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Old 03-10-2010, 09:04 AM   #1
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
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I like it, but only auto enthusiast and Europeans appreciate high powered wagons. Why can't the rest of America see stylist wagons as SUV's with better handling, performance and mileage with all the cargo room one needs and without the off-road pretension that one never uses.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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looks good. I don't know if it would sell well in the US though.

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Old 03-10-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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I like it, but only auto enthusiast and Europeans appreciate high powered wagons. Why can't the rest of America see stylish wagons as SUV's with better handling, performance and mileage with all the cargo room one needs and without the off-road pretension that one never uses.
Because the drones have been brainwashed by the big 3's marketing to think wagons are for fuddy duddy old farts, and SUVs are for the cool, rugged and individualistic. That marketing was driven by the lax emissions, collision, and bumper regulations on trucks which allowed them to be produced more cheaply and sold for higher margins.

I'm absolutely with you though. Give us the wagons! The trend seems to be reversing of late though, possibly due to CAFE requirements and the tightening of emissions rules for trucks after 2007. We now have the CTS wagon and TSX wagon (2011) which we didn't have before.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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I like it, but only auto enthusiast and Europeans appreciate high powered wagons. Why can't the rest of America see stylist wagons as SUV's with better handling, performance and mileage with all the cargo room one needs and without the off-road pretension that one never uses.
That pretty much sums it up...
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
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Because the drones have been brainwashed by the big 3's marketing to think wagons are for fuddy duddy old farts, and SUVs are for the cool, rugged and individualistic. That marketing was driven by the lax emissions, collision, and bumper regulations on trucks which allowed them to be produced more cheaply and sold for higher margins.

I'm absolutely with you though. Give us the wagons! The trend seems to be reversing of late though, possibly due to CAFE requirements and the tightening of emissions rules for trucks after 2007. We now have the CTS wagon and TSX wagon (2011) which we didn't have before.
I don't think wagons are for old people, they're just ****ing ugly.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:41 AM   #7
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I saw an SHO on the road for the first time this morning.. It looked impressive from 1/4mi away.. and even better up close. I'm all for an SHO Wagon.


Boner, all sedans, wagons, hatches, liftbacks, SUVs, SAVs, and crossovers are ugly. The only pretty cars are italian exotics... all else are just varying degrees of ugly.
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Am I the only one who thinks that thing looks like it's 87126135-feet long?
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:14 AM   #9
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I don't think wagons are for old people, they're just ****ing ugly.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion on styling but let me get this straight, you think wagons are ugly but SUVs are pretty? They're fundamentally the same shape, one's just 6" higher off the ground...

The original comment was about the relative allure of SUVs and wagons from an overall perspective (not just styling), not about wagon/SUV vs. sedan.

I'm not quite with Beaverboy, I think there are plenty of handsome sedans and wagons and plenty of ugly or boring exotics.

I think the 2005 Legacy sedan and wagon were particularly handsome (2010 - yuck!), while the Ferrari F360, F430, and California are varying degrees of ugly. That said, I wouldn't kick any of the F cars out of my garage.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:32 AM   #10
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Many of us also remember, with less than fondness, the wood paneled behemoths of the late 70's and early 80's (Brady Bunch anyone?) which embodied anything BUT style or performance.

Cleary, times....they have a'changed.
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Needs more wood paneling.
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Am I the only one who thinks that thing looks like it's 87126135-feet long?
That's because it is.

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Many of us also remember, with less than fondness, the wood paneled behemoths of the late 70's and early 80's (Brady Bunch anyone?) which embodied anything BUT style or performance.
Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:11 PM   #13
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You're certainly entitled to your opinion on styling but let me get this straight, you think wagons are ugly but SUVs are pretty? They're fundamentally the same shape, one's just 6" higher off the ground...

The original comment was about the relative allure of SUVs and wagons from an overall perspective (not just styling), not about wagon/SUV vs. sedan.

I'm not quite with Beaverboy, I think there are plenty of handsome sedans and wagons and plenty of ugly or boring exotics.

I think the 2005 Legacy sedan and wagon were particularly handsome (2010 - yuck!), while the Ferrari F360, F430, and California are varying degrees of ugly. That said, I wouldn't kick any of the F cars out of my garage.
I never said SUV's are pretty, but the additional ride height, makes them less unattractive than a wagon IMO. While I understand the usefulness of the cargo space, the sedan looks much better than this behemoth. The same goes with the new CTS-V. I think it's a very attractive sedan, but the wagon is just hideous, but that's just me.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:25 PM   #14
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I like it, but only auto enthusiast and Europeans appreciate high powered wagons. Why can't the rest of America see stylist wagons as SUV's with better handling, performance and mileage with all the cargo room one needs and without the off-road pretension that one never uses.
I love to watch SUV drivers take railroad tracks at 2 MPH

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Old 03-10-2010, 12:45 PM   #15
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I dig it. I'd love a high powered wagon alternative to Audi. We don't have enough options.
Ford has been impressing me lately, and if this were out I'd cross-shop it for sure.
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:49 PM   #16
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dodge magnum v2.0, could Ford make it work?
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very nice. I'll be looking for a wagon in the near future and this would join the list if it came true (probably wouldn't come true though).
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:05 PM   #18
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I hate these stupid powerful SUVs that are on the market today. An SUV is not supposed to be fast. However, a wagon can handle and has far less risk of toppling over. Do it Ford.
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:20 PM   #19
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if this came with the 5.0 liter, john q musclecrotch would sell his wife down fuddy duddy river and ditch that exploder...
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I like it a lot. Ford has been doing some pretty amazing things.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:28 PM   #21
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I like it a lot. Ford has been doing some pretty amazing things.
except ford didn't do this.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:49 PM   #23
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I say do it.... I remember and still see the comments of "wish we had nice performance wagons". I personally wish we did. If Subaru would've brought the Leg wagon, chances are, I'd have one.
Everyone was excited of the BMW and Audi (especially) avants, but were they worth it? That's another conversation....
Regardless, wagons (sport) would be well received, IMO. Some people don't like SUV's, so what other alternative is there between that and the sedans? Oh yeah, CUV's

Seriously though, it would be a good option to have when shopping for a sedan with much more needed cargo volume.

I hate to admit it but Ford is doing some impressive stuff. Their SYNC is pretty cool. I wish my G8 had it. But hell is beginning to freeze over.... I just put in an order for a Flex Limited for the wifey. No Ecoboost My wife already knew my intentions and said "you have your G8 for that!" - I guess she's catching on.
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Exactly what I thought when I saw it. I like the Magnum a little more though..
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A high performance 4 door with hatchback body? Nah that'll never work....

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