Japanese Rides & Mitsubishi Minica (Mitsubishi 360)

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Mitsubishi Minica


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In 1962, Mitsubishi introduced a Kei car for the domestic market in the shape of Minica. The car was assembled at Shin Heavy-Industries, one of the three regional of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. In all the three companies merged to a single company.

The Minica is as the oldest passenger car that not predates the company but still in

First Generation (1961-1969)


Mitsubishi 360 was regarded as the predecessor of the The 360 was a series of light trucks was first introduced by Mitsubishi in 1961. It was based on the Japanese Kei car tax The 360 was available with an air-cooled 359 cc, 17 hp (13 kW) mated to a 4-speed transmission. The vehicle version, named was launched in 1962.

After the launch of Minica, the 360 van and pickup went on together the Minica in production as well as Both the 360 and Minica were in competition with the then 360. Daihatsu Fellow Max and the Fronte.

Initially offered as van or light van, the pickup was later introduced with strange style. The 360 featured doors and a swage line. 360 and Minica received a facelift some minor changes and a new engine in 1964.

The Mitsubishi cab-over pickup truck was in August 1996 and came similar air cooled two-… 359 cc used in Minica. For convenience, cargo gates were Both Minica and 360 received an ME24D engine in May 1967.

The Super Deluxe version of 360 was in the lineup in September 1968. halted the production of 360 in 1969.

Generation (1969-1973)

In July the second generation Minica 70 was with some new features front and rear coil a five-link rigid rear and a 3-door sedan body a styling called ‘Wing-Flow The vehicle was offered with two 359 cc water-cooled 2-… powerplants, the Red 28 hp (21 kW) engine offered in Super or Sporty Deluxe and the Gold released in December 1969 with twin SU carburetors 38 hp (28 kW) offered as standard on SS and GSS sport

However, the basic Standard and models came with 26 hp (19 kW) ME24E air-cooled engine. In the company launched Minica

Third Generation (1972-1984)

In 1972, the third generation was unleashed by Mitsubishi as the Minica F4 It came with 359 cc OHC engine. It featured a liftable clam-shell window as found on the coupe.

The new Vulcan 2G21 MCA (Mitsubishi Air) engine was added in the in October 1973, though it was not as as its 2-… predecessor. The base came with six single-carb with 32 hp (24 kW), while the GS and GSL received twin-carb engine 36 hp (26 kW). Minica Ami was released in 1977.

Fourth Generation

Mitsubishi Minica

In February 1984, Mitsubishi the fourth generation Minica as front-wheel drive car. It was with 3- and 5-door configurations comparatively larger size and a beam/coil spring rear It received a new G23B engine timing belt instead of old timing chain.

A four-wheel drive model was in September 1985 featuring a rear axle. It was the first that was exported under the Mitsubishi Towny powered by a 783 cc engine mated to a 4-speed transmission. In the later years, the launched a 3-door panel van a 3-cylinder 796 cc engine and a 5-speed for export market.

Fifth (1989-1993)

The fifth generation was launched in January 1989 almost similar specifications in previous models. A new variant the Mitsubishi Lettuce was introduced the 3- and 5-door versions. The Lettuce had a door on the right, two doors on the and a liftgate.

The Dangan ZZ model received a mass-produced 5-valve cylinder later offered with aspirated version as well. In the company launched a 3-door MPV an optional 4-wheel drive, the Minica Toppo.

Sixth (1993-1998)

Sixth generation of saw the introduction of 3- and 5-door Minica Minica Toppo with wheelbase in September 1993. The offered 5-valve 3-cylinder were replaced by the 659 cc 4-cylinder variants including a naturally with single overhead cam and a 5-valve with double cam. Minica and Toppo retro-styled front ends in 1997 and sold under the ‘Town Bee’ and in Taiwan as

Seventh Generation

The seventh Minica was a hint larger its previous models and was first in October 1998. It was offered as a 3- and sedans featuring torsion rear suspension.

Four-wheel drive was an available Later, Mitsubishi Toppo BJ was as a 5-door MPV based on the similar though engine used was a double overhead cam, turbocharged engine. The retro-styled Bee and the Mitsubishi Toppo BJ Wide appeared in January 1999 by limited edition ‘Mitsubishi in December 1999.

October saw the launch of 5-door wagon of the Minica as Mitsubishi eK Wagon.

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