The Mitsubishi Model-A takes its place in Japanese history as a pioneer of the first mass-production passenger car.
PX33 is introduced as Japan's first 4-wheel drive production car. This was the origin of Mitsubishi 4WD technology.
Mitsubishi Motor's inaugural international motorsports event, the Macau Grand Prix (under 750cc class). Mitsubishi 500 sets a new course record and wins its class.
Mitsubishi begins building a reputation in America with the launch of the Colt under the Dodge nameplate.
Galant GTO launches in Japan, featuring the first 4G-series engine and setting the stage for development for the Lancer Evolution.
Mitsubishi enters the Colt F2000 Formula racecar and wins in a highly competitive Japanese open-wheel grand Prix. Mitsubishi applies aircraft technology to equip the Colt F2000 with a side radiator and wedge line.
Looking for the ultimate test of durability, Mitsubishi enters the Lancer 1600GSR in the East African Safari Rally and dominates the competition with a first-second-third place sweep.
Mitsubishi develops breakthrough Silent Shaft engine technology, leading to a patented method to reduce vibration in large-displacement four-cylinder engines. The technology allows four-cylinder engines to operate comparably with six-cylinder engines in terms of smoothness. Mitsubishi then licenses the technology to Porsche, Saab and Fiat.
Mitsubishi is the first to engineer a turbocharged diesel engine for passenger cars in Japan.
The Mitsubishi Motors marquee is introduced in America with three subsequent models: the Tredia, Cordia and Starion, and begins the development of Japanese turbocharged technology.
With his third appearance in the toughest race in the world, Patrick Zaniroli makes endurance race history by winning the Dakkar Rally with the Mitsubishi Montero/Pajero, the first of many rally wins to come.
Galant VR-4 becomes the first vehicle to feature Active Controlled Suspension (ECS). This revolutionary system enables a comfortable ride and handling stability by automatically adjusting the vehicle height and damping force.
Motor Trend magazine names the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Import Car of the year.
Mitsubishi is first in the world to design a Traction Control System.
The breakthrough 3000GT uses active aerodynamics to increase downforce at higher speeds, the first Japanese production vehicle to utilize this technology. Also equipped with innovative features such as six-cylinder twin-turbo engine, Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) and all-wheel steering.
Mitsubishi Motors launches the Eclipse in America with the turbocharged 4G63 engine and all-wheel drive technology. Makes Car and Driver's '10 Best List' from 1989 through 1992.
Second-generation Montero features technological advances, Multimode ABS and Active Trac 4WD, which enable the driver to switch between rear-wheel drive and full-time four-wheel drive while driving at up to 60mph.
Motor Trend magazine names the 3000GT VR-4 Import Car of the Year.