History is riddled with stories of eventual successes that were initially ignored.
For example, the automotive concept we currently know as the minivan was pitched to the Ford Motor Company in 1974 and summarily rejected by its upper-level management team. The progenitors of that idea eventually all wound up working at Chrysler, where the idea was enthusiastically received, and went on to become one of the best selling automobiles of all time for the company. Because of that, Chrysler is frequently credited with inventing the minivan, but that honor actually goes to a company called Stout, which offered its Scarab minivan way back in 1936.
Minivans today are a genre of automobile falling into the category of one of life’s necessities. In other words, nobody’s buying a minivan anymore because they think it’s cool; with the ascent of the SUV as family transportation, minivans are bought now because they are needed.
Thus, sales in this segment have cooled considerably since Chrysler reintroduced the concept back in the 1980’s. So much so that years ago, nearly every mainstream manufacturer was offering a minivan. Today, there are but five manufacturers building minivans, with those from Chrysler being the sole American offerings.
Which brings us to the Nissan Quest.
Debuting at the height of the minivan’s popularity, the Nissan Quest was first shown at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. From MY’93 to MY’02, the Nissan Quest and the Mercury Villager were essentially the same vehicles, as the Villager was a rebadged Quest until Mercury dropped it in 2002. To date, there have been four generations of the Nissan Quest offered. This article picks up with the second generation of Nissan’s minivan, built between 1999 and 2002.