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

Volvo has made a lot of promises recently about concepts that will blow us away. The first two versions have done exactly that, and now, ahead of the third one’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show , we’re getting a few hints at what’s in store for concept number three.

The concept has been billed as the Concept Estate and follows in the work of the Swedish company’s first two concept offerings, the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe . Not much in the way of details yet except for a handful of teaser photos unveiled by a Swedish company called Stutterheim.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Stutterheim is actually a Swedish raincoat maker that’s been tasked by Volvo to develop the car cover the Concept Estate will be, shall we say, hiding from before it makes its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Seems to explain why these photos were first seen in the website of Stutterheim; after all, the company is also probably showing off its new Estate Svart car cover, a design that was co-created by Volvo’s design time that makes use of "hand-stitched seams on a rubberized cotton fabric in the best quality."

As far as the Concept Estate is concerned, there are a few details peaking out from under that Estate Svart car cover, including the same prominent grille we first saw from the other two concepts. There also appears to be a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a dual exhaust system ,and five-spoke alloy wheels, which are all hardly surprising given the efforts Volvo put to show the world that it’s ready to come out and fight for attention.

More details of the Concept Estate are expected to drop when Geneva opens its doors.

Update 02/26/2014: The leaky faucet over at Volvo has officially turned on, and images of the Volvo Concept Estate have made their way online, thanks to the folks over at Jalopnik. You can see the images after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about the Volvo Concept Coupe and the Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Source: Stutterheim
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In the world of supercar -powerful wagons, there are very few names. Machines like the now-ancient Volvo 850R have given way to the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon , Audi RS6 and the Mercedes E63 AMG, but that still only represents three models out of the hundreds of cars available worldwide.

It now seems that there will be four insane wagons vying for your cash now, as Jaguar has just officially announced the XFR-S Sportsbrake.

The behatched version of the XFR-S uses the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that is tuned to the sweet sound of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That means the 60 mph mark blows by in 4.6 seconds and the top speed rings in at 186 mph.

There is a dark cloud to this silver lining though. Just like the Sportbrakes that have come before, this Jag is not for U.S. consumption. Even if I won’t see them on US roads, I still praise Jaguar for putting their biggest engine into a wagon to begin with.

Bravo.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake.

The C63 AMG is up for elimination after this year, as we already know. So, what better way to say farewell to the old girl than with a proper sendoff by Chris Harris. Harris spent a little more time with the C63 AMG , after giving it a thorough thrashing earlier. This time, however, he spent most of his time simply talking about what a great car it was., and I couldn’t agree more...

With 507 horsepower pumping out from its 6.2-liter, V-8 engine, the C63 AMG Edition 507 was the ultimate sedan and wagon. Unless you knew what you were looking at, the C63 AMG looked like any other old Mercedes car, but with a sprint time of 4.3 seconds to 62 mph, there were few muscle cars that could hang with it.

Have a look at the video and give the C63 AMG the attention it deserves before Mercedes puts it to rest.

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Audi’s RS models represent the pinnacle of speed and performance. Every enthusiast knows that anything wearing the RennSport (RS) designation is something special. The entire legacy of RS models began 20 years ago with the creation of the RS2 Avant. A project that was developed in partnership with Porsche , the RS2 features a 311 horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine and quattro AWD in a wagon shell.

Fun Fact: The RS2 was actually manufactured by Porsche , not Audi, in the same factory that produced the bonkers Porsche 959 supercar. Even today, RS models are not assembled on standard assembly lines.

To pay homage to the car that started it all, Audi is releasing a special edition version of the RS4 Avant . The new RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show . This special edition is coated in Nogaro blue paint, reminiscent of the blue hue that the RS2 was sold in.

With quattro AWD, a monster V-8 and five doors, the RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection is the perfect successor to the machine that started it all.

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Volvo is the king of the wagon. From the Duett in the ‘50s, to the Amazon wagon in the ‘60s and all the way up to the bonkers five-door, speed demons, like the 850 R, Volvo is one of the few brands that has continually advanced the art of the station wagon on U.S. shores. Even today, when more and more buyers are shunning the five-door wagon and moving to SUV s worldwide, Volvo has not given up on its heritage.

This is the 2015 Volvo V60 Sportswagon .

The V60 combines the style and luxury of the successful S60 sedan, and combines it with the utility and space of a wagon. The newest V60 has already been on sale in Europe since 2013, and now we finally get a chance to taste the forbidden fruit. The car is scheduled to hit showrooms early this year and comes powered by one of three turbocharged engines. AWD will also be offered.

Read on to learn more about the new 2015 Volvo V60 and see our exclusive photos from a recent drive.

Updated 2/3/2014: We got a first-hand look at the 2015 V60, have a look at what we thought of it after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming 2015 Volvo V60

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Remember the Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Concept unveiled back in 2012 at the Paris Auto Show ? It was the first concept car to use design elements from Peugeot ’s new style approach. Now, at the 2014 International Automobile Festival, Tribute to Sensations in Paris, Peugeot will unveil the basic design of a new concept car using similar styling. It will then fully reveal the concept at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition on April 20th.

The first image of the concept reveals a four-door coupe that is 186.2 inches long and 51.6 inches high, making it very athletic and sporty. Peugeot revealed no details on the engine just yet, but we’re certain it will be an evolution of the hybrid system used in the Onyx, which was a 3.7-liter, FAP HDi V-8 engine combined with an electric motor and regenerative braking for a total output of 680 horsepower!

There are no other details to reveal as of now, but we will bring you updates as soon as Peugeot releases them.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2012 Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Concept.

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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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