Is the Station Wagon Officially Dead?
Another part of your childhood is going to die today. It looks like the station wagon is about to disappear.
Volvo was the last company carrying the torch for the station wagon. Sure, other manufacturers might throw one token one out there, but Volvo has been leading the station wagon movement for at least 20 or 30 years. And now they’re done. And the entire station wagon genre looks like it’ll be done with them. Volvo has announced that they are going to stop selling station wagons in the U.S. because there’s no market for them anymore. Last year, they only sold 480 V50 station wagons…total…in the entire country!! The website Edmunds.com still lists 31 station wagons, but the classification they use is pretty fuzzy . . . very few of the wagons on their list remotely resemble the classic station wagon from “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. Most of them are more like minivans that are sort of shaped like the older wagons, or family vehicles like the Dodge Caliber that are in between a car and a van. Volvo says that between minivans, crossovers, and SUVs, families just aren’t interested in the more old-fashioned station wagons anymore.