Station Wagons Are Back, But They’re Not Called Station Wagons Anymore

The Buick Regal TourX will be based on the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Wagon

Once upon a time station wagons were must-have family vehicles. Cars like the Vista Cruiser and Buick Estate were parked with pride in driveways across the nation. They epitomized family road trips as much as financial success.

Owning a station wagon was a status symbol of a life well-lived, even if behind closed doors they offered private chambers for yelling at kids and fighting over who got the “way back” seats.

As Americans settled into the 1990s, they discovered that the 4-wheel-drive capability and commanding view of sport utility vehicles made station wagons obsolete. The wagon was almost instantly forgotten.

Automakers have attempted to resurrect the wagon over the last couple of decades with limited success. Today, Buick and Jaguar are hoping their latest iterations of the wagon hit the sweet spot with American car buyers. Just don’t expect to them to be called station wagons. Continue reading >>>

From Geneva: The Ugly and the Beautiful

Bentley EXP 9 F concept

One would think that by the time a car debuted at the king of all auto shows, it would be a work of art. There’s just no excuse for putting a half-thought-out vehicle on the world stage at the Geneva Motor Show.

I might cut some slack to low-volume unknown automakers showcasing their wares, but automakers that set the tone for world-class luxury and performance have no excuse for mediocrity. Yet Bentley, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz all showed up with vehicles straight out of the ugly bucket, while Ferrari, Jaguar and Lamborghini re-wrote the book on beauty.

Keep reading for pictures of each!

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Under Indian Ownership, Jaguar Claws Back

Jaguar C-X16

Prepare yourself for a litter-ful of cat cliches, because this blog is about to go feral!

In 2008, Jaguar had the meow of a newborn kitten. It was hard to watch, as I’d been a Jag fan for years, lusting after the sweet curves of the E-Type, snapping my head at any sighting of an XK and then, finally, buying a new 2004 X-Type. That X-Type, though, is one reason things were going downhill. The car was a sales disaster. Things looked bad for Jaguar. So bad, in fact, the once-regal British motor company was purchased by an unknown company in, of all places, India.

Many wrote Jaguar off.

I wondered if Tata Motors, the Indian firm with the funny name, could save the embattled Brits. As soon as the new Jaguar XF showed its ferocious face, I knew my beloved Jag would not only be okay, but once again roar back toward the top of the luxury game. The redesigned XJ and XK further proved my gut feelings.

Today, Jaguar is primed to become a player in luxury sales charts. And more new cars, and good news, are on the way.

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