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A Mitsubishi Delica D:5 minivan presented during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan
Mitsubishi Delica D:5 | Junko Kimura/Getty Images

The Mitsubishi Delica is a lineup of van and truck models produced and sold by the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Delica vans and trucks have been exported to various international and global markets from Japan. However, the United States, and the rest of North America, only saw the third generation (1986-1994) arrive at its shores.

The first generation of the Mitsubishi Delica (a contraction of the words delivery and car) premiered in 1968 and incorporated design elements from cab-over vans and pickup trucks. It was offered in pickup truck, cargo van, and passenger van builds. Additionally, in some export markets, the Delica was rebadged as the Mitsubishi Colt, Express, or Starwagon.

The Mitsubishi Delica D:5 monobox minivan, the fifth generation of the lineup, was unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. It went into production in 2007 and received a facelift for the 2019 model year. The current and past competitors of the Delica include the Mazda Bongo, the Nissan NV200, the Suzuki Solio, and the Toyota HiAce.

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  • 2021 Mitsubishi Delica (Starting MSRP JP¥3,913,800/≈$37,600)
  • Pros: The Mitsubishi Delica van models offer a versatile interior for cargo or passenger purposes, provide unique styling inside and out, and provide a lot of space in a compact build that still works for congested city roads.
  • Cons: Will built compact to work well in crowds, the performance of the Delica suffers, with poor 4×4 capability and mediocre turning. Additionally, early Delica models boasted problematic diesel powertrains that provide sluggish acceleration.
  • See Also: HiAce

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