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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

First-Generation Mitsubishi Pajero Inducted Into Japan Automobile Hall Of Fame

The first-generation Mitsubishi Pajero has been recognized for its “superb contributions” to Japanese automotive history. This, as the SUV has been selected by the Japan Automobile Hall of Fame (JAHFA) as one of its “Historic Cars.”

The first Pajero was launched in 1982 as a full-fledged off-road 4WD vehicle that combined excellent off-road handling with the ease of use of a passenger car. It enjoyed the support of countless customers and established a solid position as one of the leaders of the recreational vehicle and 4WD booms in Japan.

A total of 3.25 million Pajeros were manufactured across its four generations until production came to an end in 2021. It has been exported to over 170 countries and is loved by fans around the globe. In Japan, the Pajero became one of Mitsubishi Motors’ iconic series, adding models such as the Pajero Mini kei-car to the lineup in 1994, the Pajero Junior compact SUV in 1995, and the Pajero iO compact SUV in 1998.

In the motor sports arena, the Pajero competed for the first time in the Dakar Rally, which has the reputation to be the world’s toughest rally raid, starting in 1983, and claimed an overall victory in 1985, the first ever for a Japanese vehicle. It competed in the rally 26 times in the years leading up to 2009 and took a total of 12 overall victories, including seven consecutive wins, demonstrating its excellent road handling and durability. The know-how obtained through its motor sports experience was leveraged to improve the product appeal of the Pajero and other production models. Its all-wheel control technologies as well as durability and reliability technologies live on as core technologies that make Mitsubishi Motors vehicles what they are.

Today, the Pajero Sport (aka Montero Sport) carries on the pedigree of the Pajero and is sold in over 80 countries around the world.


  1. Where is the Mitsubishi Pajero now? Not the Pajero Sport.

  2. My family used to own a 1983 3 door Pajero
    Really nice SUV


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