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dasAuto
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:20:26 AM

In North America, the Wagon Train effectively reached its terminus in the early to mid-1990s.

SUVs and crossovers such as the Ford Explorer, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V colonised suburban driveways, displacing the family truckster from its modest pedestal. The reasons for this shift are varied, but a broad, cynical view is simply that automakers saw bigger profits in building bigger vehicles. Wagons never commanded significant premiums over the sedans on which they were traditionally based, rendering their makers’ incentive to build them slim.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:39:29 PM

Yes
Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 9:42:44 PM

Brits... Whateva!
VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:02:34 PM

Profit margins for trucks and SUVs are a lot higher than cars and wagons.
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:57:08 PM

Going to get a smaller SUV.
cmgodwin
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:50:24 PM

Are SUVs more profitable to automakers than wagons/estates? How does gas mileage compare?
mkohly
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 2:20:20 PM

Correction

Normal people don't try to speak for all normal people
MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:06:41 PM

Normal people will always like big cars & trucks.
Bussman
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:56:34 PM

Speaking as one who owned a couple of SUVs and now does not, I think the SUV phenomenon followed the Baby Boom. When I needed a larger vehicle to transport my expanded family, friends, animals, and assorted sporting equipment, an SUV suited my situation better than a sedan or a station wagon. I became more cognisant of spousal and child safety and the need to be able to see beyond the rear window of the sedan in front of me by way of increased vehicle height. All the aforementioned combined with an aging infrastructure and ineffective government that left potholes rivalling the Grand Canyon led me to SUVs which I felt could satisfy all my needs in exchange for a measelly 16mpg. When my needs changed my vehicle choice changed and I now drive an economical sedan praying I can drive around the ever-expanding potholes rather than disappearing into them as our ineffective government talks about shovel-ready projects but does nothing about them.
mfgendron
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:27:52 PM

Yeah big station wagons.... more gas guzzlers.
kag2010
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:16:01 PM

Saw bigger profits in building bigger..
Wally3023
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:10:44 PM

That's all my Dad ever bought.
knutzAL
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:09:54 PM

yup
truvoice1
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:06:03 PM

If you look at the evolution of the station wagon here in America, when Ford came out with the Explorer in 1990, it became the new American station wagon. SUVs like the Explorer offered Americans advantages over the traditional station wagon: higher ground clearance and better driver visibility due to being built on a truck chassis; availability of 4 wheel drive for off road versatility; and luxury options that were mostly unavailable in the normal station wagon. Unlike Europe with higher fuel prices, Americans were willing pay the penalty of lower MPG for the aforementioned benefits. In Europe, with narrower roads and high gasoline prices, the American type of SUV never was the best solution for their driving requirements.
rastadok
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:04:55 PM

As long as I've been alive the station wagon - other than the Woody on the West Coast - have been the least sexy of any motor vehicle.

Like the riding lawn mower, they were the ultimate practical middle class icon - that is to say, BORING.

SUV's on the other hand are the modern day driver's answer to penis envy - or to perceived micropenis.

Motor vehicles are still more an item of psychological enhancement - than practicality.
boatcatawba
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:03:23 PM

ok
moregas1966
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 12:03:11 PM

ok
bouncing4fun
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:42:39 AM

ok
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:36:38 AM

now many hatchbacks fill many of those needs
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