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01-06-2003, 07:21 AM

01-06-2003, 07:21 AM


01-06-2003, 07:22 AM

titan (nissan full-size v8 truck)

01-06-2003, 07:23 AM

Infiniti Triant (concept)

01-06-2003, 07:49 AM
Aaaaaaahh!:yikes: :yikes: Make it stop!:yikes: :banghead:

There must be a curse against the Maxima, they haven't designed a good looking Maxima in years. The G35 and Altima look far better. I think this was the last decent looking Maxima...

My prediction is the new Quest minivan will flop. Generally speaking, minivan buyers don't want something radical, they're conservative family types.

01-06-2003, 07:51 AM
Well, I don't much like those.

However, kudos to Nissan for non-boring design.

And I confess they've made the big-box-that-is-a-van look less like a big box. Not to mention the clever 5 sunroof configuration. If I were shopping for a box, I suppose I'd give it a look.

Alex Baumann
01-06-2003, 08:21 AM
I've heard that Bangle and Nissan Chief Designer are golf buddies :eeps:


01-06-2003, 09:41 AM
The Quest is nice!! Individual sunroofs? How cool is that?

01-06-2003, 09:46 AM
I suppose it all boils down to brand recognition, but why does a manufacturer come up with a design and just reuse it over and over on every model? The new Maxima looks like a cross between a 350Z and a G35. The elements aren't as strong in the van or truck, but they are still there.

I think Audi's newest batch is the most guilty of this. At a quick glance, you can't tell if what you saw was an A4, A6 or A8. Where's the variety?

01-06-2003, 09:59 AM
I like the 1st through 4th generation Maximas, I even like the 5th. But this thing is hideous :thumbdwn:

01-06-2003, 10:07 AM
1) The Maxima would have actually been a decent looking car if not for the atrocious front end

2) 5 sunroofs might be a cool idea but sunroofs, in general, tend to break down/rattle a lot. Think of the repair hassles with FIVE of them.

3) Both Maxima and Quest will sell in gazillions because the average consumer LOVES funky/ugly designs

4) I really donít like the idea of putting the shifter on the dash. Unfortunately, this is becoming quite trendy with jap manufacturers.

01-06-2003, 10:35 AM
The Maxima and the truck are kinda boring. But the minivan looks GOOD. It might hurt sales of the Murano since they look nearly identical and I'd bet the van has better mommymobile features. Some minivan buyers seem to want something other than the generic Caravan/Odyssey. There are an awful lot of Toyota Previa owners around here who I'm sure are looking to replace their eggvan with something equally different.

Nissan is on a roll. Carlos Ghosn deserves a medal.

01-06-2003, 10:56 AM
My sister-in-law has bought the last two generations of the Quest. I don't see her buying this one.

The new Toyota Sienna will sell better (it's looks boring and comes with AWD)...

01-06-2003, 11:20 AM
:yikes: Uh, I guess you could say that I'm a bit overwhelmed...

The front of the Maxima is part G35, part Altima. The grille is all ugliness. And what's with the quad-exhaust-tips!? :confused: Having quad-exhaust on a transversely-mounted V6 is just posing. They belong on V12's and V8's. (from an engineering perspective) No I'm not done yet. I don't understand the layout of the rear seat either. Only ultra-luxo-limos like the Maybach or L7 have rear captain seats w/ multi-function center console. Again, it's posing.

I think the moonroofs on the Quest are way cool. I'd like to know how they work. I've never seen another vehicle w/ central overhead console and a sunroof.

5.6L V8 for the Titan? If I'm not mistaken that's a new record for engine displacement at Nissan.

01-06-2003, 12:42 PM
Both the Quest and the Sienna appear to have gone to the auto shift lever coming out of the dash.