Houston Station Wagon Accident Lawyer
A station wagon, also called an estate car, estate or wagon, is a car body style which has a two-box design, a large cargo area and a rear tailgate that is hinged to open for access to the cargo area. The body style is similar to a hatchback car, however station wagons are longer and are more likely to have the roofline extended to the rear of the car (resulting in a vertical rear surface to the car) to maximize the cargo space.
The first station wagons, produced in the United States around 1910, were wood-bodied conversions of an existing passenger car. During the 1930s, the car manufacturers in the United States, United Kingdom, and France began to produce station wagons models, and by the 1950s the wood rear bodywork had been replaced by an all-steel body. Station wagon models sold well from the 1950s to the 1970s, however since then sales have declined as minivans and SUVs have increased in popularity.
The emergence and popularity of SUVs which closely approximate the traditional wagon body style was a further blow. After struggling sales, the Chevrolet Caprice and the Buick Roadmaster, the last American full-size wagons, were discontinued in 1996. Smaller station wagons remained on sale as cheaper alternatives to SUVs and minivans. Domestic wagons also remained in the Ford, Mercury, and Saturn lines, however after 2004 these compact station wagons also began to be phased out in the United States. The Ford Taurus wagon was discontinued in 2005 and the Ford Focus station wagon was discontinued in 2008. An exception to this trend is the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outbackstation wagon models, which continue to be produced at the Subaru of Indiana plant. With other brands, the niche previously occupied by station wagons is now primarily filled with the similar style of Crossover SUV, which generally has a car underpinning and a wagon body.
Imported station wagons, despite remaining popular in other countries, struggled in the United States. European luxury carmakers such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz continued to offer wagons in their North American line-up (marketed using the labels “Avant”, “Touring”, and “Estate” respectively). However, these wagons had fewer trim and power train levels than their sedan counterparts. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG in Estate trim is the sole performance station wagon offered in the U.S. market. The wagon models of the smaller Mercedes-Benz C-Class line-up were dropped in 2007 and the BMW 5 Series Touring models were discontinued in 2010, due to slow sales in the United States with only 400 wagons sold in 2009. In 2012, the Volvo V50 compact station wagon was withdrawn from the U.S. market due to poor sales.
The Cadillac CTS gave rise to a wagon counterpart, the 2010 CTS Sportwagon, which defied the trend by of station wagons by offering almost as many trim levels as its sedan counterpart. The CTS wagon, particularly in high-performance CTS-V trim, received positive reviews until it was discontinued in 2014.
The 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen was a rare appearance of a sub-compact wagon in the North American market. In 2016, Volvo re-introduced a large wagon to the US market with the Volvo V90, but only by special order.
As of 2019, Volkswagen has announced the cancellation of the Sportwagen in the US market, meaning that not a single non-luxury station wagon will be sold in the US market for the 2020 model year.
Houston Station Wagon Accident Lawyer
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