NISSAN - Prairie - 1981-1989

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Nissan Prairie 1981-1989

The Nissan Prairie was introduced in Japan in 1981 and Europe in 1982 and was the first production multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), if the Fiat Multipla of the 1950s is not counted. It was also known as the Multi in Canada and the Stanza Wagon in the US. It, and the 1983 Mitsubishi Chariot, predated "mini-MPVs" such as the Renault Scénic and Opel Zafira by some 15 years.

The Prairie was one of the first "crossover" cars, resembling a tall station wagon with sliding doors. It was commonly ordered with five seats, though seven were available. It was the size of one of today's small SUVs (such as the Toyota RAV4 or the Honda CR-V).

The concept was inspired by the Lancia MegaGamma show car from Giorgetto Giugiaro and ItalDesign, shown in 1979. Italian design arguably also inspired the Nissan March, which is considered by some to be too close to the Fiat Uno in its "tall" concept and execution. Nissan, at the time, was very keen to have "European" styling for its cars.

It was originally launched with a 1.5-litre engine and a 1.8 followed later in the car's life, as did a four-wheel-drive version.

The first-generation Prairies, while innovative, had very poor handling, due to the removal of the B-post.

The second-generation model, from 1989, was called the Axcess in the North America.

The car was not as great an export success as anticipated—possibly because Nissan was too far ahead of its time. Few were exported outside Asia after the Prairie's second generation.

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Well done ToyotaDyna. I see you have done your homework!

Just this week I was standing next to one of the later models and thinking to myself, "now this is a car that would fit nicely in my garage ..."

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