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15 production models

18 discontinued models

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Part of the Mitsubishi business conglomerate, Mitsubishi Motors has earned its place on the Japanese and international car market. The company's history starts sometime in 1917, when the first Mitsubishi model, a seven-seater sedan based on the Fiat Tipo 3, rolls off the assembly line. Not very successful, production was discontinued after just 22 models were built.

True production begins after the merger of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Mitsubishi Aircraft Co. in 1934. Concentrated on building aircraft, ships, and railroad cars, the company found time to make a prototype sedan in 1937 which it called the PX33. Sadly, it was mainly for military use as the war approached.

Only after the war did the company really got into car production with a small three-vehicle vehicle, the Mizushima and a scooter with a funny name, the Silver Pigeon. Then came the split of the former conglomerate, because the conquering Allies did not see with favorable eyes Japan's industrial development.

A decade later, things in Japan were looking up and personal transportation became an issue again as more and more families afforded cars. Enter the Mitsubishi 500, a sedan for the masses, and later the Minica small car and the Colt 1000 in 1963. With sales rising, the remnants of the Mitsubishi conglomerate were united once again in 1970.

The next step for the company was to ally itself with a foreign company, Chrysler in this case, which bought 15% of the Mitsubishi, which afforded the Japanese manufacturer the license to sell rebadged Galants as Dodge Colts in the States and as Chrysler Scorpions in Australia.

In this way, Mitsubishi was able to raise numbers in production and set up a series of dealerships around Europe. But if for Mitsubishi things were looking up, the same could not be said about its American partner which was forced to sell the Australian manufacturing division in 1980.

Two years later, Mitsubishi would enter the American market under its own name with the Tredia sedan, the Cordia and the Starion coupe. The car quota was established at 30,000 vehicles but the Japanese were keen to increase that number and they began a campaign of active advertising. By the end of the 80s, Mitsubishi had achieved 1,5 million units produced worldwide.

In order to bypass the strict import regulations and to ease the tensions between the two companies, Mitsubishi and Chrysler founded a new vehicle manufacturing company in Normal, Illinois under the name Diamond-Star Motors which started production in 1987. The models that came out of this plant include the Mitsubishi Eagle, the Eagle Talon and the Plymouth Laser.

In 1988 the company changed its status from being privately owned to public. Mitsubishi industries remained the largest stockholder with 25% of the company, while Chrysler upped its share to 20 %. Later, in 1992, it reduced the equity to just 3% and even sold its interest in Diamond-Star Motors, leaving Mitsubishi as the sole owner.

In 1995, Mitsubishi Motors changed its name to the current on from DSM as it was previously known on the American market. Also, it opened up a new North American Manufacturing Division in 2002.

In 2000, Mitsubishi sought a new partnership with the newly formed Daimler-Chrysler concern which cost the German-American group $1.9 billion, $200 million less than the original price once the defect cover-up scandal came out. It seems that Mitsubishi had systematically covered up defects in its production cars as far back as 1977, involving anything from failing brakes to faulty clutch systems. When the news was disclosed, the company was forced to recall 163,707 vehicles for free repairs.

That, coupled with a economic crisis in the Asian region caused Mitsubishi a loss in profit and even  the need to downsize in order to cope with falling demand. A new breed of cars, revitalized models and forward thinking was what brought Mitsubishi back on track. The Mitsubishi i, a small car perfect for the Asian market and the new Lancer and Outlander were enough to put the company back on the market. This lead to the first profitable quarter at Mitsubishi in four year to be declared in 2006.
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production models:
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MITSUBISHI Outlander / Airtrek specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Outlander / Airtrek

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid · Mild hybrid

6 generations

2021 - present
MITSUBISHI Eclipse Cross specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Eclipse Cross

suvs

Gasoline

2 generations

2021 - present
MITSUBISHI Mirage specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Mirage

hatchbacks

Gasoline

3 generations

2019 - present
MITSUBISHI ASX / RVR / Outlander Sport specs and photos

MITSUBISHI ASX / RVR / Outlander Sport

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2019 - present
MITSUBISHI Mirage G4 specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Mirage G4

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2016 - present
MITSUBISHI Lancer specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Lancer

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2016 - present
MITSUBISHI L 200 specs and photos

MITSUBISHI L 200

trucks

Gasoline · Diesel

8 generations

2015 - present
MITSUBISHI Lancer Hatchback specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Lancer Hatchback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2008 - present
MITSUBISHI Pajero 5 Doors specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Pajero 5 Doors

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

7 generations

2006 - present
MITSUBISHI Lancer Evolution specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Lancer Evolution

sedans

Gasoline

10 generations

2008 - present
MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Pajero 3 Doors

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

5 generations

2006 - present
MITSUBISHI Space Star specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Space Star

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2013 - present

2 generations

2001 - present
MITSUBISHI Attrage specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Attrage

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2013 - present
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV specs and photos

MITSUBISHI i-MiEV

hatchbacks

Electric

1 generation

2009 - present
 
discontinued models:
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MITSUBISHI 3000 GT specs and photos

MITSUBISHI 3000 GT

coupes

Gasoline

4 generations

1994 - 2001
MITSUBISHI Carisma Sedan specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Carisma Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1995 - 2004
MITSUBISHI Colt 3 Doors specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Colt 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2008 - 2012
MITSUBISHI Colt 5 Doors specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Colt 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2008 - 2012
MITSUBISHI Colt CZC specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Colt CZC

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2006 - 2012
MITSUBISHI Eclipse specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Eclipse

coupes

Gasoline

5 generations

2009 - 2012
MITSUBISHI Eclipse Spyder specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Eclipse Spyder

convertibles

Gasoline

3 generations

2009 - 2012
MITSUBISHI Endeavor specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Endeavor

suvs

Gasoline

2 generations

2008 - 2011
MITSUBISHI Galant specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Galant

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

7 generations

2008 - 2012
MITSUBISHI Galant Station Wagon specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Galant Station Wagon

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1997 - 2001
MITSUBISHI Grandis specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Grandis

vans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2011
MITSUBISHI L300 specs and photos

MITSUBISHI L300

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1986 - 1994
MITSUBISHI Lancer Combi specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Lancer Combi

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2003 - 2006
MITSUBISHI Raider Crew Cab specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Raider Crew Cab

trucks

Gasoline

1 generation

2005 - 2009

1 generation

2005 - 2009
MITSUBISHI Sigma specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Sigma

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1991 - 1996
MITSUBISHI Space Runner specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Space Runner

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1991 - 1999
MITSUBISHI Starion specs and photos

MITSUBISHI Starion

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1982 - 1991