Not to be confused with the crime syndicate; Zaibatsu Corporation, or the game developer Kaihatsu.

"A Japanese multinational conglomerate that manufactures cars, electronics, cruise missiles and just about every other product on the face of the planet. The definition of over-diversified."
―Description at Bawsaq.com.

The Maibatsu Corporation (Japanese Katakana: マイバツ) (BAWSAQ: MAI) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate that has appeared in every Grand Theft Auto game since Grand Theft Auto III, except for Grand Theft Auto Advance.

Overview

The player can buy stocks from them at the Bawsaq.com website in GTA V. The name "Maibatsu" is a portmanteau of Mitsubishi and Daihatsu, and is also similar in name to "Zaibatsu" (財閥), a Japanese term for a large conglomerate.

Appearances in games

3D Universe

HD Universe

Although the Maibatsu Corporation is most famous for the vehicles it manufactures, Maibatsu also manufactures, among many other things, electronics and cruise missiles.[2]

Vehicles

3D Universe

Image Vehicle Style Based on (3D Universe) Notes
MonstrosityUS.jpg

The Monstrosity in Grand Theft Auto III.

Monstrosity Full-size SUV/truck Mitsubishi Montero Only depicted in advertisements; Not seen on the road
Thunder Sports compact Only depicted in advertisements; Not seen on the road
Womb Minivan Unknown Only depicted in advertisements; Not seen on the road

HD Universe

Image Vehicle Style Based on (HD Universe) Notes
Frogger-GTAV-front.png

The Frogger in Grand Theft Auto V.

Frogger Transport Helicopter Eurocopter EC130 Grand Theft Auto V exclusive.
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The Manchez in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Manchez Dirt bike FX Bikes Mountain Moto FX5 Returns in the Bikers update for Grand Theft Auto Online.
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The Manchez Scout in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Manchez Scout Dirt bike Armstrong MT500 Introduced in the GTA Online: The Cayo Perico Heist update for Grand Theft Auto Online. Militarized version of the Manchez.
Mule-GTAV-front.png

The Mule in Grand Theft Auto V.

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The Mule in Grand Theft Auto V.

Mule3-GTAO-front.png

The Mule in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Mule Cabover box truck 1994-2004 Isuzu Elf Available in standard, ramp-door and armored "Heists" variants (the latter added in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update)
MuleCustom-GTAO-front.png

The Mule Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Mule Custom Custom cabover box truck Introduced in the GTA Online: After Hours update for Grand Theft Auto Online. Custom variant of the Mule.
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The Penumbra in Grand Theft Auto V.

Penumbra Sports Coupé Mitsubishi Eclipse 4G Grand Theft Auto V exclusive.
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The Penumbra FF in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Penumbra FF Sports Coupé Mitsubishi Eclipse 2G Added in the Los Santos Summer Special update for Grand Theft Auto Online.
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The Sanchez in Grand Theft Auto V.

Sanchez Dirt bike Yamaha YZ450F Dubbed Sanchez 2 in Southern San Andreas Super Autos website (GTA V)
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The Sanchez (livery) in Grand Theft Auto V.

Sanchez (livery) Dirt bike Based on the Sanchez.
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The Vincent in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Vincent Mid-size sedan 1996-2006 Mitsubishi Galant Grand Theft Auto IV exclusive.

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Trivia

  • The "Maibatsu Corporation" is likely a nod to the Zaibatsu Corporation, a massive corporation that plays a large role in Grand Theft Auto 2.
  • Maibatsu's description as an "over-diversified" company reflects Mitsubishi Group's incredibly diverse products, from cars (Mitsubishi Motors Corporation/MMC), heavy equipment (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries), aircraft, and home appliances.
  • The Maibatsu Monstrosity ad seen in the European GTA III handbooks is clearly a Ford F-250 body on a monster truck chassis, with almost no alterations to make it differ otherwise.

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