In keeping with its tagline of "SHIFT_convenience," the Otti has been designed and engineered for ease of use in everyday driving, thanks to its compact packaging and abundance of ingenious storage places. The Otti's overall height is low enough for parking in multilevel parking facilities. A large glass area and square body form also make the Otti exceptionally easy to drive. Moreover, the model offers a choice of two engines – the 3G83 engine and the 3G83 intercooled turbo engine - that balance driving ease with high performance. The Otti also features an outstanding suspension system that offers a remarkably comfortable driving experience.
The Otti is supplied to Nissan by Mitsubishi Motors Corp., under an OEM supply arrangement. Nissan's two other mini-vehicles models are the Moco and the Clipper.
Smart-looking body form expressing functionality and openness
The stable-looking square body together with the square pattern of the grill project an image of unity. Styled around a square motif, the grille of the RS/RX Series models gives the vehicle a sporty impression. The Otti comes in ten distinctive body colors, including Rheims Blue, an exclusive Nissan color.
Smart-looking interior blending functionality, openness and newness
The centrally positioned speedometer accentuates the unique instrument panel design. Designed for optimum convenience, the instrument panel has the controls and instruments concentrated in the center, with storage spaces distributed on both sides. For an enhanced impression of sportiness, the RS/RX Series models adopt a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in synthetic leather.
A comfortable, roomy interior is combined with a compact body size for nimble and easy driving. The large glass area allows excellent outward visibility for ease of driving in everyday use. With an overall height of 1,550 mm, the Otti can also be parked in multilevel parking facilities. The interior abounds in a variety of handy storage places designed to match the uses of each seating position, including a multi-purpose drink holder on the driver's side door.
The 3G83 engine combines optimum city driving ease with outstanding economy. The 3G83 intercooled turbo engine delivers ample power for enjoyable driving in town, on expressways and even on mountain roads. The Otti is available with three different types of transmissions, including a five-speed manual transmission.
The suspension system used on models powered by the 3G83 intercooled turbo engine incorporates a reinforced front stabilizer and performance rod as well as an additional rear stabilizer to provide superb handling and stability.
Safety and environmental performance
Standard safety features on all models include ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and a high-mounted stop lamp.
The 2WD models fitted with the 3G83 engine are certified as super ultra-low emission vehicles (SU-LEVs)*1 because they emit 75% fewer emissions than the levels required by Japan's 2005 exhaust emission regulations. The 4WD models fitted with the 3G83 engine or the 3G83 intercooled turbo engine are certified as U-LEVs*1 because they emit 50% fewer emissions than the 2005 regulations. Moreover, the 2WD and 4WD models equipped with the 3G83 engine and 5-speed manual transmission as well as the 2WD models equipped with the 3G83 engine and either the 3-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission also achieve Japan's 2010 fuel economy standards plus an additional 5%, thereby qualifying for tax reductions*2 under the Green Tax program in Japan.
The low-emission vehicle certification system of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was inaugurated in April 2000 to encourage the penetration of low-emission vehicles through their selection by ordinary consumers. Following the adoption of the 2005 new long-term exhaust emission regulations in September 2003, the system was revised in October of that year to establish two certification categories. U-LEV certification requires an additional 50% reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC) emissions from the levels mandated by the 2005 exhaust emission regulations and SU-LEV certification requires an additional 75% reduction of these exhaust gas constituents.
For vehicles complying with the requirements of the Green Tax program, the automobile acquisition tax is reduced by 10,000 yen on personal-use vehicles that are newly registered by March 31, 2006, and for U-LEVs the automobile tax is reduced by 25% for one year beginning from the next fiscal year after a vehicle is registered. However, these tax reduction measures do not apply to Autech models because they require on-site registration at a vehicle inspection and registration office.
Origins of the Otti model name
The model name was coined from the Italian word "ottimo," meaning optimum. It expresses the Otti's unique product character that optimally balances all essential elements in a compact vehicle package.