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Who Said Station Wagons Are Dead? Here Are A Baker’s Dozen for 2018

Call them what you will, Sportbrake, TourX or Alltrack, they’re still wagons.

by on Aug.31, 2017

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX looks like a wagon, but is marketed like a crossover. Wagons are making a comeback.

It was the vehicle of choice for parents raising their young Baby Boomers, station wagons once nearly as popular sedans in America’s fast-growing suburbs. But as Boomers grew old enough to drive on their own they headed off into different directions.

In biblical terms, the wagon begat the minivan which, by the early 1990s, was generating sales of more than 2 million a year. Since the turn of the millennium, however, the lowly people mover has had to make way for the SUV and car-like crossover-utility vehicles.

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Yet, there is still a small but loyal following for station wagons and even some new ones coming to market for 2018. They’re certainly not the same as the ones Boomers might recall piling into as parents raced them home from school in time to watch Howdy Doody. Forget wood paneling. They’re sleek and, yes, even sexy, and some offer many of the features you’ll find on today’s utes, including all-wheel-drive. (more…)

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo’s Paris Preview

For those who didn't find the original Panamera radical enough.

by on Sep.27, 2012

Porsche gives a wagon treatment to the Panamera.

Few recent products created more of an initial controversy than the Porsche Panamera. But Porsche’s coupe-like four-door might seem positively tame after getting a first official look at the German sports car maker’s Panamera Sport Turismo Concept, which is getting a much-rumored preview at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

It may be polarizing, but the Panamera has proven to be one of the most popular models in the Porsche line-up. Could the maker hit another home run with the Sport Turismo?

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Perhaps that alternate term might help it overcome traditional resistance to wagons in the States.  No such trouble in Europe, however, where the wagon has long been one of the most popular body styles, sometimes referred to as a “shooting brake.”