As a Japanese shipbuilding company, Mitsubishi had a long history prior to its more popular profile nowadays of manufacturing some of the world’s most renowned automobiles. Back in the year 1870, just two years after the Japanese Meiji restoration, financier and shipping industrialist Yataro Iwasaki founded Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Mitsubishi Shokai).
In the early 20th century, Mitsubishi then began to explore land transportation and the world of cars, thus prompting the creation of Mitsubishi Model A - a car that many regard as Japan’s first series production automobile. Fast-forward to 1970, and the official automotive arm of the now well-known Mitsubishi Group was established. Named as the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC / Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo), it rose to fame as quickly as its automobiles sped to success on the road and on the track.
Here in the Philippines, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) is one of the country’s longest automotive manufacturer in operation. Operations began in May 5, 1964 with the formerly Chrysler Philippines Corporation.
Today, MMPC prides itself as one of the country’s most competitive automotive manufacturers. Excelling great figures in most of the country’s automotive industry categories, MMPS boasts of a competitive line-up, featuring the Mirage/Mirage G4, Lancer, ASX, Outlander, Fuzion, Montero Sport, Pajero, Strada, L200, L300 FB, and its line-up of FUSO and ROSA Commercial Trucks and Buses.
In February 2015, MMPC officially moved its assembly plant in Cainta, Rizal to Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The new facility has a capacity of producing 50,000 units per year, expandable to 100,000 units per year.