The Malaysian “step-through” market welcomes another newcomer to the burgeoning scene. Launched at the Jerai Resort in Kedah on the Dec 20 last year, the Ottimo Viz 110 is an economical, trendy “cub” that has plenty to offer discerning commuters.
Ottimo (which incidentally means Excellent or Great in Italian) is exclusively marketed in the northern peninsula region at the moment, with plans to expand to the rest of the peninsula in the future. The Sungei Petani-based company was established in January last year and is manned by experienced staff, most of whom cut their teeth at Malaysia’s first motorcycle manufacturer, Modenas.
Ottimo Technologies Sdn Bhd managing director Daniel Lim said the demand for economical, trendy daily commuter cub was strong although the higher capacity cub segment has seen significant growth of late.
“We (Ottimo Technologies) strive to give users a value-for-money commuter cub with up-to-date EURO3 emissions compliant engines that have low-fuel consumption, combined with an attractive, fresh and trendy design and user-friendly features”, he said.
Ottimo planned to produce more models soon “in a timely and structured approach”, according to its chief executive officer, Chiang Kian Boon.
In the pipeline is a 150 cc scooter, a 125 cc step-through, a 150 cc supercub as well as an EV model, all to be introduced in the next 5 years.
The Viz 110 is its first brainchild. It is powered by a single-cylinder, SOHC, air-cooled 107cc 4-stroke engine producing 5.0kW@7,500rpm and 6.9Nm@6,000rpm and is EURO3 and Energy Efficient Vehicles certified. The styling is modern and up-to-date with distinctive touches, such as “lightning strakes” daytime running lights dominating the front part of the vehicle. Other unique features are a “cubby hole” in the front panel and a built-in USB charger input. All lighting on the Viz 110 is ECE compliant. Its standard equipment includes an electric starter with kickstart backup and alloy rims with a disc front-brake and an accompanying drum rear-brake. The front suspension are telescopic forks while the rear are twin shocks. It has a carburetor and is fed from a 3.6 litre fuel tank, good enough with a range of 180km, according to Ottimo. The vehicle a rotary 4-speed. gearbox. Its underseat storage is a small 6 litre compartment. The Viz 110 is available in 2 colours — Syinta Red and Syantik Blue.
Ottimo aims to produce 300 units per month and will increase production based on demand. One of the reasons to concentrate on just the Northern region was to provide sufficient spares and service backup without overextending the company’s resources. The Viz 110 parts are 30 per cent local and the company targets to increase it to 55 per cent by the end of 2020. With a retail price of RM4,288.00 without roadtax and insurance, the Viz 110 is expected to command a big slice of the Northern market due to its sharp design and frugal engine.