• Jan 5th 2010 at 8:58AM
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If you're in the market for a Nissan minivan you'd better hurry and natch up one of the last of the 2009 models as a 2010 model is never going to happen. Automobile reports that the 2010 Quest will never arrive in the U.S. as Nissan ends production of the people hauler until the next generation model arrives in a year or two.

The Quest was reportedly at the wrong end of a numbers game: Nissan needed capacity at its Canton, Mississippi plant and the Japanese automaker's minivan was reportedly the odd vehicle out. Nissan apparently need to make room at Canton for a new commercial truck, which could be based off of the NV2500 concept from the 2009 North American International Auto Show. While the Quest is history for the time being, Automobile says a new minivan is on the way in 2011 or 2012, and will reportedly be made in Japan.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      To bad, that's a really nice minivan
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it will be smaller; the replacement Quest made-in-Japan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan did this with the previous Quest redesign, too; there was no 2003 model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nissan should take the curent nissan espace (forth generation) and bring it to europe. For a large van, handles well, the interior quality is good, the design also..

      • 5 Years Ago
      I had no idea they where still making these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't it Nissan a year or two ago that came out with the cool minivan concept that had a diesel and surround bench-seating? They should resurrect that project. The market really needs a diesel-powered minivan IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Quest was also incredibly uncomfortable. The second row seats were just dreadful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was inevitable...
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        LMAO...I was just watching the movie Matrix when I came acroos your comment
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make it right this time Nissan, or take the new Renault Espace and put a Nissan Badge on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Picasso - do you really pine for days of the Windstar/Freestar and Uplander/TranSport? Really?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. They need to make it less of a bubble, and more like the new Sienna and current Odyssey. My wife and I will be in the market in a few years, and it's good to have more competition available for us to choose from.

        Sadly, GM and Ford have left the market for large CUVs, that in my opinion will never replace the flexibility of the minivan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMHO, the Quest was pretty much a case-study in lost potential. Nissan set out to create a distinctive people-mover/minivan and largely succeeded in that effort. Unfortunately, that goal was achieved at the expense of practicality. A few examples:

      - They started with the dreaded center-stack dashboard gauges. The rest of the dash was distinctive, but the gauge layout was poorly conceived. When are designers going to learn that gauges ought to go in front of the driver's seat & steering wheel? That's where the driver is...along with the driver's head and eyes. Nissan later fixed that, but it took too long.

      - The 2nd row couldn't be removed. When the competition could produce a flat cargo floor, the folded passenger seats became a literal obstruction and an easy target for criticism.

      - Reliability was not as good as it should have been. No matter the segment, that's not going to win over consumers.

      - It looked like nothing else on the road. Personally, I don't find the Quest terribly unattractive, but a unique design tends to be polarizing and there were plenty of prospective customers that could never get past the exterior design. (See some of the other comments in this post)

      - It was overpriced. A full-boat Wagon Family Truckster model with the DVD and huge sunroof package was several thousand more than comparable products from other brands.

      I'm sure there were other issues, but those 5 issues were primarily why I looked briefly at the Quest...and then moved on. Hopefully, Nissan took note and will retool appropriately.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Excellent analysis!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can bring an Espace/Scenic based car.... I think that minivans might evolve to the SUV-like look ala T&C/Grand Caravan
      • 5 Years Ago
      After Nissan put the speedo where it belonged, in front of the driver, I would have bought one but the reliability ratings were abysmal.
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