The Mitsubishi Pajero (pronounced /pəˈdʒɛroʊ/, Spanish: [paˈxeɾo], Japanese パジェロ [padʒeɽo]) is a sport utility vehicle manufactured bi Mitsubishi Motors. It wis named efter Leopardus pajeros, the Pampas Cat which inhabits the Patagonie plateau region in soothren Argentinae. Housomeivver, acause pajero is a slang term for "wanker" in the Spainyie leid, alternative names hae been adoptit for certain overseas markets. It is kent as the Mitsubishi Montero (meanin "muntain warrior") in Spain, Indie, an the Americas (except Brazil), an as Mitsubishi Shogun in the Unitit Kinrick.
Thanks tae their success, the Pajero, Montero an Shogun names wur an aa applied tae ither, mechanically unrelatit models, such as the Pajero Mini kei caur, the Pajero Junior an Pajero iO/Pinin mini SUVs, an the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero/Shogun Sport.
The first Pajero prototype wis unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 1973. The Pajero II prototype follaed in 1978, five years later. Mitsubishi’s aim wis tae create mair o a recreational vehicle, no juist an SUV.
In Januar 1983, the first Pajero made its debut at the Paris Dakar Rally, takin first place in 1985 at ae the third attempt. Tae date, the Pajero is the maist successful vehicle in the Dakar Rally. This no ae gave the Pajero an affroad reputation, but an aa helped in the sales depairtment.