Mitsubishi eK

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Mitsubishi eK
Mitsubishi eKwagon 2004.jpg
2004 Mitsubishi eK Wagon
Overview
Manufacturer
Also called
  • Mitsubishi eK:
  • Nissan Otti (2005–2013)
  • Nissan Dayz (2013–present)
  • Mitsubishi eK Space:
  • Nissan Dayz Roox (2014–present)
Production
  • October 2001 – present (eK)
  • February 2014 – present (eK Space)
AssemblyJapan: Kurashiki, Okayama (Mizushima plant)
Body and chassis
ClassKei car
Body style5-door hatchback
Layout
Chronology
Predecessor

The Mitsubishi eK is a kei car series from Mitsubishi Motors, based on the long-running Minica, and first introduced on October 11, 2001. According to the company, the "eK" name stands for "excellent keijidōsha" or "excellent minicar".[1]

Immediately upon its release it was the recipient of the "Good Design Award" by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2001.[2] While the initial sales target was 10,000 units per month, it sold 13,000 in its first four days, and 20,000 by the end of October 2001.[3][4] It is Mitsubishi's highest volume model in the Japanese domestic market,[5] and total sales to 2005 are approximately 480,000.[6] In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza. Since June 8, 2005, Nissan Motors has received 36,000 eK Wagons annually from Mitsubishi, to be sold within the domestic market as the Nissan Otti.[7] The Otti was replaced by the Nissan Dayz and Nissan Dayz Highway Star on June 6, 2013, although the Otti was still sold alongside the Dayz until being discontinued on June 28, 2013.

In April 2016, MMC admitted that its employees had falsified fuel efficiency data for the eK Wagon, eK Space, Nissan Dayz and Nissan Dayz Roox.[8] The resultant scandal culminated in Nissan acquiring a controlling interest in MMC the following month.[9]

Mitsubishi eK logo

First generation (H81/H91/NA0; 2001–2006)[edit]

First generation (H81/H91/NA0)
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Overview
Also calledNissan Otti
Production
  • October 2001 – September 2006 (eK series)
  • June 2005 – October 2006 (Otti)
Powertrain
Engine658 cc 3G83 I3 (petrol)
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,340 mm (92.1 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,550–1,600 mm (61.0–63.0 in)
Curb weight790–910 kg (1,742–2,006 lb)

In its first generation, it was available either as an eK Wagon (introduced on October 11, 2001), eK Sport (introduced on September 2, 2002), eK Classy (introduced on May 26, 2003) or eK Active (introduced on May 25, 2004). A facelifted eK Wagon was introduced on December 20, 2004. On December 20, 2005, the eK Classy was discontinued.

Second generation (H82/H92/NA1; 2006–2013)[edit]

Second generation (H82/H92/NA1)
2006-2008 Mitsubishi eK.jpg
2006–2008 Mitsubishi eK
Overview
Also calledNissan Otti
Production
  • September 2006 – February 2013 (eK series)
  • October 2006 – June 2013 (Otti)
Powertrain
Engine658 cc 3G83 I3 (petrol)
Transmission
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic
  • 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,340 mm (92.1 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,550–1,570 mm (61.0–61.8 in)
Curb weight820–900 kg (1,808–1,984 lb)

The second generation eK Wagon and eK Sport were released on September 13, 2006, priced from ¥913,500 to ¥1,484,700.[6] The eK Active was discontinued at the time of the second generation's launch. A facelifted eK Wagon and eK Sport were released on August 21, 2008.

Third generation (B11/B21/AA0; 2013–2019)[edit]

Third generation (B11/B21/AA0)
Mitsubishi eK Wagon M B11W 0025.JPG
Overview
Also calledNissan Dayz
ProductionJune 2013 – March 2019
Powertrain
Engine
  • 658 cc 3B20 I3 (petrol)
  • 658 cc 3B20T I3-T (petrol)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,430 mm (95.7 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,620 mm (63.8 in)
Curb weight820–900 kg (1,808–1,984 lb)

The third generation eK Wagon (and custom variant sold as eK Custom) were released on June 6, 2013.

Fourth generation (B33/B34/B35/B36/B37/B38/B40; 2019–present)[edit]

Fourth generation (B33/B34/B35/B36/B37/B38/B40)
Mitsubishi eK wagon G 2WD (5BA-B33W-LTCE) front.jpg
Overview
Also calledNissan Dayz
ProductionMarch 2019 – present
Powertrain
Engine
  • 658 cc BR06DE I3 (petrol)
  • 658 cc BR06DET I3-T (petrol)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,495 mm (98.2 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,640–1,660 mm (64.6–65.4 in)
Curb weight830–940 kg (1,830–2,072 lb)

The fourth generation eK Wagon and eK X (eK Cross) were unveiled on March 14, 2019 and released on March 28, 2019.

eK Space (B11/B21/BA0; 2014–present)[edit]

Mitsubishi eK Space (B11/B21/BA0)
Mitsubishi eK SPACE G e-ASSIST (B11A) front.JPG
Overview
Also calledNissan Dayz Roox
ProductionFebruary 2014 – present
Body and chassis
Body style5-door minivan
Powertrain
Engine
  • 658 cc 3B20 I3 (petrol)
  • 658 cc 3B20T I3-T (petrol)
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,430 mm (95.7 in)
Length3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Curb weight920–1,000 kg (2,028–2,205 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorMitsubishi Toppo

The eK Space was announced on October 3, 2013 and released on February 13, 2014.

Annual production and sales[edit]

Production figures include OEM units manufactured on behalf of Nissan, while sales figures only include Mitsubishi-badged models.

Year Production Sales
2001 97,390 86,465
2002 115,918 122,857
2003 119,652 118,567
2004 70,826 71,062
2005 118,480 73,277
2006 122,294 67,052
2007 77,875 56,686
2008 63,943 39,972

(sources: Facts & Figures 2005, Facts & Figures 2009, Mitsubishi Motors website)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors proudly introduces the next standard in mini-cars, the semi-tall "eK-WAGON"", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 11, 2001
  2. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors has Received the Good Design Award", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 11, 2001
  3. ^ "Brand-new eK-WAGON order top 13,000 in first 4 days after launch Way over 10,000 monthly target", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 16, 2001
  4. ^ "eK-WAGON orders top 20,000", Mitsubishi Motors press release, August 8, 2006
  5. ^ "First drives - Mitsubishi eK Sport" Archived 2007-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Auto Express
  6. ^ a b "Mitsubishi Motors launches new eK Wagon & eK Sport", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 13, 2006
  7. ^ "Nissan To Get New eK WAGON Supply from Mitsubishi", Mitsuishi Motors press release, October 31, 2001
  8. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors admits employees falsified fuel-efficiency data", Japan Times, Apr. 20, 2016
  9. ^ "Nissan to place MMC under its umbrella", The Japan News, May 12, 2016

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