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2017 Volvo V90 premium station wagon priced from $50,945 in the US

Volvo’s stylish premium station wagon is heading to the market, and it doesn’t come cheap. As Swedish carmaker Volvo has indicated, its new Volvo V90 midsize wagon won’t be available through traditional means in the United States. This means that even if you go to the US dealer nearest your location, you won’t be able to simply come out of the showroom driving a 2017 Volvo V90 premium station wagon. This is because Volvo has decided not to stock the V90 stylish wagon in the US, as it has deep concerns over the low demand for regular wagons. Thus, if you want to get Volvo’s premium station wagon as your ride, you have to place a special order for the V90.

Good thing is that Volvo has launched an online configurator for its new products. This would allow interested customers to decide on the specs, features and elements of their new Volvo V90 without having to go their local dealers. Interestingly, the prices are also indicated, which means customers could also fit their Volvo V90 to their budget, giving them a clear idea how much money they need to shell out for their new premium station wagons.

The least expensive Volvo V90 – yes, this stylish wagon fetches a high price – could be availed for a base price of $49,950. When the destination fee of $995 is included, the total price surges to $50,945. This goes for the front-wheel drive V90 R-Design grade that is powered by a T5 turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers up to 250 hp of output and up to 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

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JLR Design Director confirms end of Jaguar station wagons

At a Jaguar F-Pace event, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Design Director Ian Callum said that JLR will no longer be releasing station wagon versions of the Jaguar XE and Jaguar XF. Accordingly, this is because of the low demand for station wagon versions in Europe. This move will allow JLR to refocus on crossovers, which are widely popular across the world.

Being a station wagon enthusiast himself, Callum expressed that he is sad about the decision but he explained that the carmaker needs to move away from the declining market. After all, JLR was not able to make a huge name for the brand when it comes to station wagons. The company has only offered station wagon versions of the 2012 Jaguar XF and the 2004 Jaguar X-Type.

Callum said that the leader in providing station wagon models is Germany. However, Germans favor German manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

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Kia is set to launch its new Optima Sportswagon at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The motoring world is abuzz with excitement on the March 1 global premier of the all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This would be Kia's first D-segment tourer, with the D-segment being the European Commission classification for large cars, and is inspired by the 2015 SPORTSPACE concept which made its debut last year during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Optima Sportwagon bears a striking resemblance to the well-received 2016 Optima Saloon in terms of exterior appeal and the premium interior. However, being a wagon, it has that added cargo capacity which makes it more practical and certainly more appealing to those tourer-inclined buyers. Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer of Kia Motors Europe, explains that the Optima Saloon signals the brand's design-focused shift for its next generation vehicles.

The SPORTSPACE concept was just a prelude as to what Kia planned to do next with the high-successful Optima Saloon which is to morph it into a sporty station wagon to introduce more practicality and style. For the moment, this eye-catching Sportswagon seems to be specifically targeted to the European market.

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Volvo unveils new Premium Station Wagon in Stockholm -- the V90

To the delight of estate wagon buyers, Volvo finally unveiled the highly anticipated Volvo V90 in Stockholm Sweden. The new station wagon offering from Volvo is the latest of its premium 90 Series which includes the award winning XC90 SUV Car and the recently introduced S90 sedan.

Volvo has been a well-known brand in the station wagon segment since the company launched the highly successful Volvo Duett 30 years ago. This new top-of-the-line station wagon is seen as a continuation of that tradition and heritage and reinforces the premium car maker's hallmarks - a perfect balance of beauty and functionality with the V90's high-end design and quality materials combined with the practicality and utility of a true station wagon.

Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars president and CEO, notes that Volvo's long history in the wagon segment has made the brand almost synonymous with station wagons in people's minds.

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The 2016 BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo is arriving as a distinctive saloon that features classic proportions combined with a dynamic design that provides the ‘supercar’ experience along with everyday driving convenience.

As compared to its earlier versions, the new model has an improved 4.4 liter V8 Bi-Turbo drivetrain that is capable of producing 600 Hp which can allow the Saloon to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 4.2 seconds time period.

BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo gives a high torque output of 800 Nm that is complemented with a perfect 8-Speed Sport Automatic Transmission with Alpina Switch Tronic, which gives the driver a lot of forward momentum up to a staggering 328 km/h.

Read the entire article 2016 BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo breaks cover with 600 hp

Opel unveiled to the global auto market its latest compact class station wagon – the all-new Astra Sports Tourer – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the hatchback version of the next generation Astra. Donning an athletic appearance, the Astra Sports Tourer is provided with the same innovative development features found on the Opel Astra.

Since the all-new Astra Sports Tourer is underpinned by lightweight vehicle architecture, it can be up to 200 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model but it is still as practical and as dynamic as it has always been. To achieve this, Opel implemented a compact design both in and outside of the Astra Sports Tourer.

Opel also used high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and implemented modifications to the axles, to the front and rear of the vehicle. As a result, the entry-level Astra Sports Tourer – at around 1,263 kilograms (including driver) -- is some 130 kilograms lighter than its outgoing counterpart.

Read the entire article 2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer makes global debut at Frankfurt motor show

Expect to see the unveiling of Honda’s Civic Tourer “Active Life Concept” at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Among the highlights of this Tourer are its top-of-the-class cargo room and its flexibility in the C-segment.

What this concept proves is that style and space can go together. Apparently, Honda really wants to fill its customers’ needs related to having an active lifestyle with its sleek exterior and range of interior accessories as well as a personalized paint color.

The Civic Tourer Active Life Concept makes full use of its fuel tank’s center layout, giving it a low loading height and a trunk space that measures 1,668 liters. Furthermore, it offers a set of highly interesting features such as a smart loading rack that can transport 2 bicycles and a retractable arm that may be pulled out from the track, allowing for easier repairs and maintenance.

Read the entire article Cyclist fans await unveiling of Honda Civic Tourer Active Life Concept in Frankfurt

Few leaked photos made Skoda officially unveil its all-new 2015 Fabia Combi ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show. According to Skoda, the 2015 Fabia Combi will offer a 530 liters boot capacity and an impressive 1,395 liters with the back seat folded down, which is the largest in its segment. Compared with the previous version, the volume increased by 25 liters.

Moreover, the 2015 Fabia Combi is 10 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than its predecessor. When it comes to design, the front end is identical to the hatchback model while the rear is completely new and features the typical Skoda C shape taillights with contrasting dark edging. The 2015 Fabia Combi will be offered with a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines.

Power output of the petrol engines ranges from 75 hp (55 kW) to 110 hp (81 kW). Meanwhile the new three-cylinder diesel range offers between 75 hp (55 kW) and 105 hp (77 kW). Engines are offered as standard with a manual transmission, while as an option Skoda offers the DSG gearbox. All engines meet the EU6 emission standards and come with Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery.

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Here comes another entry in Skoda’s ongoing product offensive – the third generation Skoda Fabia Combi. Just as its name suggests, the Skoda Fabia Combi combines rich design, functionality and environment-friendliness, as well as technologies and features typically found only in vehicles belonging to higher classes.

Customers who think that cars as small as the Fabia Combi would not be able to offer safety, comfort, smartphone connectivity and infotainment features might have to reconsider that opinion. Just like the latest generation of the Skoda Fabia hatchback, the Skoda Fabia Combi is out to surprise the driving public once again.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi is around 10 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than the previous model. As another product of the evolved Skoda design language, the Skoda Fabia features an emotionally rich design showered with elements from the Skoda VisionC concept.

Read the entire article 2015 Skoda Fabia Combi officially announced for 2014 Paris Motor Show

Peugeot introduced today the new performance 308 GT versions of the Hatchback and SW models. As expected, these models arrive with a new design consisting on a new front grille that features the Lion emblem (moved from the bonnet to the grille), top-of-the-range headlights fitted with 62 LEDs, new direction indicators, black lacquered door mirrors, tinted windows, new side sills as well as a new set of 18-inch Diamant wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.

The rear end features a lacquered black diffuser, new twin exhaust pipes and the GT signature which is integrated into the tailgate. The GT signature is also found on the front grille and wheel arches. The 308 GT arrives with a new and exclusive ‘Magnetic Blue’ exterior colour, which is historically reserved for French competition vehicles.

The sporty theme is continued at the interior where the models feature roof lining and upper window finished in anthracite, aluminum pedals, stainless still finishers in the door sills and red stitching on the upholstery trim, dash, door panels, gear knob and floor mats. The steering wheel is also unique to these models and arrives with perforated leather trim and GT badge.

Read the entire article 2015 Peugeot 308 GT Hatchback and SW unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show

Peugeot is expanding its medium-car range with the new and entirely redesigned Peugeot 308 SW estate car. The Peugeot 308 SW now boasts of an attractive stance with a sleek and sporty look. Bearing dimensions of 4.58m in length and 1.47m in height, the new Peugeot 308 SW comfortably tops customer expectation and requirement in the sector, as it is able to offer enough volume, roominess, versatility and practicality – thanks to its class-leading boot capacity of 610dm3 (VDA 210 standard).

The new Peugeot 308 SW features stylish and clean lines and offers a practical and clutter-free purpose-designed space. As attractive as it is, the Peugeot 308 SW is also simple and effective in terms of modularity, thanks to seats that can be folded with a single action from inside the boot and perfectly flat floor.

Like the new Peugeot 308 hatchback, the new Peugeot 308 SW is also underpinned by the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) that optimizes weight savings while providing improved dynamic efficiency. The new Peugeot 308 SW is around 140kg lighter than its predecessor, paving way for improved overall driving experience. The Peugeot 308 SW could be availed at launch with Euro 6 petrol and diesel engines.

Read the entire article Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2014 Peugeot 308 SW unveiled

Despite the rumors and other reports it appears that Bmw will bring the next 3-Series Wagon to the United States. This means that all the 3-Series lineup – sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon – will make its way in the United States. Still, don’t expect it to see it within an year as the wagon will arrive in Europe in late 2012 while the coupe and convertible will arrive in late 2013 as a 2014 model. What is more interesting is that the new F30 3-Series will also offer diesel engines in the United States.

As you may know already, the 2012 Bmw 3-Series Sedan was unveiled last Friday and promises to offer new engines as well as new options. The 2012 3-Series Sedan will offer two gasoline engines which will be found on three models.

The 320i and 328i will use the same 2.0-liter gasoline engine delivering 184 hp (320i) and 245 hp (328i), while the 335i will get the 3.0-liter six-in-line engine delivering 225 kW/306 hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at just 1,200 rpm.

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GM North America President Mark Reuss said that a wagon version of the new Malibu is an “interesting idea.” This comment given to Automotive News gives the few fans of the wagons in the U.S. something to look forward to.

The wagons are admired for their practicality and driving dynamics that are unrivaled by the heavier and bigger crossovers and SUVs. GM has a wagon offering in the Cadillac CTS but it doesn’t have an entry in the non-luxury category.

Hyundai recently displayed its i40 wagon in Europe, which is a version of the current-generation Sonata presently available in the U.S. This led many to hope that it will eventually be offered as a U.S.-market model.

Read the entire article GM’s Mark Reuss thinks a wagon version for new Malibu is ‘interesting’

Volvo will stop importing the V50 wagon to the U.S. as the market has migrated to crossovers, according to Doug Speck, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. The V50 is actually the only wagon that Volvo sells in the U.S.

Speck didn’t say when the V50 will be discontinued though. At the end of the 2010 model year, Volvo stopped importing the larger V70 station wagon and said that it will not import the V60 wagon that debuted in Europe last year.

Speck said that sales of the traditional station wagon segment have been falling over the last decade. And in that period, the crossover segment has grown exponentially. He said, “The reality is the crossovers of today are the wagons of yesteryear."

Read the entire article Volvo will cut V50 wagon from U.S. lineup to focus on XC range

Acura is offering a wagon version of the TSX sedan for 2011. Wagons actually have a very small share of the near-luxury segment in the U.S. and not many automakers produce them. According to Steve Center, American Honda Motor Co.'s chief marketing officer, the wagon is an alternative to SUVs but “without the girth or the stigma and with all the utility.”

Basically, the wagon is a sheet metal extension of the sedan. It has the same hard points as the sedan and even the seating locations are identical.

Because of this, the extension goes entirely into the cargo area. Notably, the TSX gives up four inches of wheelbase to the Audi A4 Avant wagon, but the Acura is four inches longer overall.

Read the entire article Acura will join the fight on the market with wagon version of the TSX sedan

UK pricing for Volvo’s new V60 sports wagon has finally been unveiled. This vehicle, which was recently introduced at the Paris Auto Show, is available in four equipment levels: ES, SE, SE Lux and R-Design.

The standard equipment for the entry-level ES model includes Electronic Climate Control, Cruise Control, 5 inch color screen as part of the new Infotainment system, Information Centre, floor mats, Passenger Airbag Cut-Off Switch, steering wheel remote audio controls, alloy wheels and leather steering wheel and gear stick.

Also offered as standard are the following: six-speaker Performance Sound Audio System, 16 inch alloy wheels and charcoal trim.

Read the entire article 2011 Volvo V60 priced from £23,145 in the UK

As expected, Ford revealed today the official details of the 2011 Ford Focus, the next generation of the popular car, in three versions: sedan, hatchback and station wagon. Ok, we’ll start with the most interesting parts, the engines.

The new generation of the Ford Focus will be powered by a state-of-the-art 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, available in power outputs of 150 PS and 180 PS.

The 180 PS version of the Ford Focus has the capability to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph). It also boasts an average fuel consumption of 6.0 liters per 100 km (47 mpg) and emissions level of 139 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

Read the entire article 2011 Ford Focus Sedan, Hatchback and Station Wagon at the Paris Motor Show

Peugeot announced full details for its new 508 saloon and estate models weeks before they debut at the Paris Auto Show. The 508 range will boast an engine lineup that includes two petrol units and four diesel powerplants (all come with a Diesel Particulate Filter) that will be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox or to a six-speed automatic transmission.

In the petrol engine range, there is a 1.6 liter VTi that produces 120 hp and 160 Nm (144 grams of CO2 per km).

There’s also a 1.6 liter THP, which delivers 156 hp and 240 Nm of torque (149 grams of CO2 per Km for the manual box and 164 grams of CO2 per km for the automatic).

Read the entire article 2011 Peugeot 508: full details, photos and specs

The new Octavia will be opened by Skoda early next year together with an wide-ranging exterior and interior modification, taking the tremendously successful model current with the brand's current series.

Average price increases of the latest, enhanced Octavia are £473 for the Octavia Hatch and £478 for the Octavia Estate above the retiring version.

The new Octavia has received a battery of considerable design alterations which consist of dynamic, sweeping headlights and complimentary front fog lights, fresh retractable door mirrors and body color-matching bumpers and side moldings.

Read the entire article 2009 Skoda Octavia Facelift U.K. pricing announced

The Spanish carmaker Seat is about to develop four different models which could see the light of production within the next three or four years. The foretaste of what is yet to come was demonstrated by the Ibiza hatch which was opened in April 2008. Currently Seat is developing a new minicar and a compact SUV including the recently unveiled Exeo Sedan.

Another possibility would be the Exeo ST wagon which is set to showcase next month at the Geneva show. The Exeo ST is patterned after the preceding generation B7 Audi A4 Avant and will rival cars like the Ford Mondeo, Alfa Romeo 159 and Renault Laguna.

The Exeo Sedan and Estate will come with chassis and mechanical hardware basically similar to the Audi donor vehicle including four-link independent front suspension and trapezoidal suspension at the rear.

Read the entire article Seat Exeo Sport Tourer: details, specs and pricing