Honda Motor Co. Ltd. debuts a new minicar, dubbed the Zest, Feb. 23 in Japan. Honda says the car is designed with both singles and families in mind, as it has a low floor for easy entry and exit, and large storage area for cargo hauling. On sale March 1, the Zest is powered by the auto maker’s i-DSI engine, which is available in turbocharged form as well. The transmission is a 4-speed automatic. Honda says the Zest is the first minicar to come with front and rear side-curtain airbags. ...

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