4 of the Most Extraordinary Cars Mitsubishi Ever Built

Mitsubishi has built plenty of Mitsubishi cars since it was established in 1917. The Mitsubishi Motors first introduced Mitsubishi Model A cars, Japan’s first series-production automobile. From then they don’t really have to look back. They built many great Mitsubishi cars over the century. Among them, followings are considered as the greatest cars Mitsubishi has ever added to its fleet.

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1. Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4

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Mitsubishi 3000GT VR – 4 was the best of all models Mitsubishi ever built. It is one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time. It was known as the GTO in Japan. It was a 300 HP beast with AWD and twin – turbo that could speed up from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds! The active years of this supercar were 1990 to 2001.

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2. Mitsubishi Eclipse

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse debuted in 1989. It was a replacement of Starion and it lasted for a couple of decades. It was a 195-horsepower AWD monster that could speed up from 0 to 60 in only 7 seconds. The monster car was disappeared in 2012 after the fourth generation, but by then the glory days of Eclipse were long behind it.

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3.Mitsubishi Outlander

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The Mitsubishi Outlander remains as the only survivor since the discontinuation of the EVO Lancer. It is the best budget friendly Mitsubishi car that is currently in 3rd generation and doesn’t show any sign of stopping. It was debuted in 2001. Outlander offers different power depending on its compact size. The Mitsubishi Outlander is the best choice if you are looking for a compact crossover.

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4.Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR

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The Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR has been a rally winner since it was born in 1973. It has been won Africa’s Safari Rally two times and Australia’s Souther Cross Rally four times. It has earned the African nickname “King of Cars”. It had the 4-cylinder and 169, 108, 98 horsepower versions of the engine. It was discontinued in 1976.

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Mitsubishi Motors has come to its peak of success after the long journey they have made throughout the century. Mitsubishi has built some of the greatest sports cars ever. We all know the glory of Mitsubishi’s in the World Rally Championship over the years. There are much more on Mitsubishi cars that the car enthusiasts love the most. It would be a great decision if you choose to buy your dream car from the largest fleet of Mitsubishi motors at Chadstone Mitsubishi.

 

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The History of Mitsubishi Motors

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Mitsubishi Motors is without a doubt one of the biggest automotive companies and is an instantly recognizable brand just about anywhere in the world. One of many divisions of the larger Mitsubishi brand, Mitsubishi Motors remains one of the most important subsidiaries that bears the name. At times it’s interesting to go back and look at where big companies originated and how they got to be what they are today. Let’s take a look at the rich history of Mitsubishi Motors dating back to 1917.

The Mitsubishi company had been set up as a shipping specialist in 1870, operating in Toyko and soon diversifying out into other areas including coal mining and iron-milling. Closer to the turn of the century, the company had set itself up as an industry leading in a number of fields in manufacturing and commerce from steel and glass to banking and insurance. The rise of the company during this period was quite profound, to say the least.

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Mitsubishi workers with Model A automobiles in 1917

It wasn’t until 1917 that the company produced its first automobile, the Mitsubishi Model A. Looking back, the move into the automotive industry seemed inevitable with the company already active in related fields of production. There were a total of 22 Mitsubishi Model A vehicles built, all of which were handmade. Given the high costs of production compared to the competition, it was discontinued after just 4 years. In 1937 the company produced a four-wheel drive passenger sedan, but it wasn’t until well after the second world war  (which took its toll on Japanese industry) that the company found its niche.

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Mitsubishi Model A

The mass-market sedan Mitsubishi 500 was released in 1953, a time when wages were rising and demand for family motor vehicles was on the rise. Over the next 11 years, two other vehicles were produced including Minica kei car, Colt 1000 and the Mitsubishi Debonair, a larger luxury car. Within a few years, demand was extremely high with 70,000 vehicles being produced annually. The success continued with the various model being introduced until 1969 when the larger Mitsubishi company decided that a division that focused solely on the automotive industry should be created – and Mitsubishi Motors was officially born.

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The first Mitsubishi Minica by Mitsubishi Motor Company

It’s quite an origin story and some may be surprised by just how old the Mitsubishi brand is. In fact, the logo that we all know so well today was put together around 1870, well before Mitsubishi Motors was made official. If you’re in the market for a vehicle or want to find out more about the Mitsubishi story, feel free to contact the friendly team at Chadstone Mitsubishi.