Jalopnik overwrites the first installment of their trademark 3-part review of the VW Jetta SportWagen. The verdict so far: they look better from the inside [as someone who's only ever seen the potato-shaped Wunderwagen in photos, I would certainly hope so]. And they compare somehow to Frank Lloyd Wright houses [which, if you don't know that Wright's designs were often shot through with fatal, impractical and technical flaws that the imperious architect shoved down the throats of his cowed, fawning clients, is mostly supposed to be a compliment.]
Still, the TDI Wagen's spot on our shortlist is VW's to lose. It's now supposed to arrive in August. ... [jalopnik]
Meanwhile, the PR folks at Subaru apparently have the carblogging world by the short hairs. The flacks are "leaking" silly, teasy promo videos of their new mid-sized 7-seat wagon, the Exiga, one blink-and-you-miss-it shot a day, which the bloggers are dutifully reporting. So far, the frame captures I've seen look an awful lot like the version Subaru unveiled in Tokyo in 2007.
The Exiga goes on sale some time this year in Japan, where mid-sized 7-seaters are everywhere. Whether the third row will travel to the US or not, I guess we'll have to wait until the marketers throw their lapblogs that bone.
Subaru Exiga Spied [sic] Testing [jalopnik]