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

The Volkswagen Passat has a long and storied history that dates back to the automaker’s decision to release the Dasher in the U.S. in 1974. Save for the change of name, some safety add-ons and emission-reducing components, the Dasher was essentially the same as the rest of the world’s Passat. The Quantum replaced the Dasher in 1982, then the Passat finally arrived in the U.S. in 1990.

Heading toward 2015, the highly anticipated, eighth-generation — sixth generation in the U.S. — Volkswagen Passat, which rides on the new MQB platform, has been already launched in Europe, although it won’t reach the U.S. market until 2016. Redesigned inside and out, the new Passat was dressed in a more stylish suit and fitted with a host of brand-new convenience and safety features.

Much like the previous iteration, the 2015 Passat becomes available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. For the very first time, the mid-size vehicle has gained a plug-in hybrid version powered by a gas unit and an electric motor combo. Naturally, the redesigned Passat will endure a few changes before it reaches North American shores, but the Euro-spec model is a very good preview of what we’ll be getting in showrooms for the 2016 model year.

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The Skoda Octavia vRS , a high-performance version of the company’s notchback sedan and estate, was launched in 2001, five years after the Octavia nameplate was revived. The first-generation model was powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivered 178 ponies. The unit was later upgraded to displace 2.0 liters and churn out 220 horsepower. Going into the 2015 model year, Skoda is rolling out an even more powerful version of the Octavia, taking its output into the 280-horsepower territory.

Developed to mark the 40th anniversary of the RS brand, the fastest Octavia ever built joins the lineup to take over the range-topping model crown from the already powerful vRS. Dubbed Octavia RS+, the new member of the Octavia range also comes with a host of visual improvements meant to raise the bar in terms of sportiness and aggressiveness. A number of exclusive features set it apart from the regular Octavia and even the vRS, but we’ll talk more about that after the jump.

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Last time we caught a glimpse of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate , the beefed-up wagon was trotting around German streets with heavy camouflage covering most of its body. Fortunately, the lightning-fast grocery getter is now shedding some of its cladding as the Germans have begun testing its skills on the Nurburgring track.

Spotted by our photographers stationed on the Nordschleife, the wagon switched from using black, heavy camouflage to a lighter, swirly wrap. Although half of its body is in plain sight, the essential exterior details, most notably the front fascia and the rear apron, are still hidden.

Expect the C63 AMG Estate to break cover with a front fascia similar to that seen on the recently unveiled CLS63 AMG . The bumper will feature larger side intakes, a narrower center intake with a spoiler lip peeking out at the bottom. The new diamond-pattern grille and the Multibeam LED headlamps will also replace the older units for a enhanced look.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes C63 AMG Estate.

In America, the A6 ’s history stretches back to the 1995 model year, when the German automaker refreshed its existing 100 model and renamed it the A6. In the same year, Audi renamed its existing S4 the S6 , giving the new model a performance model to call its own. In 2003, the U.S. got a taste of the true potential of the A6 lineup, as the RS6 and its 450-horsepower V-8 made a quick, one-year-long cameo here. The RS6 Avant made its debut in Europe in 2013, and as we head into the late-2014, early-2015 model year in Europe, it appears an uprated RS6 Avant Plus is on its way.

Now it is time to get even more excited, as it looks like Audi will apply the same treatment to more models in its lineup and the next in line is the RS6 Avant .

First details suggest that, unlike the previous two Plus models, the RS6 Plus’ final output will be increased to an astounding 600 horsepower — up from the standard 560 horsepower in the RS6 Avant. The extra 40 horsepower combined with numerous weight-saving tactics will transform the RS6 Plus into a real beast.

The best part is that the model won’t be built in limited fashion, so if you want an improved RS6 this may be your chance.

We’ll update this review as Audi releases more info.

Updated 06/24/2014: A happy accident revealed a series of new details on the future RS6 Avant Plus. A British Audi dealer posted on its web site details on the future sports wagon. Of course it took it out when realizing the error, but it was too late. According to them, the RS6 Avant will be powered by the usual 4.0-liter TFSI engine, but with the output increased to 600 PS (591 horsepower). (Autoevolution)

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The Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake was launched in 2012, two years after the second-generation CLS Coupe arrived in dealerships. The wagon was released in a bevy of trim levels and engines, ranging from small-displacement diesels to turbocharged V-8s. Naturally, Mercedes also offered an AMG-prepped model in the shape of the CLS63 AMG . However, the CLS Shooting Brake was never on sale in the United States, although its coupe brother made it Stateside from the very beginning.

That’s not likely to change for the 2015 model year, when the facelifted Shooting Brake is scheduled to show up in dealerships around Europe and Asia. The refreshed wagon comes with slightly revised front and rear fascias, an updated interior and two brand-new engines. Although the exact same units are also offered in the 2015 CLS Coupe , which is available in the United States, don’t expect the diesels to cross the Pond anytime soon.

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The first CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake was released 2012, and for 2015, Mercedes Benz has already released a new and updated version of this pavement devouring wagon. The Shooting Brake is a wagon based on the CLS , and the 63 AMG signifies that this version has been fettled by Mercedes in-house skunk works division. It boasts more than 500 horsepower courtesy of a force-fed V-8, making it one of the most powerful five-door cars on sale in the world.

Coming into 2015 , the car sees increased luxury and technology features, and AMG also found a lot more power hiding in that 5.5-liter V-8 to make this thing even faster. Some of the upgrades include a nine-speed transmission and Multibeam LED lighting.

The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake was already a dramatic and exciting wagon, but with the upgrades to the 2015 model, Mercedes-Benz is making sure that no other wagon in the world can compete with what the CLS offers. Audi and Cadillac , you have just been put on notice.

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

As the focal point of the Worthersee car show, Volkswagen has a huge presence at the show. But for all the years that it’s been attending the event, VW has never brought a Golf Variant to the show. That all changed in 2014, as the Volkswagen Golf Variant made an appearance with the "Youngster 5000."

VW developed this showpiece as part of its talent program and the wagon itself was built with the help of six young apprentices. That’s making a real statement that the design pool inside Volkswagen isn’t drying up.

The "Youngster 5000" features a unique Arancio Argos Pearl finish that is complemented by transplanted components from the VW’s R GmbH range. The front and rear bumpers, the door sill package, and the seat system were all added to the Golf Variant, creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance that fits in with all the other concepts and prototypes at Worthersee.

By the way, the "Youngster 5000" title of the Golf Variant takes its name from a unique addition to the cabin of the vehicle, a 5,000-watt sound system that Volkswagen mounted on skids in the rear that passengers can control using a customized iPad.

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Our spy photographers confirmed last month’s rumor about Mercedes-Benz working on a brand-new C-Class to fill the gap between the C400 and the more powerful C63 AMG . This confirmation comes by way of a wagon version of the C450 AMG Sport stretching its legs in Germany.

Caught completely undisguised, the second-brawniest current-generation C-Class Wagon sports a more aggressive front bumper that doesn’t stray too far from the piece seen on the regular model and an AMG-style grille that carries just one horizontal bar.

Around back, the differences are less noticeable, with only a dual-exhaust system catching our eyes. The wagon also benefits from a different set of wheels that are similar to some we’ve seen recently from AMG. The "4MATIC" badge on the rear hatch suggests the C450 AMG Sport will arrive with all-wheel-drive.

Scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2015, both the sedan and wagon versions of the C450 will carry a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6. This engine puts out 329 horsepower in the C400 model, so it wouldn’t shocked us to see the hotter C450 AMG Sport carry more than 370 ponies.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes C450 Sport AMG Wagon.

Polestar may be the most renown company in the Volvo modifying business, but these Swedish cars have gone through many workshops for visual and performance upgrades in recent years. One of them belongs to Heico Sportiv , a German venture that has left its fingerprint on anything from the compact Volvo C30 to the full-size XC90 SUV .

More recently, though, the crew located near the city of Darmstadt has been busy turning the V40 hatchback into a more nimble machines. Using various tricks, the Germans came up with the T5 HPC and V40 "Pirelli" , both outstanding in terms of performance and looks.

For 2014, Heico Sportiv decided it’s time to take the V40 Cross Country to another level and turn it into a crossover capable to take on rougher paths without losing its much appreciated driving dynamics. To achieve that goal, Heico started by raising the vehicle’s suspension by about 30 mm (1.2 inches) and designing specific shock absorbers and springs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo V40 Cross Country By Heico Sportiv.

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed if it will sell a Golf R wagon in the future, but it appears its engineers and test drivers are busy developing a hot grocery getter. Now just in prototype form, the Golf R Variant showed up at the Nuburgring track to practice its skills and give us a taste of what we may be getting in showrooms. Not surprising, the wagon borrowed many body details from the hatchback , including the more aggressive front bumper, the 19-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile tires and a quad-exit exhaust fitted below the rear bumper. Some of these features set it apart from the mule we’ve seen earlier this year .

There are no badges proving the wagon we’re looking at is the Golf R, but our spy photographers have confirmed that Volkswagen is indeed testing it on the Nordschleife before giving it the green light.

If the Germans decide to go ahead with the project, the Golf R Variant will most likely be powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 290 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. The wagon should take fewer than six seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph on its way to a top speed limited at 155 mph. The 4MOTION all-wheel-drive and the six-speed manual gearbox will come standard, while VW will offer the six-speed DGS as an alternative.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant.


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