With the discontinuation of the family pimp's whip of choice, the Dodge Magnum, MSNBC has declared the death of the station wagon:
Car makers rushed to meet the anticipated demand with a flood of new models like the Dodge Magnum, the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx and wagon versions of many European and Japanese sedans.Lucky we didn't get trampled in that rush: Toyota and Honda have both been out of the US wagon market for almost a decade; Mercedes dropped the C-Class wagon from the US lineup two years ago. And yet, I think Audi has introduced something like 49 "wagon versions" of its cars in the third quarter alone. And VW and Volvo...never mind, made up news. Let's just run with it. What, oh great news network, is the cause of the Family Truckster's short-circuited recovery?
But that fantasy was no more realistic than Chevy Chase eyeing Christie Brinkley in her Ferrari from his Wagonqueen Family Truckster in National Lampoon’s “Vacation.”
Crossovers [aka, taller wagons], "that reliable bogeyman the mortgage market"--and tinted window regulations [SUV's can have them, wagons can't]. Which makes absolutely no sense, of course, since every single Dodge Magnum wagon in existence has windows dark enough to hide a dead hooker.