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October 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
One of the quirkiest trends in the auto industry is Ford's success at selling the massive Flex in California. This is an odd vehicle - kind of a 1950s' Woody meets a 1970s Ford Country Squire station wagon. The Flex, however, is the third-best-selling full-size sport-utility vehicle in California through September, according to a report from AutoCount, the car data division of Experian Co., and the California New Car Dealers Assn. The Flex, which starts at about $30,000, is counted in that category but really is an SUV-styled station wagon.
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April 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention Vermont, the Pacific Northwest and college towns everywhere: Subaru plans to use the 2014 New York Auto Show to debut its all-new Outback station wagon. The perennially popular all-wheel-drive wagon is largely based on Subaru's Legacy midsize sedan. An all-new Legacy was unveiled at February's Chicago Auto Show, so it's no surprise that the more rugged Outback wagon version would follow soon after. Details on what will make the Outback tick haven't been announced, but don't expect much change from the mechanicals of the new Legacy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1990
Ten passengers on an RTD bus were slightly injured Monday afternoon when a 17-year-old girl driving a station wagon turned left into the bus at a Northridge intersection, Los Angeles police reported. The driver, whose name was not released because she is a minor, also received minor injuries, but her car was crushed "like an accordion," said Officer Paul McMillin. The bus passengers complained of neck and back injuries, McMillin said, and the girl received a bruise on her head and leg cuts.
AUTOS
March 13, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Its resume reads like an overachieving supercar. A twin-turbocharged V-8 unleashes 577 horsepower to all four wheels, it takes 3.6 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, the sticker price passes $100,000 even quicker than that, and it's a station wagon that seats five comfortably. Wait, what was that last part? Yes, for the few buyers who crave a vehicle that can haul the entire family to a night at the movies fast enough to earn them a night in jail instead, Mercedes-Benz would like to offer the E63 S AMG station wagon.
NEWS
January 14, 1999 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Let's make the point by word association: station wagon. Webster's--barely able to cork its enthusiasm--says it's an automobile with more cargo space than a comparable sedan, plus a rear seat that folds flat and a rear door hinged at any of four sides. Let's get serious. Station wagon: * Yards of tin stamped and painted to look like hickory ribs riveted to mahogany paneling. Given enough acid rain, the look matures to shelf paper around an Altoids box.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN
A station wagon hit a Ventura Freeway guard rail near Seacliff and was sheared in two early Monday morning, leaving a passenger with back injuries and cuts. Esther Lee, 24, of British Columbia, remained in fair condition at Ventura County Medical Center after the accident that police said occurred when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Lee and Jin Kang, 20, of Riverside were traveling south on the Ventura Freeway on a nonstop trip from Seattle, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
TRAVEL
April 7, 1991 | C.W. GUSEWELLE, C. W. Gusewelle has written four books of essays, including "A Paris Notebook" (Lowell Press) and "Far From Any Coast: Pieces of America's Heartland" (University of Missouri Press). He is an associate editor and columnist for the Kansas City Star
Probably we'll not own another station wagon. You live life once, and those days will never come again. I say it with the same sharp ache of separation a general must feel for his last command, or an octagenarian for his lost teeth. The blue station wagon was a wonder. It carried us 237,000 miles--more than nine and one-half equatorial circumferences of the Earth. In memory, that splendid machine represents a time when we had it all.
NEWS
February 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A domestic airliner hit a station wagon and crashed while trying to land in southeastern Brazil, killing a woman and her 4-year-old son, a TAM Regional Airlines spokesman said. All 39 people aboard the plane survived. The spokesman said the 48-seat, twin-engine Fokker turboprop crashed at Bauru, 220 miles from Sao Paulo. The pilot and co-pilot were hospitalized, and some passengers were treated for minor scrapes and bruises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1985
Three people were injured, two critically, when a car traveling an estimated 90 m.p.h. struck the rear of a slower moving compact car Sunday in North Hollywood, police and fire officials said. The compact burst into flames after it was shoved nearly 500 feet onto the front lawn of a house.
AUTOS
May 22, 2002 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From women fleeing the stigma of being a "minivan mom" to skiers seeking a snow-going alternative for the ubiquitous sport utility vehicle, a growing cadre of car shoppers is rediscovering the station wagon. It seems that in some quarters it's cool to be square. The boxy station wagon, almost killed off by the minivan and the SUV in the 1990s, is staging a bit of a comeback. The shapes, though, are sleeker these days and the accoutrements posher.
AUTOS
February 27, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volvo will use next week's Geneva Motor Show to debut the last in a trio of stunning concept cars that point to the brand's design direction in the very near future. The Swedish-by-heritage, Chinese-by-ownership automaker announced Thursday that it will unveil the two-door Concept Estate station wagon on March 4. It follows in the footsteps of the Concept Coupe that debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2013, and the Concept XC Coupe that Volvo displayed at January's Detroit Auto Show.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | Brian Thevenot
The quest for the perfect car is forever frustrated by compromises. Shopping turns into an endless series of trade-offs: You can have a cushy ride or taut handling, but not both. Interior room or sleek styling. Horsepower or gas mileage. That makes the art of building cars a balancing act -- one that BMW pulls of better than most with the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. This is a four-wheel-drive station wagon that drives like a sports car and gets 43 mpg on the highway. Yes, there's a catch -- the $49,275 sticker price on our test car. That suggests the 328d is more than $20,000 better than, say, a Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen diesel.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The owner of an auto body shop near the home of the Boston bombing suspects said the younger brother appeared in his  store on Tuesday, nervous and demanding his car immediately. Two weeks ago, said 44-year-old Gilberto Junior, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had brought in a white Mercedes 1967 station wagon to have the damaged rear bumper repaired. He said it belonged to his girlfriend.  That was not unusual: Tsarnaev often brought in cars for wealthy friends from Boston University and MIT, Junior said, and always paid in cash.  What was strange was that the man showed up Tuesday wanting the car back early, clearly agitated.  "He was very nervous, biting his nails, agitated," Junior said.
AUTOS
February 6, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
You're too cool for a station wagon and no fan of SUVs. But you still want your German luxury wrapped in a practical package, so what do you do? BMW hopes you'll consider its new 3-Series Gran Turismo. Answering a question no one seems to have asked, this four-door hatchback is an all-new model for BMW and mimics the company's larger 5-Series GT version. It's almost eight inches longer than the forthcoming 3-Series wagon and sits a little more than three inches higher. Photos: 2014 3 Series GT hatchback announced This gives rear passengers more legroom than the 3-Series sedan or wagon and expands the cargo area by a cubic foot.
AUTOS
November 1, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any indication, there's a new automotive trend for the outdoorsy yuppie. It's a station wagon. Too culturally sensitive to be caught in an SUV, yet ever mindful of the curbside erratum that is the minivan, those with an active lifestyle or projection thereof clearly seem to be finding solace in the 2013 Audi Allroad. The car is essentially a more rugged yet equally sophisticated cousin of the A4 station wagon (nee Avant)
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any indication, there's a new automotive trend for the outdoorsy yuppie. It's a station wagon. Too culturally sensitive to be caught in an SUV, yet ever mindful of the curbside erratum that is the minivan, those with an active lifestyle or projection thereof clearly seem to be finding solace in the 2013 Audi Allroad. The car is essentially a more rugged yet equally sophisticated cousin of the A4 station wagon (nee Avant)
NEWS
December 25, 1986 | United Press International
The state is trying to determine what to do with a $36,000 customized station wagon it bought last June for outgoing state Controller Ken Cory, it was reported Wednesday. The Sacramento Union said the new GMC Suburban was delivered to Cory three months after he announced in March that he would not seek reelection. A spokesman for Cory, who leaves office Jan. 5, said the car was ordered before Cory decided not to run again. The vehicle was customized by a Fort Worth, Tex.
NEWS
October 24, 1985 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
Four months after the St. Joseph Center closed its free lunch line because of complaints from neighbors, volunteers from the Venice-based charity organization have resumed the program at a beachfront parking lot. The handouts began with little fanfare last week, but word spread quickly among the homeless people who frequent the beach area.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The Ford Flex is an odd vehicle - kind of a 1950s woody meets a 1970s Ford Country Squire station wagon - and seemingly out of place in a state where the 50-mile-per-gallon Toyota Prius hybrid is the top seller. Yet, in one of the quirkiest trends in the auto industry, the massive Flex is one of the bestselling full-size sport utility vehicles in California this year. It is selling well even though gas prices are at record levels. The Flex gets about 20 miles per gallon and costs about $75 to fill up. "It has this retro style," said Joyce Solodovnikov, a part-time interior designer from Santa Barbara who finds the seven-seat Flex useful for size, comfort and hauling her six grandchildren around.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
One of the quirkiest trends in the auto industry is Ford's success at selling the massive Flex in California. This is an odd vehicle - kind of a 1950s' Woody meets a 1970s Ford Country Squire station wagon. The Flex, however, is the third-best-selling full-size sport-utility vehicle in California through September, according to a report from AutoCount, the car data division of Experian Co., and the California New Car Dealers Assn. The Flex, which starts at about $30,000, is counted in that category but really is an SUV-styled station wagon.
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