A Brief History of Mitsubishi
The Mitsubishi company was established as a shipping firm by Iwasaki Yataro in 1870. The company took on many forms, including coal mining, banking, ship repair, paper, steel, glass, real estate, aircraft, oil, an iron mill, and marine insurance. Because of its conglomerate nature, Mitsubishi played a central role in the modernization of Japanese industry. In 1917, Mitsubishi produced the Mitsubishi Model A, the first mass-produced passenger car in Japan.
During World War II, Mitsubishi manufactured aircrafts for Japan. The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was used by Japanese Navy pilots throughout the war. After the Second World War, Mitsubishi was among a number of major Japanese companies targeted for dissolution during the occupation of Japan. It was broken up into a large number of smaller enterprises whose stock was offered to the public. Mitsubishi Motors immediately began producing cars again, including Fuso buses, a three-wheeled cargo car called the Mizushima, and a scooter called the Silver Pigeons. These restrictions were lifted in 1952, and Mitsubishi contributed to Japan’s economic growth in the 1950s and 1960s.
In the beginning of the 1960s, Mitsubishi released the Mitsubishi 500, the first mass-market sedan released from Mitsubishi after World War II. This was followed by Minica kei car in 1962 and the Mitsubishi Debonair, a luxury vehicle primarily used by Japanese executives, in 1964. The company was producing 75,000 vehicles annually. Mitsubishi Motor Company was formed on April 22, 1970 as a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries under the leadership of Tomio Kubo, a successful aircraft engineer.
Today’s Mitsubishi’s models include:
- Mitsubishi Outlander: The Outlander is a comfortable and spacious seven-seater compact SUV. The car has received top crash-test ratings. Today’s Outlander comes with many safety features such as Forward Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane-Departure Warning.
- Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: This crossover SUV comes with several quirky features, including two power sliding moonroof shades, two turn-signal noises, customizable speed of the interval of the rear wiper, a button that allows you to choose between Auto, Snow, and Gravel modes, adjustable airflow, and the time accessories run after the engine is turned off.
- Mitsubishi Mirage: The Mitsubishi Mirage is a subcompact that comes either as a sedan or a hatchback. It’s a fuel-efficient vehicle that boasts 37mpg on city and 43mpg on the highway. The latest model gets a new touchscreen display, a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity.
Your Trusted Shop for Mitsubishi Repair
When your Mitsubishi needs repairs, you can bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers. Our highly trained mechanics receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, and will offer you dealer quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing. Your car will go through an inspection and safety check, and all needed repairs will be thoroughly explained for your approval. We will never recommend repairs that aren’t absolutely necessary. So why not give us a try? If you are in Conyers or surrounding areas, schedule an appointment at Auto Tech Service Center today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 770-922-1480.