News about Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric have surfaced in recent weeks about two new concepts popping up at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. After a little digging, we’ve found some old concepts that have a striking similarity to the ones we’re seeing now, one of which actually made it to production. We’ll get to that a bit later, but for now, take a look at the Tokyo Motor Show and other possibilities set forth by Mitsubishi Motors.
The Tokyo Motor Show
Yes, the Tokyo Motor Show is the next big auto show happening in the world, and being a biennial auto show, not to be confused with biannual, the show takes place every other year. The auto show is held between late October to early November and is hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Being a platform for many more concepts than an introduction for vehicles going into production, this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is brimming with possibilities. Alongside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, the (Frankfurt) International Motor Show in Germany, and the Paris Motor Show, the Tokyo Motor Show is one of the big five the auto press look forward to.
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This year, Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating their 100-year Anniversary. It’s quite the milestone for any company, and it makes one think back on how it all started. Even moreso, where is the motor company heading now? Before thinking about the future, we need to take a step back to where it all began.
Mitsubishi Motors was born in the early 1900s, and their very first automobile was the Mitsubishi Model-A. Not a fancy name, but the vehicle was designed for luxury and important people. Sort of like horse-drawn carriages, one would expect someone important is traveling, so it makes sense. We don’t expect many of our readers to remember the world 100 years ago, but if you do, you might remember World War I was being fought.
In 1961 Mitsubishi found their passion … racing. They entered and set a track record at an international motorsports event with their new vehicle, the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe. However, even with international acknowledgement, Mitsubishi was still mostly in Japan in the 60’s, and it would be a little while until they came to America. Here in the states, you may remember Martin Luther King Jr, the top Soul Brother that changed a country.
Here’s when Mitsubishi started to really make a name for themselves, research electric vehicle technology, and shortly after becoming the first automaker to massively market an electric vehicle. This is also the year they came to America, but to break the ice, their vehicle was bought and sold by Dodge under the veil of the Dodge Colt for more than 20 years. The 1970s were largely a time of change with many people of color and gender fighting for their rights, and protests against the ongoing Vietnam War.
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