[Tip from ebm14]
The Daihatsu Esse (Eco, Simple, Smart, Easy) launched Monday for the Japanese domestic market. With prices ranging from under $6,000 to about $8,200, the little hatchback is powered by a 600 cc 3-cylinder engine weighing just over 100 pounds and putting out 58 hp at 7,200 rpm in its highest-rated configuration. The FWD car is offered with a 5-speed manual in the base ECO model, a 3-speed automatic in the D and L models, and a 4-speed automatic in the top of the line X model. The ESSE X is also available with 4WD.