Mitsubishi's Pajero Recognized as Historic Car

Mitsubishi's Pajero Recognized as Historic Car


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is proud to announce that their first-generation Pajero, introduced in 1982, has received a prestigious honor. The Pajero is now considered a "historic car" because the Japan Automobile Hall of Fame (JAHFA) thinks it played a big role in making Japanese cars better and more popular.

The Pajero's Debut in 1982: A Game-Changer

The Pajero, upon its 1982 debut, revolutionized the automotive landscape. By providing a fully functional off-road 4WD vehicle that blended outstanding off-road capabilities with the ease of use one would expect from an ordinary automobile, it represented a substantial change from standard passenger cars. This odd mix captured the attention of many customers, and the Pajero quickly became well-known in Japan's 4WD and leisure car industries.

Global Impact and Popularity

The Pajero's appeal extended far beyond Japan's borders. With a total of 3.25 million Pajeros produced across four generations until its production ceased in 2021, this iconic vehicle was exported to over 170 countries and developed a global fan base. In Japan, the Pajero series expanded to include models like the Pajero Mini kei-car (1994), the Pajero Junior compact SUV (1995), and the Pajero iO compact SUV (1998), further solidifying its status as one of Mitsubishi Motors' iconic lineups.

Pajero's Triumphs in Motorsports

The Pajero demonstrated its abilities on the racecourse in addition to its success on the streets. It debuted in the arduous Dakar Rally in 1983, which is recognized as one of the world's hardest rally raids. In a remarkable accomplishment, the Pajero won the race overall in 1985, becoming the first Japanese car to win this difficult race. Over the years leading up to 2009, it participated in the Dakar Rally 26 times and claimed 12 overall victories, including an impressive streak of seven consecutive wins. This remarkable track record highlighted the Pajero's exceptional road-handling capabilities and unwavering durability.

Legacy and Technological Advancements

In addition to bringing home medals, the Pajero's experience in motorsports taught us important lessons. The Pajero and other production models were effectively improved by utilising the information and experience obtained from these racing experiences. The vehicle's durability and dependability attributes, along with its all-wheel control technology, evolved into core features that still characterise Mitsubishi Motors' automobiles today.

Continuing the Legacy: Pajero Sport

The Pajero legacy endures with the Pajero Sport, a cross-country SUV available in over 80 countries worldwide. Mitsubishi Motors' two primary objectives are to improve driving experiences and instill a feeling of adventure in its drivers. Their objective is to produce vehicles that are safer, more enjoyable to drive, and more ecologically sustainable. The latest addition to their lineup, the Pajero, keeps its tough and adventurous spirit while adding the latest technology.


The fact that the Pajero is now in the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame as a "Historic Car" shows how important it has been in the car world and how it represents Mitsubishi Motors' dedication to making great cars,