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Mitsubishi Motors North America
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research and development, marketing, and sales for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 360 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly efficient, affordably priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
6400 Katella Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630 USA
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
(MMNA) Manufacturing Division
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) Manufacturing Division began as Diamond-Star Motors in a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), Japan, and Daimler, in the fall of 1985. In 1991, MMC purchased Chrysler's 50 percent share and the plant became a wholly-owned American subsidiary of MMC. In 2001, Daimler acquired 37 percent of MMC. In January, 2001, all North American operations of Mitsubishi Motors were consolidated into Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA). The Manufacturing Division in Normal, IL represents Mitsubishi Motors' only passenger car assembly plant in North America. It is located approximately 150 miles south of Chicago.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.
2015 Center Square Rd.
Bridgeport, NJ 08085
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (itself a subsidiary of Daimler), offers a line of medium- and heavy-duty cabover trucks to the North American market with 170 dealers.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation
2-16-4, Konan, Minato-ku
Tokyo, 108-8285, Japan
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC), Japan-based company, a subsidiary of Daimler, is a manufacturer of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks. The company also manufactures large, medium, and small buses, bus chassis, and industrial engines and operates 5 manufacturing plants in Japan. Company was formed in 2003 by Daimler, Mitsubishi Motors, and other Mitsubishi group companies. Daimler owns 85%, Mitsubishi group remaining 15%.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and the Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in June 2012 on the mutual supply of light-duty trucks in Japan. The agreement involves the Fuso Canter light-duty truck (5 tonnes GVW) and the Nissan Atlas F24 (below 5 tonnes GVW.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation unveiled the names of their mini-cars that they co-developed for the Japanese market: the model names are Nissan DAYZ and DAYZ Highway STAR, and Mitsubishi eK Wagon and eK Custom.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of automobiles, parts and powertrains. It began as the motor vehicle division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., with the production of the first Mitsubishi automobile in 1917.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is the newest automobile manufacturer in Japan and one of the very few firms in the world that produces a full line of automobiles.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) Headquarters
33-8, Shiba 5-chome
|Name||Mitsubishi Motors Corporation|
|Established||April 22, 1970|
|Head office||33-8, Shiba 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8410 Japan|
|Number of employees||Consolidated 30,498 ; Non-consolidated 12,848|
|Purposes of incorporation||
(1) Development, design, manufacture, assembly, sales and purchase, importing and other transactions relating to automobiles and to component parts and replacement parts of said automobiles.
(2) Development, design, manufacture, assembly, sales and purchase, importing and other transactions relating to agricultural machinery and industrial engines and to component parts and replacement parts of said agricultural machinery and industrial engines.
(3) Sales and purchase of used automobiles as well as component parts, replacement parts and accessories of said used automobiles.
(4) Sales of measuring equipment.
(5) Acting as insurance agents in accordance with laws relating to property damage insurance and to automobile damage indemnity insurance.
(6) Financing business
(7) Any other business related to the purposes set out above.
Note: MMC is not currently engaged in agricultural machinery related business
|Shareholders||Mitsubishi group: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.,
Mitsubishi Corporation and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., hold over 34% of outstanding common stock.
|Chairman of the Board and CEO
|Osamu Masuko (As of 25 June, 2015)|
|President and COO
|Tetsuro Aikawa (As of 25 June, 2015)|
|Board of Management||Consists of 14 members (As of 25 June, 2015)|
|Net Sales||JPY 2,180.7 billion (in FY2014, consolidated)|
|Automotive Sales||1,090 thousands units|
|Products Sold in||More than 160 countries|
|Manufacturing Facilities||6 car manufacturing facilities in 4 countries (consolidated subsidiaries)
- Plus 12 car manufacturing facilities of affiliated companies and business partners in 11 countries and regions
- Plus 8 engine, transmission and parts manufacturing facilities in 5 countries (consolidated subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and business partners)
|Research & Development / Design||8 facilities in 5 countries(consolidated subsidiaries)|
|Subsidiaries and affiliates||42 consolidated subsidiaries
(Plus 21 equity method companies)
History of Mitsubishi Motors
1870 ·Tsukumo Shokai separates from the Tosa Clan. Yataro Iwasaki is named company chief.
1873 ·Company name changed to Mitsubishi Shokai.
1885 ·Yanosuke Iwasaki becomes president.
1887 ·Purchase of Government-owned Nagasaki Shipyard.
1893 ·Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha is established. Hisaya Iwasaki becomes president.
1905 ·Kobe Mitsubishi Shipyard begins operations.
1914 ·The trade mark of Mitsubishi (three-diamond) is registered.
1916 ·Koyata Iwasaki becomes president.
1917 ·Mitsubishi Shipyard is established.
·Start development of Model-A passenger car.
1921 ·Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturing is established.
1932 ·The "Mitsubishi Fuso bus" is developed.
1934 ·Mitsubishi Shipyard is renamed Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries.
1937 ·A prototype of PX33 military-use 4WD passenger car is produced.
1938 ·Tamagawa kiki Manufacturing (Maruko plant) is established.
1943 ·Mizushima Aircraft Manufacturing (later becomes Mizushima Plant) and Kawasaki kiki Manufacturing (Kawasaki plant) are established.
1944 ·Kyoto kiki Manufacturing is established in Uzumasa, which later becomes Kyoto Plant.
1946 ·Development of a small three-wheel cargo carrier, the "Mizushima" (XTM1) is completed. Fuso bus production is restarted.
·A scooter, the "Silver Pigeon" (C-10) is launched.
1948 ·Production of the industrial "Katsura" engine startes at Kyoto-kiki Manufacturing.
1950 ·Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries is split into East Japan Heavy-Industries (later became Mitsubishi Nihon Heavy-Industries), Central Japan Heavy-Industries (later became Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries) and West Japan Heavy-Industries (later became Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Engineering). Fuso Motor Sales is established.
1951 ·Assembly and sales of the Henry J passenger car (by East Japan Heavy-Industries until 1954).
·Central Japan Heavy-Industries concludes a contract with Willis for knockdown assembly of the Jeep.
1953 ·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries starts knockdown assembly of the Jeep.
·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries sets up the automobile department at its headquarters again.
1954 ·Kyoto Plant the first unit of domestic-made four-cylinder gasoline engine JH4 for the Jeep.
·Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy-Industries established the automobile department at its headquarters.
1955 ·The "Mizushima" small three-wheel cargo carrier is renamed "Mitsubishi-Go".
1960 ·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches the "Mitsubishi 500,"the first compact four-wheel passenger car.
1961 ·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches light four-wheel passenger cars, the "Mitsubishi 360 Van," and the "Mitsubishi 360 Pickup".
1962 ·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches the "Colt 600".
·The Okazaki test track is completed.
·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches a light four-wheel passenger car, the "Mitsubishi Minica".
·The "Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe" wins a class title in the 9th Macau Grand Prix.
1963 ·Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries launches the "Colt 1000".
1964 ·A Fuso mid-size truck is launched.
·The "Colt 1000" wins a class title in the 2nd Japan Grand Prix Auto Races.
·The three Heavy-Industries merge into Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mitsubishi Motor sales Corporation is established.
·A high-class passenger car, the "Debonair" is launched.
1965 ·A passenger car, the "Colt 1500" is launched.
1966 ·The "Colt Formula 3A" wins the 3rd Japan Grand Prix.
·A light four-wheel cab-over truck, the "Mitsubishi Minicab" is launched.
1967 ·The "Colt IIA" wins the formula car race in the 4th Japan Grand Prix Auto Races.
·The Colt 1000F won its class in the 2nd Australian Southern Cross Rally
1968 ·The "Colt FIIB" wins the 5th Japan Grand Prix Speed Cup Race.
·A partnership agreement with Isuzu Motors Ltd. is signed.(Terminated in 1969)
·The "Colt 1100F Sport" wins the 3rd Australian Southern Cross Rally.
1969 ·The automobile division is reorganized into the automobile operational headquarters.
·A cab-over-type commercial vehicle, the "Delica" is launched.
·The "Colt Galant" (with 4G3 Saturn engine onboard) is launched.
1970 ·The "Colt Galant GTO" (with 4G32 DOHC Saturn engine onboard) is launched.
·The initial basic contract on a joint venture with Chrysler is concluded.
·Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is established.
1971 ·Sales of the "Dodge Colt" start in North America
·The Colt F2000 wins the Japan Grand Prix Auto Race.
·The "Galant Coupe FTO" is launched.
1972 ·The "Minica F4" (with 2G2 Vulcan engine onboard) is launched.
1973 ·The "Lancer" is launched.
·The Galant 16L HT GS wins the 21st East African Safari Rally.
·The Lancer 1600GSR wins all titles in the 8th Australian Southern Cross Rally.
·A contract on giving technical assistance on the 4G36 engine to Hyundai Motor is concluded.
1974 ·Football Club, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. wins the All-Japan Soccer Championship, the Emperor's Cup.
1976 ·The symbol mark "M.M" is attached to new products.
·The "Galant Sigma" (with the 4G5 engine with silent shaft and 4 link rear suspension G32B MCA-JET engine onboard) is launched.
·The "Galant Lambda" is launched.
1977 ·The Nagoya Plant-Okazaki is completed.
·Europe Office (The Netherlands) is established.
·The 1st Mirage Bowl is held.
1978 ·A new sales channel,"Car Plaza" consisting of 109 companies (186 outlets) starts operations nationwide.
·The "Mirage" (with KM160 transmission with super-shift onboard) is launched.
1979 ·The patent rights on the silent shaft are licensed to Porsche AG.
·The Kyoto Plant-Shiga is completed.
·The total number of cars produced exceeds one million/year. (1.005 million exactly)
1980 ·The "Galant Sigma," "Eterna Sigma" (with the strut-type rear wheel independent suspension) is launched.
·The "Forte 4WD" (with the silent chain-type 4WD transfer onboard) is launched.
·The Beijing office is established.
1981 ·The "Lancer EX1800 Turbo" (with a gasoline turbo engine onboard) is launched.
·Mitsubishi Motor Sales America, Iuc. (MMSA) is established.
1982 ·Use of the MMC mark as the front emblem of newly launched cars starts.
·The "Tredia" and "Cordia" are launched.
·G12B MD engine(Modulated Displacement), ELC-3A/T.
·The "Pajero" is launched.
·The "Starion" is launched.
·Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation acquire a 10 % stake in Hyundai Motor.
·TAMACHI INC is established in Puerto Rico(Mitsubishi Motors Corporation have a 100 % stake in the company, which latter becomes MMSC).
·The test laboratory (exhaust gas test site) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the United States is completed.
1983 ·Pajeros take part in the Paris-Dakar rally for the first time and win the unmodified production class title, and finish first and second in the marathon racing. Pajeros also win the best team award for the triple crown.
·The "Chariot" is launched.
·G63B turbo engine with an intercooler.
·The "Galant Sigma," "Eterna Sigma" (with ECS/EPS/ECM onboard) is launched.
·Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM) conclude the agreement to establish a joint national car business. (Later the national car manufacturer becomes PROTON).
1984 ·The design center, test lab and parts depot in Cypress, California are completed.
·Ralliart is established.
·G63B DASH engine (200PS).
·The Starion 4WD wins the class title in the Milles Piste Rally held in France.
·Integration of Industries and Sales is put into practice.
1985 ·A contract on joint development of the Debonair with Hyundai Motor of Rep. of Korea is concluded.
·The Pajero enters the 7th Paris-Dakar Rally and wins the overall title.
·Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Chrysler reach an agreement to terminate and cancel the basic contract on a joint venture of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
·An agreement with Chrysler to set up a joint corporation for producing passenger cars in the United States is reached. (The company later becomes DSM).
1986 ·Mitsubishi Motors Corporation acquires a 19 % stake and Mitsubishi Corporation a 6 % stake in CMC Co.,Ltd. in Taiwan.
·The "Debonair V" (with 6G7 V6 engine onboard) is launched.
·Shipment of V6 engines to Chrysler starts.
1987 ·UDMI and SMC in Thailand merge and MSC is established.
·PAMCOR is set up in the Philippines.
·Basic partnership agreement with Daimler Benz including sales of Mercedes-Benz in Japan and production of commercial vehicles in Europe is reached
·Use of the mark of three-diamond as emblems for cars for the domestic market resumes.
·The "Mirage 3-door Hatchback" is launched.
·The "Galant" (with 4G6 DOHC 4-valve engine, VCU-type full-time 4WD, active ECS 4-wheel integrated control system onboard) is launched.
·The Galant is voted '87-'88 Japan Car of the Year.
1988 ·The production line of the "Eclipse" at DSM starts operations.
1989 ·The "Minica" is launched.
·3G81 DOHC 5-valve engine.
·HCU-type Full-time , SWD.
·Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME) is established.
·The Mitsubishi Auto Gallery opens at the Nagoya Plant-Okazaki, where famous Mistubishi cars are exhibited.
·Galant VR-4 wins the overall titles in WRC1000 Lake Rally and RAC Rally.
1990 ·The "Minica Toppo" is launched.
·The "Diamante" is launched.
·Operations of the football club are transferred from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
·The "GTO" is launched(6G72 DOHC twin-turbo engine).
·The Diamante and Sigma are voted '90-'91 Japan Car of the Year.
1991 ·The "Pajero" is launched(Super-select 4WD, Multi-mode ABS).
·4G15 MVV engine.
·The Lancer Van electric vehicle.
·The "RVR" is launched(Inner-rail sliding door).
·Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, the Dutch government and Volvo of Sweden conclude a joint passenger car production plan. Netherlands Car is established in the same year.
1992 ·Pajeros finish first, second and third in the overall category of the Paris-Cape town rally.
·The "Galant," "Eterna" and "Emeraude" are launched.
·The first generation of the "Lancer Evolution" is launched.
·The "Debonair" is launched.
·INVECS 4-wheel multi-link suspension.
·4G92 MIVEC engine.
·Distance Warning System, Passenger airbag.
·Football Club, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is established.
1993 ·Power window with safety features.
·Chrysler sells off its stock holdings of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
1994 ·The "Libero EV" is launched for use at public offices and corporations.
·The "Delica Spacegear" is launched.
·The "FTO" is launched.
·The "FTO" is voted '94-'95 Japan Car of the Year.
·The "Pajero Mini" is launched.
1995 ·Mass production of the "Carisma" starts at Netherlands Car.
·Toyo Koki is renamed Pajero Manufacturing.
·DSM is renamed to MMMA.
·An advanced safety vehicle, the "Mitsubishi ASV" is developed.
·MSC in Thailand unveils the "L200 Strada".
1996 ·A research and development company is established in the United States.
·The Tama Design Center is established.
·The "Challenger" is launched.
·The "Galant" and "Legnum" are launched.
·Gasoline Deirect Injection Engine (GDI).
·The "Carisma" manufactured at Netherlands Car is launched.
·The "Galant" and "Legnum" are voted '96-'97 Japan Car of the Year.
·Mitsubishi Motors Tokachi Proving Ground in Hokkaido is completed.
1997 ·A joint venture is established for manufacturing engines in Shenyang, China.
1998 ·The "Pajero iO" is launched.
·The "Mirage Dingo" is launched.
·Special Edition of the Jeep is launched to commemorate the end of its production.
1999 ·An electric vehicle (EV) runs 2000 km in 24 hours for a world record (Officially registered with Guinness Book of Records).
2000 ·Capital alliance with DaimlerChrysler.
2001 ·The "Airtrek" is launched.
·Closure of the Nagoya Plant-Oe is announced.
·Separation of AT and CVT businesses from Mitsubishi Motors proper and business integration with JATCO Trans Technology are announced.
·The "eK Wagon" is launched.
2002 ·Integration of the sales networks of the two sales channels, Galant and Car Plaza, is announced.
·The "Colt" is launched.
2003 ·Passenger car business in North America is integrated into Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA).
·Truck and bus business is spun off and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation is established.
·The headquarters moves to a new location in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
·The "Grandis" is launched.
2004 ·The capital alliance with DaimlerChrysler is dissolved.
·The Business Revitalization Plan is announced.
·The "Colt Plus" is launched.
· The company transfers its 20% holding in Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation to DaimlerChrysler.
2005 ·The Mitsubishi Motors Revitalization Plan is announced.
·Development of a new-generation electric vehicle is announced.
·The pickup truck TRITON, a global strategic vehicle produced in Thailand, is launched
·New corporate slogan "Pursuing the Origins of Car Engineering" is announced.
·The "Outlander" is launched.
2006 ·The "i" is launched.
·The Environment Initiative Program 2010 is established.
·The new "eK Wagon" is launched.
·The "Pajero Forest and Local Mountain Restoration" initiative is commenced.
·The new "Pajero" is launched.
·Mitsubishi Motors places an exhibit in Kidzania
·New-generation electric vehicle i-MiEV, commencement of joint research with Japanese electric power companies.
·The "i" is awarded the Good Design Grand Prize 2006.
·The "i" is chosen as the RJC Car of the Year 2007.
·The "i" is awarded the Car of the Year Japan 2006-2007 "Most Advanced Technology" Special Achievement Award.
2007 ·2007 Mitsubishi Motors achieves its 7th consecutive win and 12th overall victory in the Dakar Rally.
· The headquarters moves to a new location in Tamachi, Tokyo.
·A flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) is launched in Brazil.
·The "Delica D:5" is launched.
·The "Galant Fortis" is launched.
·The "Lancer Evolution X" is launched.
·The "Lancer Evolution X" is awarded a special prize in Car of the Year Japan 2007-2008.
·GS Yuasa Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation establish a joint venture company, "Lithium Energy Japan".
2008 ·Mid-Term Business Plan "Step Up 2010" is announced.
·Production in Australia is ended.
·MMC concludes a joint venture agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen for local production of vehicles in Russia.
·New-generation electric vehicle "i-MiEV" provided for official use at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
·New corporate tagline "Drive@earth" is announced.
·MMC makes an Eco-First Commitment in the Eco-First system established by the Ministry of the Environment.
·The new "Toppo" is launched.
·The "Galant Fortis Sportback" is launched.
2009 ·The headquarters showroom opens.
·Compressed natural gas van "Minicab CNG" is launched.
·New-generation electric vehicle "i-MiEV" is launched on the market
·The "Mitsubishi Motors Group Environmental Vision 2020" is established.
·The European production bases achieve cumulative production of one million units.
·Mitsubishi Motors starts taking advance orders for the new-generation electric vehicle "i-MiEV" due to go on sale to individuals in fiscal 2010.
· MMC signs a cooperative agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen for partnership on electric vehicles.
·The "i-MiEV" wins the 2009-2010 Car of the Year Japan's "Most Advanced Technology" Special Achievement Award.
2010 ·The "RVR" ("ASX" or "Outlander Sport" in some markets) is launched.
·Sales of the "i-MiEV" to individuals begins in Japan.
·PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation begin production at their jointly owned plant in Kaluga, Russia.
·Mitsubishi Motors Thailand marks 2,000,000th vehicle produced.
2011 ·The "i-MiEV" goes on sale in 15 European countries.
·Jump 2013 mid-term business plan is announced.
·New painting facility is established at the Nagoya Plant.
·The "Delica D:2" is launched in Japan.
·NMKV Co., Ltd, a new minicar joint venture with Nissan is established.
·The "Delica D:3" and "Delica Van" are launched in Japan.
·The "MINICAB-MiEV" commercial electric vehicle is launched in Japan.
·The North American-spec "i-MiEV" is launched in the United States.
2012 ·"MiEV Power BOX" 1500 watt power feeder for electric vehicles is launched in Japan.
·The EV Research & Development Center is established.
·Operation of the M-tech Labo smart grid demonstration system begins at the Nagoya Plant.
·Production of the "Mirage" begins in Thailand.
·The "Proudia" and the "Dignity" luxury sedans are launched in Japan.
·Full scale production begins at joint-venture PCMA Rus assembly plant with PSA Peugeot Citroen in Kaluga, Russia.
·Agreement to transfer shares of its subsidiary European production site Netherlands Car B.V. signed.
·Production of the "Outlander Sport" begins in the United States.
·The "Mirage" is launched.
·The "i-MiEV Evolution" all-electric race car takes 2nd place at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the United States.
·GAC Mitsubishi Motors Co., Ltd., commences operation in Changsha, China.
·All-new "Outlander" mid-size SUV is launched.
·Production in Europe ends.
2013 ·The "MINICAB-MiEV TRUCK" commercial electric vehicle is launched in Japan.
·The "Outlander PHEV" is launched in Japan.
·Mitsubishi Motors Thailand exports 2,000,000 vehicles.
·The "eK Wagon" and "eK Custom" are launched in Japan.
·New Stage 2016 mid-term business plan is announced.
·The "Plug-in Hybrid EV System" wins RJC Technology of the Year 2014
·The "Outlander PHEV" mid-size SUV wins Innovation Award in the Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014
·Office in Nairobi, Kenya is established
2014 ·The "eK Space" is launched in Japan.
·The "MINICAB TRUCK", "MINICAB Van" commercial minicar and "Townbox" passenger minicar are launched in Japan.
·Mitsubishi Motors Thailand opens the proving ground for strengthening R&D functions.
·Mitsubishi Motors Philippines transfers the headquarts and production plant to enhance production structure.
·The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014 - the "MiEV Evolution III" wins Electric Modified Division honors.
·Mitsubishi Motors launches all-new "Triton" pickup truck in Thailand.
·The Nagoya Plant marks 5,000,000th vehicle produced.