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Old 10-03-2012, 11:55 PM   #25
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Every time I see a Focus wagon I love it. They bring to mind the Volvo Sport Wagons that we used to see in the States that I used to love the looks of but the Focus is way better looking. Many active families that skied, cycled and so on together owned these in the USA but now I see that Volvo (which Ford owned for awhile but sold to a Chinese group) only sells the jacked up, expensive "crossovers" too and no wagons in the USA.

So apparently there's a load of auto execs that have convinced themselves that Americans only want the heavier, often 4WD, high center of gravity gas hog crossovers. What they're probably really thinking though is that they're going for some of the glory days of the profit margins they used to see on SUVs which they probably couldn't get from wagons. For example the Volvo S60 sedan is priced from $31750 to $43950 while the XC60 crossover starts at $34200 and the higher end one starts at $44650. If you look at the MPG specs for the 2WD versions you get 19/25 for the CO and 21/30 for the sedan and of course both 4WD versions get worse from there. Whether this is a good long term strategy in the times of ever increasing fuel prices is very questionable to me.

New Volvo wagon, also not sold here.
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