SAN FRANCISCO – When Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. first unveiled its current-generation Quest minivan, many industry watchers took a quick look and saw the influence of Renault SA. The avant-garde lines, the futuristic center console and the funky interior colors all seemingly betrayed the knowing hand of the Japanese auto maker’s French equity partner. Quest looks Renault-inspired. But while the Renault influence may be a factor, there never has been any design collaboration between the ...

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