It’s official: the Nissan Quest is dead, abandoned, missing, canceled

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“The Nissan Quest has been discontinued for the US market. “
– Nissan Senior Manager, Product Communications, Dan Passe

TTAC has been tracking the failure of the Nissan Quest in the US market for some time. Just before Christmas last year, when it looked like the Quest was surely dead in the water, Nissan confirmed that there would in fact be a 2017 Quest.

But when we learned from an industry insider last February, we noticed that Nissan was posting above-normal Quest sales despite the lack of any significant inventory. That’s right – the 2017 Nissan Quest was essentially a fleet-only vehicle.

Most of us have stopped following the story. After all, it is a minivan, and a long ignored minivan, in a market where buyers are currently turning away from the minivan in droves. TTAC’s Corey Lewis has not resigned, however. Like a dog with a bone, Corey discovered that the quest was missing NissanUSA.com. In the Minivans & Vans section, there is no minivan. We asked Nissan, not for the first time, if the Quest was dead.

The Nissan Quest is dead. Faded away. Expired. Ended.

If you want one, there’s a handful left on the dealership lots. by Cars.com the inventory includes 41 new Nissan Quests, including 25 2016 models; none of which is 2017.

But more likely than not, you don’t want to. The Quest, especially since the IIHS small-overlap crash tests revealed chilling results, just isn’t that appealing in a segment dominated by FCA, Toyota and Honda. Even in 2012, the best year for the fourth-generation Quest, only 3 percent of MPVs sold in America were Nissan. When overall minivan volume fell 4 percent the following year, Quest sales plunged 30 percent to just 12,874 units.

Nissan has only reported 79,349 Quest sales since the arrival of the fourth-generation model in 2011. That’s roughly the number of Dodge Grand Caravans sold every seven months.

Besides the obvious – the Quest’s lack of popularity – we asked Nissan to clarify why the automaker left the American minivan game. In addition to stating that the Quest was definitely discontinued, Nissan declined to comment further.

Nissan is not going to give up the minivan game altogether. In the first third of 2017, 8.5% of commercial vans sold in America were Nissan: 5,990 full-size NVs and 6,192 small NV200s. NV is a small player in the full-size commercial van arena; the NV200 is the second best-selling small commercial van in the United States.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, who obsesses the free and frequent publication of auto sales figures in the United States and Canada. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.



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