsubishi Auto Credit-Lease Corporation into two companies.
Moved the headquarters to Shiba, Minato City.
Started experiments with a power company to evaluate the performance of electric vehicle “i-MiEV”.
Established MMC Wing Co., Ltd.
Integrated the 29 affiliated domestic distributors into 5 companies.
Established Mitsubishi Automotive Logistics Technology Co., Ltd.
Introduced automatic manual transmission “Twin Clutch SST”.
Introduced integrated vehicle dynamics control system “S-AWC”.
Established Lithium Energy Japan.
Released mid-term business plan “Step Up 2010”.
Announced the closure of the vehicle assembly plant of Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL).
Established the brand message: Drive@earth.
Established Mitsubishi Motor Sales (China) Co., Ltd. in China.
Announced that the company stopped its official participation in Dakar Rally.
Attended KidZania Koshien as an exhibitor.
Announced “Mitsubishi Motors Group Environmental Vision 2020”.
Concluded an agreement to supply OEM electric vehicle “i-MiEV” to PSA.
Established Kansai Electric Vehicles Association.
Established CHAdeMO Association.
Established a vehicle assembly plant in collaboration with PSA in Russia.
Participated in the “next generation EV” project.
Launched the sale of electric vehicle “i-MiEV” through home appliance retailers and online shopping.
Released mid-term business plan “Jump 2013”
Started verification tests of secondary use business model for lithium-ion batteries.
Established NMKV Co., Ltd.
Introduced an idling-stop function “Auto Stop & Go (AS&G)”
Participated in the support initiatives of the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery support project “Yui”.
Established a new paint line at Nagoya Plant.
Launched the sale of 1500W power supply unit “MiEV power BOX”.
Established a new EV Research & Development Center.
Introduced a preventative safety technology “e-Assist”.
Established GAC Mitsubishi Motors Co., LTD. (GMMC) in China.
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism conducted spot inspection at the company following leaking engine oil trouble in Kei-cars.
Supported the Michinoku Future Fund, a scholarship fund for the orphans of earthquake disaster.
Released mid-term business plan “New Stage 2016”.
Cancelled preferred shares.
Sponsored the Great Forest Wall Project, a tree planting volunteer initiative.
Established Nippon Charge Service LLC (NCS).
Nagoya Plant achieved production of a cumulative total of 5 million units.
Established MMKI in Indonesia.
Installed 1,162 chargers for electric vehicles at each business site and facility.
Started offering the services of “Mitsubishi Motors Electric Vehicle Support”.
MMTh opened the first ever test course outside Japan.
Misconduct in fuel efficiency testing revealed.
Set up Special Investigation Committee in connection with the acquisition issues of certification of conformity.
Changed the name of Nagoya Plant to Okazaki Plant.
Opened Dendo Drive Station.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors.
Received order for action and for payment of surcharge in accordance with the Act against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations.
Introduced the Matching Gift Program for in-house donations.
Opened a day-care center for employees at Okazaki Plant.
Established MMKSI in Indonesia.
Announced Alliance 2022.
Released mid-term business plan “DRIVE FOR GROWTH”.
Started conducting tests in Europe to verify power grid stabilization (V2G).
Established the brand message: Drive your Ambition.
Established MMFS in the Netherlands.
Opened a “Training Room to Learn from Mistakes” at Okazaki Plant.
Violation of the act on regulation of technical training revealed.
MMTh achieved production of a cumulative total of 5 million units.
Started conducting tests in Japan to verify power grid stabilization (V2G).
Started adopting the new store design at distributors worldwide.
The then-chairman of the board of directors was arrested on suspicion of violating the Companies Act.
Moved the headquarters to Shibaura, Minato City.
Announced the results of the internal investigation regarding the misconduct of the former chairman of the board of directors.
Opened a day-care center for employees at the headquarters.
Transitioned to a company with three committees.
Concluded a disaster cooperation agreement with Minato City for the first time in Tokyo.