The Mitsubishi company was established as a shipping firm by Yataro Iwasaki (1834–1885) in 1870. In 1873, its name was changed to Mitsubishi Shokai . The name Mitsubishi consists of two parts: "mitsu" meaning "three" and "hishi" (which becomes "bishi" under rendaku) meaning "water caltrop" (also called "water chestnut"), and hence "rhombus", which is reflected in the company's logo. It is also translated as "three diamonds". Mitsubishi's automotive origins date back to 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. 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. In 1934, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding was merged with the Mitsubishi Aircraft Co., a company established in 1920 to manufacture aircraft engines and other parts. The unified company was known as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and was the largest private company in Japan. MHI concentrated on manufacturing aircraft, ships, railroad cars and machinery, but in 1937 developed the PX33, a prototype sedan for military use. It was the first Japanese-built passenger car with full-time four-wheel drive, a technology the company would return to almost fifty years later in its quest for motorsport and sales success.

Mitsubishi's Foundations Underpinned by Strong Sense of Honor. Yataro, Yanosuke, Hisaya, Koyata
Yataro Iwasaki (1835-1885) Yataro was the bold and ambitious entrepreneur who started Mitsubishi.
Yanosuke Iwasaki (1851-1908) Yanosuke took over leadership of Mitsubishi on the death of his elder brother, Yataro.
Hisayae Iwasaki (1865-1955) Hisaya ran Mitsubishi for 22 years. The third Iwasaki president put the company on the path of modernization in both technology and corporate culture.
Koyata Iwasaki (1879-1945) Koyata was the fourth and last president of a unified Mitsubishi.
1998 Fuso SuperGreat Military Truck 6x6
Type 73 Kogata The Type 73 Kogata light utility vehicle was developed by Mitsubishi as a replacement for the previous model.
It is based on commercially available Mitsubishi Pajero. Its production commenced in 1996. This vehicle is officially known as the 1/2 ton truck in the JGSDF service. It is used in large numbers.
Pajero - model was the origin of Mitsubishi 4WD (1982).
Fuso History In 1951, Mitsubishi's Kawasaki Plant developed and produced the W11, 6 x 6 towing truck. Utilizing this W11 as a base, dump trucks with DB diesel engines were produced, and at the same time, W13 truck cranes and W14 six ton tractors were produced and introduced to the National Security Force and civil engineering companies. The W1 series, which had started with W11 trucks, formed the foundation of Mitsubishi Fuso's specialized vehicles, such as towing trucks, dump trucks, crane carriers, and tractors. The W2s, developed in 1953, were even larger AWD trucks than the W1s.
Fuso History The first generation Canter was introduced to the small truck market in March of 1963.
Canter Fuso FULL-TIME 4WD
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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