Mitsubishi light-duty trucks history is the Mitsubishi Canter model history. This truck has become the most extensive manufacturing truck whenever produced by the Japanese Company.
Mitsubishi Canter history started in 1962. That was the year when Mitsubishi T720 light delivery truck was designed and prepared for the market. Right the next 1963 year the model that boasted of 4 tons carrying capacity was put on the market. The truck was provided with four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel engine capable of 68 hp at 4200 revolutions per minutes. In 1968 the model was seriously restyled. It was provided with 75-hp diesel power plant and with a middle class Jupiter truck chassis configuration. Now it was called T90. There is also an extended wheelbase truck featuring gasoline powered engine in the Canter range. In 1972 Canter carrying capacity was increased to 3.5 tons.
In 1973 third generation Canter made its debut. It was T200 provided either with gasoline powered engine that put out 100 or 92 hp or with 80-horsepower diesel power plant.
In 1978 Mitsubishi Canter was once again restyled. 90-hp diesel engine was introduced and a new extended width modification entered the model range.
80-horsepower diesel engine of 1.5 ton carrying capacity modification and a 3.5 ton one with wide cab were introduced in 1980. A truck with a duplex cab was put on the market a year later.
From 1982 Mitsubishi Canter was provided with turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine that put out 120 hp and in 1984 an automatic transmission model came into the market.
In 1985 Mitsubishi Canter exterior was dramatically changed. Power plants range at that time included 110-horsepower direct-injection diesel engine and a modernized 4D32T capable of 130 hp. In 1986 all-wheel drive modification Canter FG was introduced. It had two cabs to choose from, a standard and a wide ones.
The same year all-wheel drive Mitsubishi Canter became the first Japanese truck to have entered Australian Wynn`s Safari Rally.
In 1993 Mitsubishi Canter was once again restyled. The main emphasis was laid on comfort and ease of control increase. Mitsubishi Canter gas engine modification was introduced in a year.
In 2002 Mitsubishi Canter truck another restyling took place.Volkswagen Golf