Mitsubishi's history can be traced back as far as 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. introduced the Model A, Japan's first production car. The Model A was an entirely hand-built seven-seater sedan based on the Fiat Tipo 3, however it proved expensive and was discontinued after only 22 were produced.
At the end of the Second World War Japans large industrial groups were dismantled by order of the Allied powers and Mitsubishi was split into three regional companies, each with an involvement in motor vehicle development. Japan's major need at this time was for commercial vehicles, the situation was complicated further by a severe fuel shortage in the early years. As a result 1946 saw the launch of a bus which could run on either petrol or alternative fuels, then in 1947, an electric bus.
Through the 1960's, 70's & 80's Mitsubishis growth came initially from producing Family cars such as the 500 a mass market family saloon car. Then growth was further fuelled by success with the Gallant and Lancer in international rallying, demonstrating the qualities of performance and reliability for which they are known today.
During the 90's and into the Millenium's Mitsubishi continued to dominate the world rally scene with their 4x4 technology.
The best selling vehicle in the UK for Mitsubishi is the L200, in 2007 it had a Market share over 35%.
Mitsubishi's remain a popular vehicle due to their ongoing success on the World Rally scene and their impressive 4x4 track record. If you have Mitsubishi for sale then selling it shouldn't pose too much of a problem even in the challenging 4x4 market of today.