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Station-Wagon / Estate

  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.

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Ford Focus

Just before we rang in the new year, our spy photographers caught the updated version of the current-generation Ford Focus testing in the cold. Now, it looks like new year began with yet another testing session for the model, but this time the testing took place in hot weather.

Besides the temperature difference and lack of snow, what’s different this time is that our spy photographers managed to catch both the hatchback and the station wagon versions, and that both don the real taillights. Everything else remains identical to the previous prototype we caught, including the selective camouflaging.

Rumors suggest that the revised Focus will get a fully revised front end, an updated rear end, a bigger screen for the infotainment and satellite navigation system, and a revised button layout. Ford will likely add a new lineup of colors and materials, and some new wheels design.

Under its hood, we expect a revised engine lineup that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy.

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Jon Olsson is a professional freeskier and alpine ski racer coming from Sweden. As he spends most of his life on the snow, you can imagine that for him a car specially equipped for the winter is a must. In the past years he prepared himself a very cool Lamborghini Gallardo to transport his ski, but also a specially designed PPI Design R8 Razor GTR , among many other.

Now his garage will also include a new Audi RS6 Avant specially designed for the winter season. Apparently the new RS6 Avant made quite an impression and this is why it was picked by Olsson: "this truly is the most impressive car I have ever driven, the only car that came close to impress me as much was the Agera R , so I think that says a lot!"

We are not very sure if a comparison between the Agera R and the RS6 Avant is accurate, but we just can’t wait to see all the updates the car will receive in the near future.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS 6 Avant Winter Mobile by Jon Olsson.

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Mercedes unveiled the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake version late in 2012 and it looks like a facelift version is already under development. Our spy photographers managed to shot the first images of what appears to be an updated version of the current sports station wagon.

The prototype wears little camouflage - a clear indication that only minor parts will be revised, with no changes expected to happen under the hood. After all the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake is already a very powerful wagon: it gets a 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

For the exterior Mercedes will focus on making the car fresh and ready to stay on the market for a few more years. As a result the updates should be inspired by the recently launched AMG models and they should be limited to some minor tricks to the front and rear bumper. Some minor changes will also be made under the hood.

Expect the revised CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake to be revealed sometime in early 2014, most likely at a major show like the Geneva Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake.

Estate wagons are far from the sexiest cars in the road these days, but when you have a German tuner like Loewenstein Manufaktur, those bulky beasts like the C63 AMG Estate won’t look as unflattering anymore.

Looking at the high-powered wagon post tuning development, you can immediately tell that this isn’t you dads normal C63 AMG Estate. It comes loaded with exterior, interior, and performance upgrades, that really is what you can all hope for in a car like the C63 AMG Estate.

It’s already got the horses to be a beast on the road, but thanks to Loewenstein, you have a wagon that has more power, looks more aggressive, and has a lion tattoo on its hood!

Loewenstein may not be known as much as its German contemporaries, but if it can continue to produce builds like this, the company is well on its way to fame, fortune, and everything in between.

Click past the jump to read more about Loewenstein’s program for the Mercedes C63 AMG

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Our spy photographers have caught the C-Class sedan and convertible testing plenty of times, and today it’s time to have a look at the third version in the lineup: the C-Class Wagon, or T-model as Mercedes likes to call it. The car was caught testing while spinning around the Research and Development center in Germany.

As expected, the C-Class Wagon production ready, and wears just a little camouflage. The lack of camo is no surprise, given it will share nearly every detail of the exterior design with the sedan version. The new C-Class Wagon will also borrow the engine lineup from the sedan, including the hybrid and the AMG powertrains.

We expect the C-Class sedan to be revealed in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show , and the wagon should be about six months behind it, with its debut likely taking place at the 2014 Paris Auto Show .

Updated 12/23/2013: The upcoming Mercedes C-Class Wagon was caught testing by one of our readers, and he handed these exclusive images off to us. Check out the new exclusive spy shots after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes C-Class Wagon.

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How often do you get to experience a super fast luxury station wagon doing insane speeds on test bowl or even a twisty, complicated and undulating test track? Audi UK recently ran a campaign where guests were invited to experience Audi’s ’S’ and ’RS’ range of premium sports cars .

Millbrook proving grounds is a purpose-built test facility in Bedfordshire, England. It includes a high-speed bowl where the cars can be maxed, plus a twisty Alpine test course with elevation changes and tight bends. The Alpine course was designed to mimic actual mountain roads where the car’s high speed handling and stability are pushed to the limit.

Guests got a chance to ride alongside a seasoned driver and experience the limits of the cars. The new Audi RS6 Avant was the star of the show, much to the surprise of just about no one. Despite its immense size and weight, the RS6 was pretty quick around the Alpine track, and on the high-speed bowl, the RS6 hit speeds in excess of 170 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant

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Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Last week, the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake was, once again, caught testing on public roads in Stuttgart, Germany. Now, Mercedes has taken it for another testing session, but this time on the roads of Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, for a little winter testing.

It’s no surprise to see the Mercedes CLA receiving a shooting brake version, considering it is the baby-brother of the CLS, which also has a shooting brake version.

As for the CLA Shooting Brake, it will feature a design language similar to the sedan, with except of that sweet shooting brake tail, which looks identical to the CLS Shooting Brake ’s tail.

Under its hood, the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake will feature the same engine lineup as the sedan, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine offered in two output levels — 121 horsepower and 154 horsepower — and an AMG version with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.

Brabus’ attendance at the 2013 Essen Motor Show will be highlighted by a new program for the Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon . So what if the car doesn’t look as sexy as sexy as other Mercs; when you have the kind of performance upgrade Brabus did to it, you won’t be sweating about the car’s lack of "aesthetic appeal".

Before we get to the performance boost, it’s important to point out that the program also comes with its share of new carbon-fiber body parts, including the front spoiler lip and a diffuser insert. A new sports exhaust system was also installed, this time coming with quad tailpipes. Similarly, new wheels are also part of the program, with customers being given the liberty to choose in sizes up to 20 inches.

Moving inside, the cabin of the E63 AMG Wagon comes with a number of customization options that customers can choose from, including picking their leather trim, Alcantara, aluminum shift paddles, among other things.

Finally, there’s the performance modification. Not content with just a 5.5-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine, Brabus increased the displacement to a monstrous six liters. From there, the tuning firm installed custom turbos with bigger compressors and bespoke exhaust manifolds to feed the beast a healthy amount of oxygen.

With all these upgrades, the German tuner was able to increase the output of the wagon from 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 850 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque. The latter, though, will be electronically-limited to just 849 pound-feet of torque, to prevent the engine from twisting itself and the transmission right out of the wagon.

With these new performance figures, the E63 AMG Wagon is cable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph with regular tires and 217 mph with high-performance rubber.

Click past the jump to read more about Brabus’ program for the 2014 Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon

With the new C-Class sedan revealed almost completely, our spy photographers were out and about looking for the station wagon lacking camo. Well, today was the day, as our spy shooters found the T model, as Mercedes likes to call it, totally free of camouflage as well. It was not a video or a photo shoot; rather, the Mercedes guys "forgot" to cover it up. They did cover it up later, but it was a little bit late by that time.

Unfortunately, our spy photographers managed to catch only the rear of the car, but even so, we could sport some elements never seen before. You can now clearly see the taillights that go all the way to the tailgate and give the new C-Class wagon a wider look, kind of like a smaller E-Class wagon. Rounding out the changes we can see are exhaust pipes that are integrated with the rear bumper.

Since the new C-Class will grow in dimensions when compared to its predecessor, we expect it to offer more interior room and increased cargo space.

The new Mercedes C-Class will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.


There is something about Black Friday that brings out the crazy in people. Trampled store employees and fistfights over the latest Elmo doll in the toy aisle have become an unfortunate yearly tradition only hours after observing Thanksgiving. It’s ironic to say the least.

But perhaps equally as ironic is the idea of a station wagon hitting 60 mph in under four seconds while hauling a trunk-full of Christmas presents for the whole family. We’re not afraid to explore the ironic here at TopSpeed, so we compiled a list of vehicles we would use to snag all those infamous Black Friday deals.

These Black Friday cargo haulers had to be fast enough to outrun other shoppers, have enough cargo room to haul a flat-screen TV with other boxes stacked around, and flashy enough to let others know you mean business.

Scroll on down for TopSpeed’s top-10 list of Black Friday deal-getters and why we chose them. Leave a comment on which one you would be driving.

Click past the jump for the Top 10 list of best wagons, hatchbacks , SUVs and — uhm — "Other" gift getters


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