Last Call: The Wagonmaster Edition

What company do you think holds the enviable title of “Wagonmaster” today?
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  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    I’d forgotten the Pinto was a 2-door wagon. Now I want.
    What even is a wagon these days? BMW and Audi make wagons pretending to be sports cars, Volvo and Subaru make wagons pretending to be SUVs. VW makes a 4-door wagon but it’s the size of a VW. Cadillac make a wagon which is just wrong as a concept.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Are you attempting to convince your fellow Hoons that you forgot this?

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        I guess I forgot that Pintos other than the Cruisin’ Wagon, which is in a class by itself, were also 2-door wagons.

    2. Eric Masek Avatar
      Eric Masek


      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        I guess so. It’s not like the manufacturers back in the day didn’t try to pass off their land barge wagons as sporty-wagons and luxury-wagons, so Mercedes has an Executive Class Wagon.
        Apparently they also threw their entire alphabet at it with the “E63 AMG S 4Matic”, which may be an E-class and and S-class at the same time? Only it’s the racing version?

        1. Eric Masek Avatar
          Eric Masek

          You can get the standard E350 (now e400 for 2017). The amg e63s is the highest package or s package of the amg line. Nothing to do with s class.

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        But, really, it is mostly the US that is in dire straights when it comes to wagons. In Europe, the wagon remains very popular, even though its market share is falling dramatically. Tried to write something about that topic here.

        1. Eric Masek Avatar
          Eric Masek

          This still counts also.

    3. Maymar Avatar

      At least the Outback is mostly just a Legacy wagon dressed up in polar fleece (just like its drivers), although I wish they still gave us the regular strength version.
      And I quite like the Golf wagon, but I also find a Mazda2 to be rather adequately sized, so my needs aren’t entirely relevant.

    4. Eric Masek Avatar
      Eric Masek

      This is alleged to also be making it to our shores in the future. C class wagon.

    5. crank_case Avatar

      Ford still make decent sized wagons, just not in the US.
      .they’re not even that common over here compared to sedan/hatch versions though. To be brutally honest, a tourneo connect is a far more useful vehicle in terms of usable space to vehicle size and maneuverability and has a kinda utilitarian charm about it.

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    I’ll take all three. My favorite is the Gran Torino Squire. It just needs a set of Magnum 500s.

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      And the 460. Can’t forget the 460.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        It’s only a model.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      One of my favorite drivers.

  3. Alff Avatar

    Ford is still the wagonmaster.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      If you include CUVs (which is fair enough really)

  4. outback_ute Avatar

    Maybe Peugeot, because they still build wagons with longer wheelbases and more space

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      That one used to be the smallest seven seater in the market; not sure if it still is. They make nicer ones, too:

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        The 508 is possibly the first ‘large’ Peugeot wagon that doesn’t have a longer wheelbase than the sedan. It is still longer than the 504 wagon, but not the 505 so if it was longer I imagine sales would suffer.

      2. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        That’s absolutely lovely, at least in profile.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    There’s a new Kizashi in town – unmarked and frosted.
    Also: A neighbour drives this giant MB Actros. During a night walk yesterday I was surprised to see the Mercedes star appears to be lid. All for marketing?

    1. Eric Masek Avatar
      Eric Masek

      Yea it’s available as an option on many models. When they came out we were installing a few a week on existing customer cars. People wee going nuts for them it seemed.

      1. CraigSu Avatar

        Well, of course they went nuts for them. Wouldn’t want to be mistaken for a plebeian at nighttime now, would we?

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    Saw one of these on the way to work this morning, wearing Mexican plates. What passes for a wagon now.

  7. sporty88 Avatar

    Here’s the Australian contender for the title – sadly it’s going into retirement at the end of 2017.

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