To: Dr. Sivana
Real full-sized station wagons went away 20+ years ago, and they aren't coming back, either.
I think that was because station wagons were treated as "cars" under federal fuel-economy mandates. From wiki:
CAFE has separate standards for "passenger cars" and "light trucks" even if the majority of "light trucks" are being used as passenger vehicles. The market share of "light trucks" grew steadily from 9.7% in 1979 to 47% in 2001 and remained in 50% numbers up to 2011.  More than 500,000 vehicles in the 1999 model year exceeded the 8,500 lb (3,900 kg) GVWR cutoff and were thus omitted from CAFE calculations. More recently, coverage of medium duty trucks has been added to the CAFE regulations starting in 2012, and heavy duty commercial trucks starting in 2014.
Get rid of federal mandates, and you would see more rationality in the auto market.
posted on 04/26/2018 2:51:02 AM PDT
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Agreed mostly. After two generations of mandates, I fear most of the upcoming generation is not interested in going back to cars.
The new round of CAFE irrationality is forcing CVTs and turbos attached to too small engines. End result, more complexity, less reliability, more expense, and greatly diminished abiity to maintain/upgrade/customize newer powertrains.
posted on 04/26/2018 3:07:37 AM PDT
by Dr. Sivana
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