Imagine a minivan with no side-view mirrors and no rear-view mirror. Not exactly comforting for a soccer mom transporting half the team. But that's exactly what the Nissan Quest Concept has, or rather doesn't have. In place of mirrors, the Quest uses side-view cameras, which project images via a Head-Up Display (HUD) in the corners of the windshield, and a rear-view camera that projects images on a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display. Gone is traditional minivan styling, replaced by a bold exterior with architectural forms, an arched beltline, a full-length glass roof, and a wraparound glass treatment with "hidden" pillars. While the production Quest—due out sometime in 2003—won't be as radically styled as the concept, it will wear an exterior that Nissan hopes will attract untraditional minivan buyers (read: men). Inside the six-passenger concept, there are numerous cool features, including a motorized sliding center console and storage tray that can be positioned anywhere between the three rows of seats, a power-operated bike rack that deploys from the rear cargo area floor, and a Charge Coupled Device (CCD) camera for monitoring an infant in a rear-facing child seat. Expect to see these features in the future Quest's.
On the Nissan note, Nissan also announced pricing on the new 350Z sports car, which will start at $26,269 and top out at $34,079.