Here Come…the Station Wagons!

Trojan-Horse-FA-1280x960 For all the sponsored chatter about hybrids and alternative fuels, the fact remains that smaller cars mean smaller profits.

Hence, if you pay attention to what the overclass transportation dictators are actually putting out, you find them working hardest to recapture as much of the profitability of the embattled  behemoth/SUV size bonanza as they can.

One sign of this effort is the return of the station wagon, as reported in today’s edition of The New York Times.

Here are the lovely stats on this facet of “change you can believe in”:

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2 Replies to “Here Come…the Station Wagons!”

  1. I also see that these so-called wagons are overpowered with engines that are far too large. Add the fact that these vehicles are far too heavy from the needless amenities and useless “safety” features, and you have a recipe for what we see here.

    In other words, take your money…and give you crap in return.

  2. Amen, Heavy Armor — and it’s all with the complicity of the so-called “automotive press.”

    The NYT reporter of this story wrote as follows:

    “If the performance package is a bit extreme, the 3.6-liter V-6 is a logical upgrade over the standard 3-liter. With 304 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, the bigger engine is considerably more potent than the base motor, which makes 270 horsepower and 223 pound-feet.

    “With the 3.6-liter, the CTS wagon roars away from a stop, and the direct-injection V-6 emits a purposeful growl as the revs climb.”

    This is teenage boy stuff, but it passes as serious analysis, rather than money-grubbing, planet-killing sycophancy.

    Need I mention the wondrous “design principles” behind the new Caddy wagon?

    “Particularly unusual for a wagon are the ultraslim rear-quarter windows and extra-wide rear pillars. They make it look as if Cadillac’s designers were afraid to let their wagon look like a wagon — and they were.

    “’There’s a stigma of what a wagon is and I think what we were trying to do is something that was not a traditionally defined wagon,’ said Clay Dean, Cadillac’s chief designer, who is also executive director for G.M. global advanced design. ‘The D-pillar is thicker than you would normally do; normally you’d thin that thing up as much as you can for visibility, but it was a conscious choice.’”

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