Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Mitsubishi) is a Japanese automotive brand whose parent company, the Mitsubishi Group, was established in 1870. The first automobile, the Model A based on the Italian Fiat Tipo 3, were produced in 1917.
The PX33, a military sedan with full time four-wheel drive, was introduced in 1936.
Chrysler bought a 15% share in Mitsubishi and started selling the Mitsubishi Galant as a Dodgle Colt in the US from 1970 to 1976 and as the Dodge Challenger/Plymouth Sapporo from 1978 to 1983.
Mitsubishi started to sell Mitsubishi vehicles under its own brand in the US in 1982 with the Cordia, Starion and Tredia, but they were also sold under the Chrysler umbrella as Dodge and Plymouth.
A joint car plant with Chryser was started in Illinois in 1986. Chrysler increased its share in Mitsubishi to above 20% in 1988, but had diminished all its holdings by 1993.