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Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating 100 years this year. That fact is certainly something to celebrate! Throughout its time in the industry, Mitsubishi Motors has always been a company to celebrate, due to its incredible vehicles and steadfast quality.
Mitsubishi actually did not start in the automotive industry. It began as a shipping firm in 1870 and was founded by Yataro Iwasaki. The company prided itself on keeping up with technology though, so in 1917, Mitsubishi had established its own automobile division. This division was called Mitsubishi Motors and was still part of the shipping firm.
The Model-A was the first vehicle to be produced by Mitsubishi. This was the Japan’s first series-production automobile model. The company then picked up speed and went on to create the first Japanese vehicle with four-wheel drive, the Mitsubishi PX33.
World War II caused a halt in production for Mitsubishi Motors. After the war, everyone in Japan, including Mitsubishi struggled financially. However, by the 1960s, Mitsubishi was stronger than ever with the Mitsubishi 500.
Mitsubishi transitioned into the American automotive industry in the 1970s. This came with the help of Chrysler. The cooperating companies did make successful models, like the Dodge Colt, but Mitsubishi also wanted to create its own name. In 1982, Mitsubishi began solo production of automobiles in America. The company has been successful in the States ever since.
Mitsubishi has only spent 30 years in the American automotive market, but has almost a century of business background. The culture and quality of the company helped it succeed both in Japan and the United States. Mitsubishi has become one of the most popular brands in the States, due to the quality found in every Mitsubishi vehicle.