While the rest of the automakers slow down their push on the minivan segment, Nissan is refusing to give up on the them – even though the brand is struggling in the segment. Sales of the Nissan Quest have slipped at rate of 1,800 a month in 2008.
Nissan says that this time it will focus less on soccer moms when building minivans and more on comfort and utility. The upcoming replacement for the Nissan Quest will cater to the campers and those that like outdoor adventures. It will still cater the traditional family-haulers as well.
Sources familiar with the next-generation Quest say that the minivan looks more like a crossover with a hint of an SUV. Nonetheless it still has sliding doors and the convenience of a minivan.
The next-generation Quest will come from Japan as Nissan phases out production of the current model at its Mississippi plant. It will be based on the architecture of the Japanese Elgrand van.
Industry analysts say that the Forum Concept seen at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show was just too weird for consumers. We, on the other hand, thought it was awesome.
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