TODAY'S STATION WAGONS BLUR THE LINE BETWEEN CAR, TRUCK, AND SPORT UTILITY

Station wagons are making a comeback, attracting former sport utility vehicle owners who have lost their fascination with SUVs because of safety concerns, parking hassles in urban areas, gas guzzling, and the trucklike handling of those models. Also attracted to station wagons are the thirty-somethings who are graduating into them from sedans. The European auto makers are pushing station wagons the most. Volvo introduced two new wagons at the Detroit auto show in January and BMW, in addition to its 540 and 528 models, has a less expensive 323 model scheduled to hit dealerships in April. But the most unique product available soon is DaimlerChrysler's PT Cruiser. It drives like a car, is classified as a light truck, and feels like a station wagon with its multiple power outlets and seats that can be pulled down or removed.

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  • Authors:
    • Holstein, W J
  • Publication Date: 2000-1-31

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 55-56
  • Serial:
    • US News & World Report
    • Volume: 128
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: US News and World Report, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0041-5537

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00796987
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 991
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2000 12:00AM