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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.
The station wagon, a form of automotive life once thought to be heading for extinction, is staging a comeback these days with versions being offered in the U.S. by a diverse selection of car makers: from budget models by Daewoo and Suzuki to luxury and performance offerings by the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. And though American shoppers still favor minivans and sport-utility vehicles when they fork over their down payments, the decisions may have more to do with perception than reality.
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)
June 10, 1987 | United Press International
Six people were killed when their station wagon exploded in flames Tuesday after a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 10, authorities said. A preliminary investigation indicated that the station wagon hit the back of a small trailer being pulled by another vehicle, then veered into the path of a truck.
December 23, 1985 | Gary Jarlson \f7
The driver of a station wagon that struck and killed an Orange man was being sought by authorities Sunday. According to the California Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Thomas Mendoza Brito was hit about 10:50 p.m. Saturday as he attempted to run across the eastbound lanes of the Riverside Freeway, east of Imperial Highway. Brito was clipped by a car driven by Charles D. Miller, 46, of Perris and then struck by a white station wagon that did not stop, investigators said.
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.
March 19, 1986 | Associated Press
Two people injured in an automobile accident were listed in critical condition Tuesday. Seven people died in the Monday crash, which occured when a station wagon heading the wrong way on Interstate 40 collided with another car, police said.
July 31, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
A Pacoima man was killed and his wife seriously injured Friday when their station wagon collided head-on with a pickup truck on Sheldon Street near Roscoe Boulevard, police said. Eloy Martinez, 55, was driving his station wagon south on Sheldon when a white pickup driven by Matthew Murray, 28, of Palmdale, crossed the double yellow line, said Officer Gerald Madera of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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