Mitsubishi Motors

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

legal form Kabushiki-gaisha (joint stock company)
ISIN JP3899800001
founding April 22, 1970
Seat Minato , Tokyo , JapanJapanJapan 
management Osamu Masuko
Number of employees 29,555 (2018)
sales 2.5 trillion Yen (20.1 billion euros ) (2018)
Branch Automobile manufacturing

The Mitsubishi Motors Corporation ( Jap. 三菱自動車工業株式会社 , Mitsubishi Jidosha Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha ) ( MMC ) is a Japanese automotive manufacturer based in Tokyo . It belongs to the Mitsubishi Keiretsu , which was founded as a shipping company in the early 1870s by the samurai Iwasaki Yatarō . In 1875 the Mitsubishi name was first used for the Mitsubishi Mail Steamship Company.

Mitsubishi built the first automobiles as early as 1917, but Mitsubishi Motors Corporation was not founded as an independent company until 1970, previously it was a division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. In terms of vehicle production, Mitsubishi was the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in Japan in 2006 (behind Toyota , Honda , Nissan , Suzuki and Mazda ). In 2002 Mitsubishi finished fourth.

Nissan has had a 34% stake in MMC since October 20, 2016, making MMC part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance

In the summer of 2020, Mitsubishi announced that it would no longer bring any new models to Europe. However, sales of the current models are expected to continue without restrictions for the time being.

Iwasaki Yatarō, the founder of Mitsubishi



Mitsubishi PX33, prototype with all-wheel drive

In 1917 Mitsubishi Shipyard Co. Ltd. With the Model A, according to their own statements, Japan's first series-produced automobile is on the market. This was based on the Fiat Tipo 3 and was entirely handmade. Due to the significantly cheaper competition from America and Europe, production was discontinued in 1921 after only 22 units had been built.

In 1934, Mitsubishi Shipyard was merged with Mitsubishi Aircraft Co. to form Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), making it one of the largest private companies in Japan. After Mitsubishi presented the first diesel engine with direct injection in 1931 , four prototypes of an all-wheel drive passenger car with the PX33 were manufactured and tested in 1934 , a variant with a diesel engine was also in development. However, the entire project was discontinued in 1937 as not of importance to the war effort.

post war period

In 1950, like all Zaibatsu , Mitsubishi was broken up into three sub- societies by the influence of the Allies. In each of these parts, their own automotive activities were driven forward largely independently of one another. As a result of the Japanese economic miracle that began at the beginning of the 1960s and the associated mass motorization, production skyrocketed from 5023 cars (only Mitsubishi 500 from 1960 to 1962) to a total of 75,000 cars in 1967. In 1964, the three sub-companies became Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI ) merged, on April 22, 1970 the vehicle divisions of the three former subsidiary companies were spun off from MHI and converted into the newly founded Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in order to give Chrysler a stake.

Immediately after the end of the war, Mitsubishi resumed automobile production, the Fuso buses were manufactured again, and the development and manufacture of scooters ( Silver Pigeon ) and three-wheel transporters ( Mizushima ) began. From 1951, with the CKD assembly of Kaiser Motors Henry J and Willys Jeep, the license production of the first cars was added. In 1960 the small but family-friendly Mitsubishi 500 appeared , the forerunner of the first Colt series. From 1961 and 1962, the Kei-Cars Mitsubishi 360 and Minica rounded off the program downwards, from 1964 the upper class sedan Debonair was mainly sold for the Japanese market. The Galant and Lancer models first appeared in 1969 and 1973, respectively.

1971–1992: collaboration with Chrysler

Mitsubishi Lancer from 1973

In 1971 Chrysler acquired a 15% stake in MMC and began selling the Mitsubishi Galant and Lancer models under its own brands. A little later, MMC built up its own dealer and workshop network in Europe, putting itself in direct competition with Chrysler's European subsidiary Simca , which in turn led to tensions between the two partners. At the end of the 1970s, Chrysler got into trouble and first had to sell SIMCA to Peugeot and then in 1980 its Australian production sites to MMC (renamed Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd.). Furthermore, MMC began to sell its vehicles under its own name in the USA parallel to Chrysler from 1982 onwards. When Chrysler recovered briefly, the two founded a joint plant (Diamond Star Motors) in the USA in 1985 in order to circumvent the import restrictions there for Japanese vehicles. In order to be able to partially pay off its very high liabilities, MMC went public on December 5, 1988 and Chrysler increased its stake in MMC to over 20%. After renewed problems, Chrysler had to sell its share in the joint plant in USA in 1991 (later renamed Mitsubishi Motors Manufacturing of America Inc. (MMMA)), by 1993 all shares in MMC were also completely sold again and Chrysler ended its cooperation with MMC completely a.

1990s: Mitsubishi in the Asian crisis

In 1989 MMC sold 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, the Pajero , which was newly introduced in 1982, was, against all expectations, a great success. B. also in Japan. In order to take full advantage of this success, the Pajero program was extensively expanded in the early / mid-1990s. MMC was therefore largely spared from the Japanese crisis that began in the early 1990s, while the other Japanese manufacturers, on the other hand, experienced severe crises, including Honda . In 1992/93 there were rumors of a hostile takeover of Honda by MMC. In 1995 MMC achieved a market share of 11.6% in the Japanese home market.

While the Japanese competitors began to recover due to success in the US market and were less affected by the crisis in Southeast Asia , MMC was then hit hard. Sales collapsed in all three important sales markets (Japan, Southeast Asia and the USA), MMC had to close a truck plant in Thailand in 1997, lost market share at home and abroad, had to give up its position as the third largest automaker to Mazda and made the largest Loss in its history. The MCC share price also crashed due to the suspended dividend payment.

In November 1997, a three-year restructuring program followed with the aim of reducing staff and costs and becoming profitable again in 1998. After initial successes, the dividend had to be suspended again in 1999. Added to this were the high liabilities of MMC of 1.7 trillion yen (around € 13.5 billion today). In the now necessary search for a partner, external analysts recommended that MMC should aim for a takeover or a merger as a junior partner. The CEO Katsuhiko Kawasoe, however, said that MMC could be an equal partner and cooperate without equity participation.

Corporate crisis

The Colt led Mitsubishi out of the crisis in Europe in 2004

From 1997 the sales figures fell drastically due to the Asian crisis . There were also cover-up scandals that further damaged the brand's image. The takeover of Mitsubishi by the also ailing DaimlerChrysler Group in 2001 did not bring any improvement.

In April 2004, DaimlerChrysler announced that it would no longer give Mitsubishi any further financial aid and has now sold all of its shares. As a result, the brand was on the verge of bankruptcy . In addition, the models were outdated and difficult to sell. Only in Europe did things pick up again after the introduction of the new Colt in summer 2004. With the launch of the second Outlander in spring 2006, sales in Japan rose again.

Development after 2000

In 2003 the commercial vehicle division of Mitsubishi Motors was spun off and since then has formed the independent company Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation .

In October 2005, the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance joint venture was founded with the automobile manufacturers DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai to manufacture engines for the companies involved.

At the beginning of 2005, a cooperation agreement between Mitsubishi Motors and the French PSA group was signed. The signed memorandum provided for an annual production from 2007 of 30,000 SUV vehicles for Peugeot and Citroën in Japan. The vehicles are based on a platform currently being developed by Mitsubishi Outlander and each brand has its own look. The cooperation improves the utilization of production at Mitsubishi.

Entry of Nissan

In April 2016, Mitsubishi announced that it had manipulated the consumption values ​​of its models. 625,000 cars, including 468,000 of two models for Nissan, are affected. After Mitsubishi's share price plummeted, Nissan announced on May 12, 2016 that it would acquire a 34% stake in Mitsubishi for 237 billion yen (about 3.2 billion euros). The closing of the transaction was announced on October 20, 2016, together with the announcement that Mitsubishi was now part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Carlos Ghosn became Chairman of the Mitsubishi Board of Directors effective December 14, 2016, in addition to his roles at Renault, Nissan and Renault-Nissan. Nissan is also sending 3 additional directors.

Mitsubishi Motors in Germany

Mitsubishi Colt (1985)
Mitsubishi Space Wagon (1991)
Mitsubishi Pajero (1999)
Mitsubishi Lancer (2008)

In 1977 the automobile importer Hanns Trapp-Dries founded MMC Auto Deutschland GmbH in Rüsselsheim . The first car imported to Germany was the Galant mid-range car . The Coupé Celeste and the first Lancer were introduced in Germany that same year.

The Sapporo Coupé and the first Colt followed in the fall of 1978 .

In early 1983 Mitsubishi launched the Pajero off-road vehicle . In the autumn of the same year, the Space Wagon , the first MPV on the German market, was introduced. At the beginning of 1987, Mitsubishi's Lancer Kombi 4WD was the first series passenger car with permanent all-wheel drive.

From the beginning of 1990, a sports coupé called the Eclipse was created in cooperation with the American automobile manufacturer Chrysler . Another sports car, the 3000 GT , was presented that same year . In addition, the foundation stone for the Lancer Evolution model series was laid in 1992. The addition Evolution was introduced when Mitsubishi was building 2500 units based on the production model Lancer RS to maintain homologation according to Group A regulations for participation in the World Rally Championship .

From mid-1992 Mitsubishi Motors brought the first series car from Australian production to Germany, the Sigma station wagon . It was an upper middle class vehicle powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine.

A direct-injection gasoline engine was developed in 1995 in Japan under the name HSR-V . From 1997 it was marketed under the name GDI .

On April 2, 2002, Mitsubishi Motors Deutschland GmbH took over the sale of Mitsubishi vehicles in Germany following approval by the competent antitrust authorities. The company is based in Rüsselsheim am Main in Hesse, near Frankfurt am Main .

In May 2003 the Outlander expanded the Mitsubishi Motors model range to include a sport utility vehicle . The four-wheel drive technology, which includes a center differential with viscous lock , essentially comes from the Lancer Evolution, with which it shares the floor pan.

26 years after the introduction of the first Colt generation on the German market, the sixth generation of the small car was launched in June 2004. Mitsubishi also launched the Grandis MPV , which can seat up to seven people, on the German market at about the same time . These German market launches were adversely affected, however, by the negative mood created by the failed cooperation with DaimlerChrysler. Mitsubishi Motors' sales figures fell significantly again.

In February 2007, both the second generation of the Outlander and the fourth generation Pajero came onto the market. The new Lancer also appeared on the German market in autumn.

The i-MiEV electric vehicle was launched in Japan at the end of July 2009 . In December 2010 the left-hand drive version was launched on the European market.

In 2012 Mitsubishi celebrated its 35th anniversary in Germany, which is why the special model series 35 years was launched on this occasion . At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012, the third generation of the successful Outlander SUV was presented, which came onto the German market in October of the same year. At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Mitsubishi presented the Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid Outlander, the world's first all-wheel drive car with hybrid drive, which has been on the market in Germany since spring 2014. The successful crossover model ASX , introduced in 2010, received an extensive facelift in November 2012, while the discontinuation of the longest available Mitsubishi model Colt became known.

2013 started with a change in management at the German headquarters. Managing director Hiroshi Taguchi was replaced by Takuro Miki after four years in office. In January, the official name of the new compact car Space Star was announced; the prices were published at the beginning of March. Two world premieres were presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013, which further emphasize Mitsubishi Motors' leading role in the development of environmentally friendly drives. The electric models GR-HEV, a pick-up with hybrid drive and CA-MiEV, a compact car with electric drive, were presented. Furthermore, the last Colt was sold in March and Fabian Hambüchen was introduced as the new brand ambassador.

The Emil Frey Group has been Mitsubishi importer in Germany since February 2014 . Emil Frey planned to become a majority shareholder in the current Mitsubishi Motors Deutschland GmbH, which was renamed "MMD Automobile GmbH (MMDA)". MME will hold a strategic minority stake of 24.9 percent. The new managing director was Werner H. Frey., Who was replaced on April 1st by Dr. Kolja Rebstock was replaced. On October 11th 2017 the company moved to Friedberg (Hessen).

New car registrations and market shares in Germany

year units Market share
2019 52,148 1.45%
2018 50,803 1.48%
2017 43,367 1.26%
2016 37,228 1.11%
2015 34,443 1.07%
2014 24,131 0.79%
2013 21,141 0.72%
2012 23,565 0.76%
2011 30,050 0.90%
2010 24,873 0.85%
2009 30,409 0.80%
2008 25,558 0.83%
2007 31,449 1.00%
2006 33,760 0.97%
2005 36,767 1.10%
2004 33,536 1.03%
2003 36.191 1.12%
2002 34,100 1.06%
2001 34,531 1.02%
1987 68,579 2.4%
1986 62.909 2.2%
1985 45.182 1.9%
1984 44,017 1.8%
1983 37,516 1.5%
1982 33,530 1.6%
1981 43,815 1.9%
1980 41,605 1.7%
1979 20,725 0.8%
1978 12,637 0.5%
1977 5,446 0.2%


1977–1981: MMC-Auto Deutschland GmbH / MMCurier No. 7, 1982

1977–1987: MMC-Auto Deutschland GmbH / MMCurier No. 2, 1988

From 2001: Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA)

Production in Europe

The Carisma was the first Mitsubishi to be produced in the Netherlands from 1995 to 2004.

In 1995 the first Mitsubishi produced in and for Europe, the Carisma , was presented. This was manufactured by NedCar in the Netherlands , not far from the German border, together with the Volvo S40 / V40 . It was followed in 1999 by the Pajero Pinin from Italy and the Space Star from the Netherlands. The sixth generation of the Colt was also produced there from 2004 and the second generation of the Outlander from 2007. From 2011, the Outlander and the identical SUVs from Peugeot and Citroën will also be produced in Russia in cooperation with the PSA Group. The foundation stone for the new plant was laid in June 2008.

On February 6, 2012, Mitsubishi announced that it would close the plant in the Netherlands by the end of the year.


After initial road races in the early 1960s, the company became more and more involved in off-road racing over time. In 1983 Mitsubishi took part in the Dakar Rally for the first time - initially unofficially . Mitsubishi had achieved twelve Dakar victories by 2007; the 2007 victory was also the seventh in a row. Mitsubishi is thus the most successful automobile manufacturer in the Dakar Rally. In 2008 the Mitsubishi team switched to diesel engines and won the Transibérico Rally for the first time with this engine.

Mitsubishi won the World Rally Championship four times with the Lancer Evolution between 1996 and 1999.

Mitsubishi also entered the World Rally Championship with the Lancer Evolution . After individual race wins in 1994 and 1995, Ralliart , the Japanese factory team, and Tommi Mäkinen won the world championship title four times in a row from 1996 to 1999. In 1998 the world championship title could also be won in the manufacturers' championship. With a total of five World Rally Championship successes, Mitsubishi is one of the most successful car brands in World Rally Championship history.

Together with Subaru , Mitsubishi has been one of the dominant car brands in the world championship for near-series production cars since the mid-1990s. In addition, he achieved several championship successes in national rally championships.

Mitsubishi exited the World Rally Championship as early as 2007, after the further developments of the Lancer WRC could no longer build on the successes of the previous models. The global economic crisis and the poor performance of diesel vehicles at the Dakar Rally also led to the exit from marathon rallying in 2009.

The three diamonds are the well-known trademarks of Mitsubishi Motors and other companies in the group. Mitsubishi means something like three diamonds, derived from the word combination mitsu for three and bishi for stone / diamond.

Yatoro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi , combined two family coats of arms - on the one hand the coat of arms of the Yamauchi family, the rulers of the province of Tosa, where Yatoro was born (which shows three oak leaves), and on the other hand the three-tiered water chestnut coat of arms of his family - and designed so the current Mitsubishi logo.

Mitsubishi is a combination of the words Mitsu and Hishi . Mitsu means three and Hishi means water chestnut. This word is mostly used to describe a diamond shape . Hishi is commonly pronounced bishi when it forms the last part of a word, so the combination of the two words makes Mitsubishi .

Model history

construction time model series Sale in Germany annotation image


since 2006 Mitsubishi i not available in Germany The four-seat microcar is one of Mitsubishi's volume models in Japan. By 2007 it had been sold almost 40,000 times and was voted "Car of the Year". Mitsubishi i 1.jpg
since 2009 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2010-2016 The i-MiEV (MiEV = Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) based on the Mitsubishi i has been available in Japan since the end of July 2009. The first mass-produced electric vehicle, also available as a left-hand drive version, has been available for the European market since December 2010. Since 2016, only the sister models Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn have been available in Europe. IMiev outside 010.jpg
1962-2011 Mitsubishi Minica not available in Germany The Mitsubishi Minica is a small car in the Japanese kei car class that will be produced in eight generations from October 1962. In 2005 a new model appeared exclusively for the Japanese market. Mitsubishi Minica LA front JPN.jpg

Small car

1962-2012 Mitsubishi Colt 1978-2012 At 50, the Colt is Mitsubishi's longest-running model. From the end of 1978 the Colt was also offered on the German market. There was him u. a. as a hatchback, notchback, station wagon and convertible. In the summer of 2004, the sixth and, for the time being, last generation came onto the German market (picture). Mitsubishi Colt (Z30) Facelift front 20100731.jpg
since 2012 Mitsubishi Space Star (2012) since 2013 Outside Europe, the car is known as the Mirage , which was introduced in some Asian countries in autumn 2012. The Space Star will be manufactured in the company's new plant in Thailand. Mitsubishi Space Star 1.2 MIVEC ClearTec.JPG

Lower middle class

1973-2017 Mitsubishi Lancer 1973-2017 Extended brother of the Colt, was already available as a hatchback and notchback, a coupe (Celeste) and a station wagon. Last: notchback and hatchback (referred to as Sportback). In Thailand and China a further generation is still offered as a Grand Lancer. Mitsubishi Lancer VIII Sportback front 20100829.jpg
1995-2004 Mitsubishi Carisma 1995-2004 The Carisma is the first vehicle produced by Mitsubishi Motors in the Netherlands and thus shared the platform with the Volvo S40 / V40 . It was offered as a hatchback and notchback. Mitsubishi Carisma front 20071205.jpg

Middle class

1982-1990 Mitsubishi Tredia 1982-1986 The Tredia was a notchback sedan and the sister model of the Cordia coupé. He was supposed to close the gap between the Lancer and the Galant, who was moving further and further towards the upper middle class. Was also available in Germany until the end of 1986. 1983 Mitsubishi Tredia 1.6 GLS (8153098021) .jpg
1968–2012 Mitsubishi Galant 1977-2004 A successful mid-range car that was offered as one of the brand's first models in Germany in spring 1977. From autumn 2004 to 2012 it was only available in the USA. GalantV6.jpg
2005-2008 Mitsubishi 380 not available in Germany The 380 is similar to the Galant. It was produced by Mitsubishi Motors Australia in Australia and only offered there. 2005 Mitsubishi 380 (DB) sedan (2015-07-15) 01.jpg

upper middle class

1975-1990 Mitsubishi Sapporo
Mitsubishi Sapporo
1978-1990 From 1975 to 1983, the Sapporo represented the coupé of the third and fourth Galant series. In 1982 a convertible limited to 350 units was even offered. The third version followed in 1987, but embodied a noble version of the fifth Galant. In other countries it was sold under the names Mitsubishi Scorpion and Colt Sapporo . Mitsubishi Sapporo rear 20080301.jpg
1990-1996 Mitsubishi Sigma 1990-1996 The Sigma replaced the Sapporo at the end of 1990, initially as a sedan. In the summer of 1992, a station wagon made in Australia followed. In America the vehicle was sold under the name Mitsubishi Diamante . Mitsubishi Sigma station wagon front 20071112.jpg

Upper class

1964-1999 Mitsubishi Debonair not available in Germany Mitsubishi's top model for many years, the first generation was produced for 22 years until 1986. MITSUBISHI DEBONAIR 1ST.jpg
1999–2001, 2012–2016 Mitsubishi Proudia not available in Germany This model is offered exclusively on the Japanese market and is considered the successor to the Mitsubishi Debonair MITSUBISHI PROUDIA BY51 01.png
1999–2001, 2012–2016 Mitsubishi Dignity not available in Germany Also exclusively for the Japanese market. Proudia with a long wheelbase. Mitsubishi DIGNITY VIP (BHGY51) rear.JPG


1975-1981 Mitsubishi Celeste 1977-1981 A sports coupe that was produced from autumn 1975 to mid-1981. It was a coupe based on the first Lancer. Mitsubishi Celeste Rotterdam 1976.jpg
1982-1990 Mitsubishi Cordia 1982-1987 A coupé built from autumn 1982 to mid-1990 based on the Tredia mid-range sedan . 1985 Mitsubishi Cordia (AB) GSL hatchback (2009-09-17) .jpg

Sports cars & roadsters

1990-2000 Mitsubishi 3000 GT 1992-2000 An elaborately designed sports car that also had all-wheel steering. In America it was sold under the Dodge label with the name Stealth. 3000gtlev.jpg
1990-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse 1992-2000 A sports coupé that was also sold in Germany from 1992 to 2000. Since then it has been mainly built and sold in the United States. The fourth and last generation appeared there in mid-2005, production of which was discontinued at the end of 2012. Mitsubishi Eclipse - 09-08-2009.jpg
1994-2000 Mitsubishi FTO not available in Germany The FTO was sold almost exclusively in Japan, later also available in limited numbers in the UK and Australia. 1994 fto gpx mivec.jpg
1992-2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 1992-2016 The racing version of the civilian Lancer. From 2008 to 2016 the last EVO series "X" (for series 10) , a version derived from the Concept X , was available. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.jpg
1982-1990 Mitsubishi Starion 1982-1990 The Starion is considered to be the founder of the Japanese turbocharged era, although it was not the first turbocharged vehicle on the market. Mitsubishi Starion.jpg


2006-2009 Mitsubishi Colt CZC 2006-2009 The CZC was the retractable roof convertible based on the last Colt. It was built at Pininfarina from spring 2006 to summer 2009. Mitsubishi Colt CZC front.jpg
1992-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder not available in Germany Two years after the coupé, the Eclipse was followed by a convertible version called Spyder, which was also manufactured until the end of 2012. Mitsubishi Eclipse Międzyzdroje3.JPG
1994-1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder Manufactured exclusively for the US market, with a folding steel roof Rare convertible version of the 3000GT, of which fewer than 2000 vehicles have been produced.

Off-road vehicles , SUVs and pick-ups

2003-2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor not available in Europe The Endeavor is only available in the USA and Canada and is based on the same platform as the Mitsubishi Galant. Mitsu-Endeavor.jpg
since 2010 Mitsubishi ASX since 2010 The ASX crossover model is based on the Mitsubishi Concept-cX, which was presented at the Frankfurt IAA 2007. An extensive facelift was carried out at the end of 2012. Mitsubishi - ASX - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2012 - 201.jpg
since 2017 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross since 2017 Also a crossover and based on the studies XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II . Positioned between ASX and Outlander. 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 3 4X2 1.5 Front.jpg
1952-1999 Mitsubishi Jeep Willys Jeep built under license, Japan only Remained in the Japanese offer until 1990, since then it has only been built in small numbers for the Japanese military. Mitsubishi Jeep J24H 001.JPG
since 1978 Mitsubishi L200 Since 1993 A pick-up, also known as the Mitsubishi Triton. Mitsubishi L200 (2019) Leonberg 2019 IMG 0069.jpg
since 2001 Mitsubishi Outlander since 2003 An SUV that has also been available in Germany since 2003. In 2012 the third generation was introduced in Germany. In May 2014 the plug-in Hybrid Outlander was launched on the German market. 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander (ZJ MY14) ES 2WD wagon (2014-12-26) .jpg
since 1982 Mitsubishi Pajero 1983-2018 The Pajero is also sold as the Mitsubishi Montero in Spanish-speaking markets and as the Mitsubishi Shogun in the UK. The 4th generation of the successful off-road vehicle is now available. Mitsubishi Pajero (V80) front.jpg
1998-2006 Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin 1999-2005 Variant of the off-road vehicle manufactured by Pininfarina. 2005 Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin GDi Elegance 2.0 Front.jpg
since 1998 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 1998-2005 He is also known as the Pajero Challenger. Mitsubishi-MonteroSport.jpg
2005-2009 Mitsubishi Raider not available in Germany Was mainly offered in the USA. 2006 Mitsubishi Raider DuroCross 4WD ext cab, CO.jpg
since 2014 Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid Outlander since 2014 World's first plug-in hybrid SUV. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (front quarter) .JPG
since 2017 Mitsubishi Eupheme not available in Germany Identical model to the GAC Trumpchi GS 4 PHEV , the GAC Trumpchi GE 3 and the Toyota ix4 . GAC Motor GE3, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0516.jpg


1998-2003 Mitsubishi Dingo not available in Germany Was not offered on the European market; based on Colt platform.
2000-2005 Mitsubishi Dion Not available in Germany The Dion was not offered on the European market either.
since 1980 Mitsubishi L300 / Delica 1980-1999 This van was later given its current name, while the name Delica was transferred to a people carrier with an independent design. Corresponding to the minibus design of the time, it is built on a sturdy ladder frame that is, however, disadvantageous in terms of driving comfort. The L300 was offered as a transporter, bus and chassis with driver's cab for special bodies (e.g. for mobile homes). Its all-wheel drive (from 1983) also came from the Pajero. Mitsubishi L300 front 20081009.jpg
1994-2006 Mitsubishi Space Gear 1996-2003 The Mitsubishi Space Gear is an optional four-wheel drive van with up to nine seats. It is based on the chassis of the Pajero off-road vehicle. Mitsubishi 2006.JPG
1991-2002 Mitsubishi Space Runner 1991-2002 Similar to the Space Wagon, but shorter and only with a sliding door. Mitsubishi Space Runner front 20080131.jpg
1998-2005 Mitsubishi Space Star 1998-2005 Minivan based on the Carisma. Mitsubishi Space Star front 20071026.jpg
1983-2004 Mitsubishi Space Wagon 1983-2004 The first generation came onto the market in autumn 1983 and thus established the new vehicle design of the MPV. He was thus the model for the Vans Renault Espace and Chrysler Voyager, which appeared a year later . Towards the end of 2004, the Space Wagon was replaced by the Mitsubishi Grandis after three generations. Mitsubishi Space Wagon front 20071009.jpg
2003-2011 Mitsubishi Grandis 2004-2010 The Grandis was the common successor to the Space series, but mainly replaced the Space Wagon due to its dimensions.

Vans and delivery vans

since 1996 Mitsubishi L400 The mostly closed transporter variant of the Space Gear.

Individual evidence

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  3. Vehicle production 2006 (PDF; 69 kB) sorted by manufacturer
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  6. Patrick Lang, Gregor Hebermehl: Mitsubishi partial retreat: No more new models for Europe. July 28, 2020, accessed August 25, 2020 .
  7. History (Engl.) ( Memento of 12 April 2010 at the Internet Archive )
  8. PX33 (Engl.) ( Memento of 12 April 2010 at the Internet Archive )
  9. ^ The trouble with excellence . In: The Economist , July 4, 1998. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sean Farrell: Mitsubishi Motors admits manipulating fuel economy tests. The Guardian , April 20, 2016, accessed April 21, 2016 .
  11. ^ Angela Monaghan: Mitsubishi share price crashes as officials raid offices. The Guardian , April 21, 2016, accessed April 21, 2016 .
  12. ^ Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Plan Alliance . May 12, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  13. ^ Nissan strengthens alliance with acquisition of 34 stake in Mitsubishi Motors . October 20, 2016. Archived from the original on October 30, 2016. Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 30, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. ^ Notice Concerning Personnel Change . May 12, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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