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    New Mercedes C-Class Estate Revealed

    Kreso, any word on when the C 63 AMG estate will be revealed?

    http://www.worldcarfans.com/9070831.003/new-mercedes-c-class-estate-revealed

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    Nice looking car, or hearse as WAY's better half calls them

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    rear

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    Geneva 2008.

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    Question that always haunts me .

    What's the reason that estate/wagon model cars so popular in Europe ?

    Is it because of its practicality, style, price or what ?

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    Ron, it's definitely not the price, as they are more expensive compared to the sedans.
    Practicality - IMO to a small extent only.

    Main success driver is image/design.

    25 years ago nobody would have bought a wagon unless he was a craftsman needing the additional room to carry his tools -hence a wagon (I love the bureaucratic German word Kombinationskraftwagen - short form "Kombi") has been regarded as completely "uncool"

    Then the industry started to take more care of the design. At the same time people gained more free time (less work hours) and needed a car to carry their (bulky) sports equipment etc.

    Et voilá - all of a sudden the "Kombis" (of course the industry abolished this name: today they are named Touring or Avants as we all know) were regarded as "trendy, stylish and young".

    IMO really clever marketing (the wagons usually cost some 3k Euro or so more compared to the sedans).

    As a result today the sedans are regarded as the Grandpa's choice, whereas the wagons carry an image of youth/lifestyle/sportiness.

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    Interesting, thanks for clearing this Porsche-Jeck.

    May be its popularity will trickle down to the U.S. too.

    As far as I can remember very few estate models of European cars sales in here for example AUDI hardly brings any of its estate models and I can remember seeing BMW or MB models very often.

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    Ron (Houston) said:
    Question that always haunts me .

    What's the reason that estate/wagon model cars so popular in Europe ?

    Is it because of its practicality, style, price or what ?



    It's because we want to haul a bunch of "crap" around as well. You know, family, diapers, shopping, sporting equipment...

    But unlike the great (as in large) US of A, there's no room for a Suburban on European roads, streets, parking lots. So we don't buy one (or two like someone I know ), we buy a estate instead. (The estate/sedan ratio in Norway is about 70/30)

    More or less every Norwegian has a cabin either up in the mountains or by the sea, or both. And to fit the family, all the skiing equipment, food and beverages for a weekend in the cabin you need something with a larger and more practical boot than a sedan.

    The idiosyncrasy goes the other way as well. Take you americans obsession with 4wd. BMW, for example, has made several 4wd versions of their cars that are not available in Europe (try buying a 535xi here)

    So we're not the only weird ones...

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    temm said:
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    Ron (Houston) said:
    Question that always haunts me .

    What's the reason that estate/wagon model cars so popular in Europe ?

    Is it because of its practicality, style, price or what ?


    But unlike the great (as in large) US of A, there's no room for a Suburban on European roads, streets, parking lots.




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    temm said:
    Take you americans obsession with 4wd. BMW, for example, has made several 4wd versions of their cars that are not available in Europe (try buying a 535xi here)




    What, doesn't BMW sell their 4WD versions in Norway?? Here they do...

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    Of course they do, the "standard" 4wd versions, 525xi, 530xi and 530xd. But the 535xi is a US only car, so far at least.

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    Oh, then I misunderstood. Sounded like no BMW 4WDs were available in Norway... I'd say it's just a matter of time before we'll see the 535xi here too.

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    To me this C-class estate doesn't look as good as the Audi and BMW equavalent.

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    Seeing that this is the Sports Car Board, it is only appropriate that I post these pics. Hot!




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    Now that is one good looking Estate, thanks Way
    You missed one

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    Temm, I thought you would have beaten me to poting the C63 estate!

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    Well, I can't do'em all. I have to leave some for you other guys as well

     
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