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As gas prices hit $3.60 a gallon in southeast Michigan this week the coming onslaught of mini-cars appears to be growing. The latest to jump into the fray appears to be Nissan with plans to bring over three minis from Japan starting in the second half of 2008. First out the chute should be the redesigned version of the Cube which has been on sale in the Japan for several years already.

Amid today's corporate news of Honda's highest-ever overseas and worldwide auto production is a note that July sales of Honda's mini vehicles increased 41.1 percent in Japan over last year. The dramatic increase is due to high sales of the Scion xB-like Zest, which went on sale in March 2006. Since that date, Honda's mini vehicle sales have increased in each consecutive month, compared to the same month the previous year. The Zest was Honda's best-selling vehicles in July, with 9.562 units leavi