Mitsubishi Motors is a multinational automaker headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. In 2011, Mitsubishi Motors was the sixth biggest Japanese automaker and the sixteenth biggest worldwide by production.
Mitsubishi’s automotive origins date back to 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding introduced the Mitsubishi Model A, Japan’s first series-production automobile. An entirely hand-built seven-seater sedan based on the Fiat Tipo 3, it proved expensive compared to its American and European mass-produced rivals, and was discontinued in 1921 after only 22 had been built.
Mitsubishi has almost half a century of international motorsport experience, predating even the incorporation of MMC. Beginning with street races in the early 1960s, the company found itself gravitating towards the challenge of off-road racing. It dominated endurance rallies in the 1970s, the Dakar Rally from the ’80s, and the Group A and Group N classes of the World Rally Championship through the ’90s. Ralliart (later Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports), was Mitsubishi’s racing subsidiary, although the company ceased competing formally in 2010.
Minato, Tokyo, Japan.