2023 witnessed the induction of four historical heritage cars into the prestigious Japan Automobile Hall of Fame. Among these esteemed vehicles were the Automo (1925), Datsun Bluebird (type 510) / DATSUN 510 (1967), Mazda 787B (1991), and the iconic Mitsubishi Pajero (1982).
The Mitsubishi Pajero, developed as a versatile multi-purpose vehicle, revolutionized the market for four-wheel-drive vehicles. With its exceptional ability to navigate rough terrains while providing the comfort and drivability of a passenger car, the Pajero opened up new possibilities for adventure enthusiasts and off-road enthusiasts alike.
Not only did the Pajero make a mark in the automotive industry, but it also left an indelible impression in the world of motorsports. The first-generation Pajero achieved a significant milestone by securing the first overall victory for a Japanese vehicle in the renowned Dakar Rally in 1985. This triumph marked the beginning of Mitsubishi's dominance in the rally, with the Pajero claiming a total of 11 victories, including an impressive seven consecutive wins.
Despite the production of the Mitsubishi Pajero coming to an end in 2021, its legacy continues to be celebrated in the Land of the Rising Sun. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation proudly announces that the first-generation Pajero, affectionately known as the Pajero "box type" in PH, has been officially recognized by the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame as one of its Historic Cars.
The selection of the Pajero for this prestigious honor is a testament to its significant contributions to Japanese automotive history. When it was first introduced in 1982, the Pajero seamlessly combined rugged off-road capabilities with the comfort and convenience of a passenger car, setting the stage for the emergence of the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment.
As we celebrate the induction of the Mitsubishi Pajero into the Japan Automobile Hall of Fame, we pay tribute to its remarkable achievements and its enduring impact on the automotive industry.