Mitsubishi markets the SUV as the Montero in Spain and the Americas (except for Brazil and Jamaica) and as the Shogun in the United Kingdom And in South Africa as Pajero Gen 2 suv. However, the Montero is no longer sold in North America as of late 2006. The Pajero nameplate derives from Leopardus pajeros, the Pampas cat.
The Pajero has earned a respected legacy in rally and are particularly noted for having won the Dakar Rally 12 times, having the highest number of Dakar Rally stage wins (nearly twice that of the nearest competitor) and seizing 80% of Dakar Rally podium finishes from 2001-2005. Records for which Mitsubishi earned a place in the Guinness World Records.
Due to their success, the Pajero, Montero and Shogun names were also applied to other, mechanically unrelated models, such as the Pajero Mini kei car, the Pajero Junior and Pajero iO/Pinin mini SUVs, and the Pajero/Montero/Shogun Sport mid-size SUVs.