Once again, you (or your hubby) speak exactly what I have been thinking.
I think the wagon really started taking off when Subaru had their effective Outback wagon ad campaign featuring Croc Dundee. They sort of made it "cool" to drive a wagon, and gave a viable alternative to the behemoths that the soccer moms were driving.
Personally, I hope wagons become more prevalent - get some of those SUV/XUVs off the road and out of the hands of people who don't know how to drive them.
Amen to that. Nothing aggravates me more than seeing a tiny, expensively dressed woman driving an SUV the size of a bus, completely incapable of parking, maneuvering or keeping it in one lane on the road.
I've been starting to build two lists of recent auto models. One is of models like the Prius that indicate that there's still exciting progress to be made in automotive engineering.
The other is of models like the PT Cruiser and the Hummer that suggest that automotive engineering has reached (and passed!) its zenith, and from now on it's all about re-shuffling a few basic design elements and resurrecting the occasional throwback.
(I don't think Volvo ever stopped making station wagons....)
Nope, Volvo never did, nor did BMW (although they call theirs a "Touring."
Known as an 'estate' in this country. Confused the hell out of me when I first moved here.
I've read that in novels, so I would have realized. But I remember being confused the first couple times I came across it!
Ah, the venerable old station wagon. Rode in one when I was a kid. My dad has a really nice Buick Roadmaster. It's like a cushy tank.
Totally they should bring back the Roadmaster and/or the Vista Cruiser, with the 455ci engine and seating for eleven. Why not? It won't get any worse mileage than a f*cking Expedition or a Hummer.
Hehehe - I teased my husband mercilessly for his desire to have a Dodge Magnum
, which he thought was an awesome car (it has a Hemi after all). He was rather crestfallen when I pointed out that it's a station wagon.
2005-12-29 02:00 pm (UTC)
Paulius here Ginny! Wait untill they tout a "Van" that is smaller! Kind of a -hmmm ...mini-van... EUREKA!
2005-12-29 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, like that would ever happen!
So funny. I drive a Subaru Legacy Outback which is also really a station wagon (with the notable exception that unlike the station wagons of my childhood, you can't really sit in the back, there's no seat, cargo only). I don't know what the big to-do is. Sure "station wagon" isn't a sexy turn of phrase but "minivan" and "SUV" don't seem all that boner-inducing to me either.
My car is all wheel drive all the time, can handle just about any situation, transport 4 full-size adults comfortably (and their gear/luggage) and awesome on road trips. I'm not ashamed to drive a station wagon.
The "no seats, only cargo" part of the modern station wagon annoys me. My father drove a Satellite Sebring back in the day, and that puppy could hold three kids AND cargo in the back.
Hmmmmmmm, perhaps the R stands for Redundant...
Oh, excuse me, I mean revolutionary new way to travel ;).
PS. I really like the new wagons, especially the ones that are a model all by themselves, and not "the wagon version of this popular sedan". If stupid fancy marketing is what it takes to get people to drive them instead of SUVs, then I will encourage the stupid fancy marketing.
Whilst my tiny front-wheel drive, V4 SUV is handy and useful, I would kill, maim, rob, pillage, loot, and plunder to get a nice, reasonably affordable hybrid station wagon (I'm wanting 30-40 mpg), as all I really need in a vehicle is good gas mileage, enough space to comfortably sleep in, decent shocks, and a little bit of height (in order of importance). If I want a big and scary vehicle, I'll get a proper diesel truck. So I consider this new attempt to market station wagons a good thing, if they make some of the more robust models with hybrid engines and have them still on the market in 3-5 years (or something better!)
Oh, don't get me wrong; I think it's a great idea (even thought they are still bigger than they need to be). I'm just amused by the marketing.
2005-12-29 03:46 pm (UTC)
My comments have been made already ... :-(
Yes, BMW have been making "tourers" for, well, just about forever and the "station wagon" is called an "estate" over here in the UK and has never gone away.
Basically take a station wagon and instead of side windows and rear doors, just make it solid.
Nearly every popular car in the UK comes either in a hatchback or an estate version. I've currently got a Ford Mondeo Estate (V6, 2.5litre, 167bhp) and my previous car was a Ford Focus Estate (1.8TDi 115bhp). It drives like a car (since it is a car!) but has enough room in the back for guitars, amps, wardrobes etc. when you put the back seats down.
Something that seems to be a lot more popular over here than in the US is taking a standard car and making a "small van" version of it (e.g. The Vauxhall (GM/Opel) Astravan http://vauxhall.co.uk/showroom/search/brand.jhtml?brand=Astravan&vehicleType=Van
I think that there are several areas in which repackaging is both a design and marketing strategy. Come to think of it, some people do their whole lives that way.
How about this one ... the Porche Station Wagon ... the Cayenne.
That's the lowered version of their SUV by the same name. I hear its handling is amazingly good.