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Maibatsu corporate logo in Grand Theft Auto IV

The Maibatsu Corporation is a Japanese automaker that has appeared in every Grand Theft Auto game since Grand Theft Auto III except for Grand Theft Auto Advance. The name "Maibatsu" is derived from Daihatsu and Mitsubishi, and is also similar in name to "Zaibatsu" (財閥), a Japanese term for a large conglomerate.


Appearances in games

  • Grand Theft Auto III: Maibatsu runs a radio ad for the Monstrosity, a very large SUV with extremely bad fuel efficiency (as low as 3 MPG).
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City: On the talk radio station VCPR. Jonathan Freeloader mentions Enviromental Week which is sponsored by Maibatsu and the Vice City Power Corporation. Maibatsu runs a sexually provocative ad on the radio to promote the Thunder.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Maibatsu takes out an ad on the radio encouraging parents to buy their kids cars instead of bicycles.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories: Maibatsu runs an ad for the Womb, a minivan designed for men. It features a cooler for beer and a television on the dashboard among its features.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories: In the Vice City Inquirer, the Buy American Coalition asks readers to "take a mallet to a Maibatsu today".
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The corporation is more blatantly based on Mitsubishi. Maibatsu now produces the Mule truck, Sanchez dirtbike, and Vincent sedan.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars: Maibatsu doesn't make any notable appearance in Chinatown Wars aside from the presence of the Sanchez dirtbike.

Vehicles in GTA III Era

An ad for the Maibatsu Monstrosity (actually the Landstalker).
Vehicle Style Based on (GTA III) Notes
Monstrosity SUV/Truck Ford Explorer (American Version) Ford F250 regular cab (European Version)
Thunder Compact Unknown Only depicted in advertisements; Not seen on the road
Womb Minivan Unknown Only depicted in advertisements; Not seen on the road

Vehicles in GTA IV Era

Vehicle Style Based on (GTA IV) Notes
Mule Midsize Truck 1994-2004 Isuzu Elf
Sanchez Dirtbike Yamaha YZ450F
Vincent Sedan 1999-2003 Mitsubishi Galant


The "Maibatsu Corporation" is likely a nod to the Zaibatsu Corporation a massive corporation that plays a large role in Grand Theft Auto 2.


This article uses material from the "Maibatsu Corporation" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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