For the European market, the thought of another high performance Ford Focus has become banal, but North America is eagerly awaiting the launch of the first “Euro” hot hatch variant of the Focus, with the upcoming Ford Focus ST. The original Focus SVT was based on a European model called the Focus ST170, but the… Continue Reading...
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Audi has unveiled their latest iteration of the S6 and S6 Avant, and the mid-size sports sedans look to continue the engine downsizing trend, moving from a 5.2L V10 to a 4.0L V8 with twin turbochargers making 420 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. The new S6 will sprint to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds… Continue Reading...
The development of the Jaguar XF wagon is still a work in progress for the British automaker. Ford’s product planners did not include a wagon body style when the sedan was first designed and Jaguar engineers have had to develop the XF estate from square one, with the project has becoming considerably more expensive and complex. Some insiders… Continue Reading...
Volkswagen of America does not have plans to offer the Passat Wagon in North America. Despite reports of the Passat wagon undergoing testing in the U.S, the vehicle was never intended to be sold here. Part of the problem is that wagons have lost substantial market share with the advent of crossovers. Volvo, which has… Continue Reading...
It looks as though Chrysler may resurrect the Dodge Magnum. The station wagon was one of several vehicles that got axed during the dark days of Chrysler’s bankruptcy and reorganization in 2008 and 2009. “That vehicle was single-handedly killed by one executive who is no longer with the company. He’s retired. A lot of people… Continue Reading...
Jaguar has announced that the XF will have a wagon variant but only in Europe. There probably won’t be a wagon version in the U.S, but we can live vicariously through the Europeans for a few minutes. The most important detail given was that “It will be slightly different, with character and panache,” which may… Continue Reading...
Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby announced that the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid will come to the U.S. by 2014, with one major difference. While the European market V60 will use a diesel-electric hybrid system, the United States will get a gasoline-powered variant. Jacoby said that the V60 has a target U.S. launch date of 2013 or… Continue Reading...
Toyota has already racked up 25,000 pre-orders for its Prius V wagon, (sold as the Prius Alpha in Japan), a figure that works out to more than eight times its original sales target of 3,000 units per month. The Prius V is the first of many planned iterations of the Prius model range, with a… Continue Reading...
The long rumored Hyundai Sonata station wagon exists, and it bowed at the Geneva Auto Show, dubbed the Hyundai i40 Tourer, in keeping with the brand’s European nomenclature. Although Hyundai PR bigwigs have denied that the i40 will come to America, we think that rising gas prices may provide an impetus for this kind of… Continue Reading...
While Volvo was apparently set to discontinue North American sales of all station wagons – arguably the vehicle they built their reputation on – in favor of crossovers. But that looks like it will change starting in 2012, with the launch of their V60 plug-in hybrid. Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, the V60 Plug-In… Continue Reading...
The turbo gas engines come in two different forms, rated at 163 or 220 hp. Saab says that equipped with these engines, fuel economy and emissions on the 9-3 are improved by around four percent. Continue Reading...
Volvo fans can rejoice now that the famous station wagon variant, the V60, is back (in North America), but it couldn’t be further from the rugged, mechanically simple station wagons of the past. The V60 Plug-In uses a 215 horsepower 2.4L diesel 5-cylinder engine to drive the front wheels, with a 70 horsepower electric motor… Continue Reading...
Hyundai revealed the first photos of their i40 Tourer, a European market station wagon that stands a good chance of coming to our shores as a Sonata wagon. European media were given a preview of the vehicle, and initial reports are crammed with the usual nauseating marketing fluff, but we do know that with the… Continue Reading...
Unfortunately we have no photos of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi to show you, but considering how wild the 9-5 sedan looks, we’re very excited to see the wagon version debut at March’s Geneva Auto Show. The last 9-5 wagon was never a runaway success, but within the niche of luxury wagons, it was a well… Continue Reading...
Acura‘s streak of visually dismal product introductions has finally been broken with the TSX sport wagon, a pretty interesting compact wagon that’s destined to sell like two week old carp, but will surely be a darling of auto journalists everywhere. Based on the European market Honda Accord wagon, the TSX is curiously sold only in… Continue Reading...
The next Hyundai Elantra Touring will ditch the traditional station wagon bodystyle and adopt a more compact hatchback shape, as consumers warm up to cars like the Ford Fiesta which are heavily promoted in 5-door guise. Hyundai CEO John Krafcik told Autoblog that the current Elantra Touring would complete its lifecycle, and a new model… Continue Reading...
Hyundai‘s Elantra Touring station wagon will still be offered once the Elantra sedan is replaced here in the United States. In fact, we’ll even see a new Touring sometime after the sedan launches. But the staggered introductions wont take place on the usual schedule, which often sees a new variant launch within 12 months of… Continue Reading...
Ever want to pay $87,000 for a Volvo with a name so long you can barely pronounce? Now you can, with the Heico Sportiv Volvo V70 T6 AWD R-Design, a hopped up V70 wagon made in a limited run of 100 units and retailing for almost 90 grand. The 325 horsepower wagon will hit 60… Continue Reading...
Just like the title says, it appears that Hyundai is prepping a wagon variant of its slick new Sonata sedan. Wagons have traditionally been met with a cool reception here in North America, but they are a must have vehicle for any manufacturer outside Canada or the U.S., where they are the family car of… Continue Reading...
BMW‘s oddball 5-Series GT hatchback/station wagon/SUV thing is not off to a great start in the United States, and BMW executives are blaming the decision to market only the top-of-the-line rear-drive V8 car upon launch as the culprit behind sluggish sales. “The V-8 was probably not the right car to launch it with,” said Rich Brekus,… Continue Reading...