Sexy Beasts-Volvo and Buick introducing Sizzling Wagons (Just don’t call them Station)


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Photos: Car and Driver 

Not long ago the vehicle of choice for many families in the US was the Station Wagon.  Vista Cruisers, parked along side Ford, Chrysler and other stations wagons capable of carrying ten passengers filled the nation Shopping Malls.

In 1984, Chrysler changed the landscape with its Mini Vans, the landscape changed again in the late nineties with the popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles.

Today, SUV’s is the vehicle of choice in America, most are based on car platforms (crossovers).  Only Subaru and Volvo continued to sell wagons in the US.  While stations wagon (called Estates) are very popular in Europe.

 

Just don’t call them ‘STATION’ Wagons

In the mid nineties, tiny Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries) didn’t have the resources to build a truck based SUV,so they took a Subaru Legacy Wagon, raised the height a few inches added some cladding to the wheel wells and called it the “Outback”.  The Outback was a resounding success for Subaru.

Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi have recently introduced small wagons. Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen and the 4 wheel drive Golf Alltrak and Audi Allroad.

Late last year Volvo released a wagon version of the S90 luxury car called the V90.  While the S90 is handsome the V90 is super sexy, much sexier in person.

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The Interiors are as sexy as the exterior.

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Photo: Motor Trend

The V90 comes in an all wheel version called the Cross Country.  The Cross Country is higher than standard V90 note the body cladding.

Pricing for the V90 starts at $49,950 and $55,350 for the Cross Country

Meanwhile Back in the US of A

The last generation Buick Regal a rebadged Opel Insignia built in Germany, the wagon version of this car didn’t make it across the pond.   Opel the European subsidiary of General Motors was sold to french auto manufacturer Peugeot-Citroen last month.  After seeing early pictures of the Insignia and the Insignia wagon, American auto journalist hoped General Motors would bring the wagon version to the states.

A week ago, General Motors introduced the Buick Regal a week before the New York Auto Show.  In a bold move, the new Buick will be sold as a hatchback and a wagon.   The Wagon will be called “Regal Tour X”.

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The 2018 Buick Regal will go on sale at the end of the year, it will be built in Germany.  Eventually, the vehicle will be manufactured in America .   Prices could range from $37,000, to $45,000 for the Regal TourX.   While GM Cadillac division is struggling to find buyers, Buick has been a bright spot. Its appeal to younger buyers is growing and it’s  GM’s most reliable brand.      Last year J.D Powers ranked the brand ranked fourth in reliability, Below Lexus, Porsche, Toyota and above Mercedes Benz.

The question, can these Sexy Wagons take sales from SUV’s ?

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Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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