We at topspeed.com love station wagons. Our personal favorite is the S73 T AMG a.k.a the insane Sultan’s S-Class station wagon with the Zonda engine as seen in the picture. But we want to hear from you; yeah you! Are station wagons cool?
Station wagons help people carry their world with them wherever they go. They are big, sometimes ugly and not all that versatile. Their main pluses are loads of space for both passengers and luggage. Award winning sedans like the C Class and the BMW 5 Series have wagon versions too, which makes them derivatives of a cool car.
The word "station wagon" was derived from the wagons that carried people and luggage from the train station to various local destinations back in the 1920’s.
Ok, now, does the excess enclosed storage area take the cool factor away from the transformed sedans? If you think they are cool, which one is the coolest? Would you buy one this winter?
Who says that a station wagon must be a boring vehicle? Practical, multifunctional and dynamic - the new Golf Variant by ABT Sportsline combines these attributes perfectly. The world’s leading Volkswagen-tuner developed a wonderful body kit for the most practical model of the Golf family. The low front spoiler lip gives the face of the Variant an even more distinctive and therefore sportier touch. Together with the side skirts, the rear wing and the 2-pipe rear muffler made of stainless steel, the vehicle gets an overall successful appearance.
The ABT Golf Variant appears even there beautiful where normally usefulness reigns. In simple words, at places where the family’s luggage or bulky things are loaded. As perfect complement for the elegant station wagon, we recommend wheels by ABT: No matter if the well-proven AR or the new BR wheel with its corresponding spoke-pairs - the wheel creations from Kempten suit the Golf Variant perfectly. AR and BR wheels are both available in sizes up to 19 inch, of course also with suitable tires.
At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, open to the public between 6 and 16 March, Citroën is unveiling two new models: the C5 Tourer and the New Berlingo. The C5 Tourer is a variation on the new C5, combining style, space, functional design and performance, while the New Berlingo is an ultra-functional family car.
The C5 estate boasts elegant and dynamic exterior styling, with a stylish front end identical to that of the saloon and a rear end of determined, powerful appearance. The body style reveals a strong identity and real versatility.
The flowing profile of the C5 estate expresses a perfect balance. The vehicle is 4.83m long, 1.86m wide and 1.48m tall. The proportions are generous but the additional volume has no impact on the overall lines. Reflecting the sculpted design of the saloon, the rear end features geometric shapes that suggest width and convenience from a horizontal perspective, while maintaining an elegant and dynamic appearance. The new C5 estate expresses values that will appeal to customers looking for modern concepts tailored to their lifestyles.
GM Holden released pricing for the all-new VE Sportwagon at the Melbourne International Motor Show today, adding great value to its list of attractive features.
The 2008 VE Sportwagon range starts from as little as $37,790 # for Omega, with each of the seven models only $1,000 more than their VE sedan equivalent.
At $41,290, the new VE Sportwagon Berlina is an amazing $5,600 less than its VZ wagon equivalent whilst offering a range of engineering advances and safety features including Electronic Stability Program (ESP ® ) , Rear Park Assist and six airbags which are standard across the range.
Having more than doubled the model range from three in VZ to seven in VE, the new Sportwagon offers buyers more choice and more features to further enhance its appeal to both private and business customers.
The Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel being premiered in Geneva marks the beginning of a new era for natural-gas-fuelled automobiles. Until now, passenger cars operated using eco-friendly, low-consumption natural gas have tended to be "mild mannered". The Passat changes that once and for all with its 147 hp TSI engines.
And yet the direct-injection turbo engine in the Passat, specifically designed to run on natural gas, consumes no more than 5.2 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometres. The Passat and the Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel are due to be launched on the market around year-end.
Some guys from Audiworld publish some pictures taken in Germany of what it looks is the Avant version of the Audi S4. The exterior is not the S4, but the brakes and the back kind of say it is.
According to some inside information from someone on Audi, the new S4 model will be powered by a 3.0 liter TSFI engine twin turbo, generation 330 hp. The time needed to make from 0-60 mph will be better that the 5.4 seconds from the actual model, dropping to a clean 5 seconds.
Audi will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the Avant version of the all-new A4. Sales will begin in Spring, at a price starting €27,550 for the Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI Attraction.
The A4 Avant will be offered with five engine types to begin with: two gasoline engines and three diesel engines with an output between 143 hp and 265 hp. A new TDI engine that will develop 170 hp will be added later.
The new 3.2 FSI is the most powerful engine that comes with the new A4 Avant. It has an output of 265 hp and reaches 330 Nm (243.40 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm. It powers the A4 Avant from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 6.4 seconds and on up to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). At the same time, fuel consumption has dropped by 1.5 liters.
The 1.8 TFSI, too, is a highly efficient engine. The compact and light four-cylinder unit has an output of 160 hp and reaches 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. It powers the car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.9 seconds and on up to a top speed of 218 km/h (135.46 mph).
The 3.0 TDI engine has an output of 240 hp and reaches a torque of 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. Its performance figures – from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.3 seconds, a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) – demonstrate this engine’s dynamic character.
The 2.0 TDI is offered in two versions: one developing 143 hp and 236.02 lb-ft of torque and the other generating 170 hp and 258.15 lb-ft of torque. Both ensure powerful propulsion – the basic TDI accelerates the A4 Avant to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.7 seconds and facilitates a top speed of 208 km/h (129.25 mph). The more powerful of the two accelerates the Avant to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.6 seconds and on up to a top speed of 222 km/h (139.19 mph).
Peugeot will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 308 SW, first shown as a concept version in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 307 SW is a unique and original concept which combines a number of strengths such as driving enjoyment, onboard comfort and convenience, comprehensive equipment levels and good load carrying abilities.
The 308 SW is available with a wide choice of modern, high performance, economical and environmentally-friendly power trains.
Eleven are on offer in total, to meet the requirements of the widest possible customer base. Five petrol engines, from 70 to
95 to 175 bhp including a “BioFlex” option and three HDi diesel engines, including two which are fitted as standard with a Diesel Particle Filter System (FAP). They are available with either a five speed manual gearbox, four speed automatic or an all new 6 speed manual gearbox.
The 308 SW range, which will differ between individual countries, will consist of five trim levels between now and the summer of 2008. The entry level will, however, take the place of the “Estate” version of the 307 range. It will be fitted with a traditional steel roof and a folding rear bench seat, and will be aimed at customers mainly in search of an accessible vehicle with lots of space.
Finally, available in ten exterior colours, several different interior trims combined with either cloth or leather based interiors, the 308 SW range will have a version to appeal to the most demanding customers.
Honda unveiled today the European version of the all-new 2009 Accord that will make its world debut at the Geneva motor Show next month. All the engines in the new Accord are equipped with the Euro 5 emissions system, available starting September 2009.
Significantly wider and slightly lower, the styling adopts a more emotional, sporty motif. The ‘sharp-edged’ design, with pronounced muscular wheelarches that emphasize the car’s wider track, gives the Accord a distinctive, strong stance with a solid, planted feel. The distinctive nose and more flowing lines deliver a tauter and more athletic shape.
First choice of engine is the new i-DTEC engine that delivers 147 HP at 4,000 rpm, and a peak torque of 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter i-VTEC offers similar levels of performance to its predecessor – 156 PS at 6,300 rpm – but builds on its class leading fuel economy. Key technological changes include increased diameter intake valves, further optimized valve lift and timing and increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.
The 2.4-liter engine is more powerful, delivering 200 PS at 7000 rpm and peak torque of 233 Nm at 4500 rpm – up from 190 PS and 223 Nm. Behind the figures are a compression ratio increased from 10.5 to 11.0:1, larger diameter valves, revised valve timing, and reduced exhaust system pressures.
All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic.
Hyundai unveiled today at the CHicago Auto Show the 2009 Elantra Touring, a sportier, more functional variant of Hyundai’s popular Elantra sedan.
Elantra Touring is powered by the same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a very broad power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The Elantra Touring’s exterior dimensions (176.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 59.8 inches high) make it a great fit in the compact five-door segment, while its long wheelbase (106.3 inches) means that Elantra Touring offers class-leading interior volume.
UPDATE 12/23/2008: Hyundai has just released prices for the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Pricing starts at $18,495 for the 2.0-liter (only one offered) 138 hp hatchback/wagon. The price starts to climb when the customer begins to add options with the most expensive model being $19,995 featuring a Premium-Sport package.