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The first Nissan Quest minivans bound for China left their home in Mississippi yesterday, like a fleet of bluesmen looking for the world's most raucous juke joint. Nissan is hoping the quirky Quest, which hasn't been a favorite among US buyers, will appeal to the Chinese market, expected to total 100 million new buyers over the next decade, according to The Detroit News. Nissan has altered the China-bound Quests for specific needs of the market, including beefing up some structural parts โ€” windshield pillars for example โ€” to handle rough roadways, and added fog and fender lights to meet safety standards.

Nissan Minivans Heading from Mississippi to China [The Detroit News]

Interior Design Blamed for Poor Sales of Nissan Quest [internal]