The Nissan Quest is initially a fusion of Nissan's and Ford's efforts to come up with a family-friendly vehicle that can provide the safety and comforts of a top-grade minivan. Introduced in 1992, the first two generations were the brainchild of Ford and Nissan. It's now in its fourth generation as it continues to be a strong competitor against the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and Kia Carnival.
1993-1998: Nissan and Ford enter a joint venture
The minivan's emerging popularity during the 1980s prompted Ford and Nissan to enter a joint venture. In the later part of 1987, project VX54 was created. Final designs for this project were released in 1989, and the prototypes were tested the following year. In 1992, Ford and Nissan's brainchild, the Nissan Quest, was introduced in the North American International Auto Show.
Standard features include a 3 L VG30E SOHC engine, and two versions were available: XE and GXE. Many of the interior components such as the power windows controls, radio, and heater controls are similar to the interior parts of the Ford Aerostar. Other features include a 2-seater bench in the center and a driver's side airbag that was introduced in 1993.
1999-2002: Redesigning the Quest
The Quest's exterior was overhauled to give it a more aerodynamic look. A sliding door for the driver's side was included, as well as a more powerful engine that can produce 171 hp and 200 lb/ft of torque. The trim levels available were GXE (base), GLE, and SE (sport). In 2000, the model earned praise for its reliable performance and excellent handling and received various upgrades. These included updated rear and front fascias, new alloy wheels, a rear stabilizer bar for the GXE model, and redesigned interior gauges.
2004-2009: Nissan and Ford split ways
In 2000, Nissan and Ford decided to end the joint venture. Nissan continued on with the creation of a third-generation model that was designed by Alfonso Albaisa. This model uses a 3.5 L VQ35DE engine that can reach 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds. With Nissan as the sole manufacturer, the model features a unique moonroof glass assembly, side front air bags, a traction control, a Vehicle Stability Control, a power rear hatch, and dual power doors. Nissan also redesigned the 2007 model by upgrading the dashboard and front grille.
2010-present: Making waves in the international scene
The current Quest generation is now manufactured at Nissan's plant in Japan. The design is largely influenced by the Nissan Forum and is powered by a 3.5 L VQ engine. This model was introduced in North America at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2010. As part of its marketing campaign, Nissan Quest was featured at the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Beijing Nanyuan Airport as a free service vehicle for visitors with coach, business class, and first class tickets.