Mercury Villager

The Villager had a decent run, in fact, better than expected. The first-generation Villager was available in three trim levels: the GS, the LS and the luxury Nautica Special Edition. All of the Nautica models came with a two-toned blue and white, or red and white paint scheme, an elegant yellow pinstripe, second row captain's chairs, and leather upholstery. The second-generation Villager was also available in three trim levels: base, Sport, and the luxury Estate. The Nautica edition was certainly a better option than any of the others. The 1993 Mercury Villager and the Nissan Quest were actually the products of a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Nissan. This was just one of many times that manufacturers have joined together to collaborate on either an entire model or just on a few parts. The goal was to produce a smaller and more stylish minivan to compete in the traditional minivan market. The two vans debuted at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The two minivans were only different cosmetically and they shared a Nissan engine. They were both built in a Ford plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. The reason for the joint venture was that the Ford Aerostar minivan was quite old and suffering in sales, and its successor, the Windstar, was not yet ready for the market. Ford had money to build the assembly plant, but lacked the vehicle design engineering resources. The situation at Nissan was the exact opposite. Nissan was lacking cash but could contribute vehicle engineering and also could offer up an engine built at its Smyrna, Tennessee facility. The initial project was known internally as code name VX54 within Ford. The greatest part about the Villager turned out to be its kiss of death as well. It was praised for having great moveable seats, but the problem was that they could not actually be removed from the vehicle. This ended up being a desire quality by consumers.