Why The Truck Left Japan Behind

Honda Motor Co.'s first-ever minivan, the 1995 Odyssey, has some nifty features, including four swing-out doors on the sides--just like a car--and a rear seat that folds down flat into the floor. But it also has only a 140-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, barely adequate for a people-hauler, and will cost a steep $28,000 when it goes on sale in early January.

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