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Old 07-15-2011, 04:00 PM   #1
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Volkswagen is Not Planning to Sell a Passat Wagon in the U.S.

Despite the unabashed public appearance of a camo-draped Volkswagen Passat wagon on American soil, the company is not planning to offer such a vehicle for sale here, we’ve learned from company sources. The car seen in testing is headed for the European market, and is just undergoing some development in the States, as is common practice among automakers. With an abundance of engineering firms, suppliers, and rain-free and hot climes here, the U.S. frequently attracts cars that will never reach our dealerships. This is the case with the Passat wagon.

Other than Subaru’s offerings, wagons in the family segment have become deeply unpopular, and Volkswagen discontinued the Passat wagon after it repositioned the sedan in the U.S., dropping the base price by nearly $8000 and going after the mid-size market’s biggest players. With a renewed focus on achieving big sales numbers, Volkswagen doesn’t see a new Passat wagon as an effective use of resources.

With all of this said, we already know that Volkswagen is working on a three-row crossover, priced like a Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer at or near $30,000. Since that is precisely the category to which former wagon buyers have shifted in the U.S., it’s the right product for VW and makes way more business sense than does a Passat wagon.

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Old 07-19-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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While I have no particular interest in the Passat I would like to see a wider choice of attractive wagons here. Ones that don't looking like a boring grocery getter with a flat slab of a rear end. It would be nice to have the utility of all that space and have style too.

Setting aside affordability and economy, here are some I like on style ago.

In my opinion Chrysler got it mostly right with the magnum. I wasn't aware of a really attractive wagon before that. All except the ridiculous "truck styled" "face" of Dodge cars of the last several years (that's another topic of its own) and well... its a Chrysler

The way the roof slopes downward towards the rear and the short windows really set off the look I think.

The Cadillac CTS Wagon I think is sharp looking for the same reasons I like the Magnum... however the caddy is much more refined and pleasant looking.

The new Focus wagon I find somehow looks awkward and somehow SUV like. If only it perhaps had a lower roof... and sold in North America. I could have gone for it.

This post is starting to divert from having a point. Basically I just think it's unfortunate that people have to have their SUV's and are willing to trade fuel economy and stability to fulfill some kind of image.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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I'm not too concerned with a passat wagon not being sold state side.

I would be excited to see these on the roads though:

M5 Touring:

R5 Avant:

E63 Sport Wagon:
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