Wagon models are losing popularity in more places than the U.S.
With more and more automakers turning their attention to crossovers and SUVs, wagons aren’t long for this world and Jaguar’s design chief, Ian Callum, agrees. “The [wagon] market is massively shrinking. I’m very sad about it, but it’s a very difficult market to justify,” he recently said. That means the British automaker isn’t likely to spawn wagon variants of its new sedans since demand is dropping worldwide, including Europe.
Unlike some of its German competitors that offer numerous wagon variants, Jaguar has only offered two, an X-Type wagon launched in 2004 and a wagon version of the previous-generation XF from 2012. Currently, the new Jaguar XE that replaces the X-Type and the new-generation XF are available in sedan models only.
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Speaking to journalists at a launch event for the Jaguar F-Pace, Callum said that Europe is the only major market for station wagons globally, noting that the biggest wagon market is Germany. “And what do Germans buy? They buy German cars,” he said.
With the introduction of the Jaguar F-Pace, it’s evident that Jaguar is embracing the crossover segment and Callum’s recent remarks about wagons all but promises that Jaguar will no longer deliver wagon models for its lineup. The design chief expects the F-Pace to become the automaker’s best-selling car to date, besting both the XJ and X-Type sedans.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]
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