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Mitsubishi eK
1st generation Mitsubishi eK Wagon (pre-facelift).
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Nissan Otti
Production 2001–present
Assembly Mizushima Plant, Kurashiki, Okayama
Predecessor Mitsubishi Toppo BJ
Class Kei car
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, FWD or 4WD
Engine(s) 657 cc 3G83 I3
657 cc 3G83 I3 turbo
Transmission(s) 3-speed automatic
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,340 mm (92.1 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,550 mm (61.0 in)
Curb weight 790–900 kg (1,700–2,000 lb)

The Mitsubishi eK is a Japanese kei car from Mitsubishi Motors, based on the long-running Mitsubishi Minica, and first introduced on October 11, 2001 at ¥910,000 to ¥1,108,000. According to the company the name stands for "excellent Keijidōsha", or "excellent minicar".[1]

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.

The second generation eK was released on September 13, 2006, priced from ¥913,500 to ¥1,484,700.[2] The eK Active was discontinued at the time of the second generation's launch.

Immediately upon its release it was the recipient of the "Good Design Award" by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2001.[3] 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.[4][5] It is Mitsubishi's highest volume model in the Japanese domestic market,[6] and total sales to 2005 are approximately 480,000.[2] Since 2005, Nissan Motors has received 36,000 eK wagons annually from Mitsubishi, to be sold within the domestic market as the Nissan Otti.[7]

Technical details

  • Engine
Type: 3G83 SOHC 12v straight-3
Capacity: 657 cc
Compression ratio:
10.2:1 (naturally aspirated)
8.5:1 (turbocharged)
Peak power:
37 kW (50 PS) at 6500 rpm (n/a)
47 kW (64 PS) at 6000 rpm (turbo)
Peak torque:
62 N·m (46 ft·lbf) at 4000 rpm (n/a)
93 N·m (69 ft·lbf) at 3500 rpm (turbo)
  • Suspension
Front: MacPherson struts
Rear: 3-link torque arm type
  • Tyres
155/65R13 (Wagon)
165/55R14 (Sport)
  • Turning circle: 4.4 m
  • Seats: 4

Annual production and sales

A Mitsubishi eK Wagon alongside its Nissan Otti twin.

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)


  1. "Mitsubishi Motors proudly introduces the next standard in mini-cars, the semi-tall "eK-WAGON"", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 11, 2001
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mitsubishi Motors launches new eK Wagon & eK Sport", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 13, 2006
  3. "Mitsubishi Motors has Received the Good Design Award", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 11, 2001
  4. "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
  5. "eK-WAGON orders top 20,000", Mitsubishi Motors press release, August 8, 2006
  6. "First drives - Mitsubishi eK Sport", Auto Express
  7. "Nissan To Get New eK WAGON Supply from Mitsubishi", Mitsuishi Motors press release, October 31, 2001

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