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Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:31 AM

^ Wiki says '96 was the last year for both the Century & Roadmonster wagons.

Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:40 AM

Estate Wagon came before Roadmaster Estate, the previous-design B-body. When was the last A-body Century Estate wagon made?

Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:39 PM

Off the top of my head, the Century

Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:28 PM

Yeah, I could see a Regal coupe more easily than I could have pictured a Regal wagon.

Someone educate me... what was the last Buick wagon that wasn't the Roadmaster?

Posted 10 September 2011 - 08:31 AM

Buick's priorities....

Smaller crossover
Astra coupe
Astra wagon (to compete with Jetta SW)
regal coupe?

I would put a Regal wagon after that, although i would like to see it here.

Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:06 AM


I think GM does need to occasionally test the wagon market, though. Eventually CUVs are going to become "uncool" and the popularity of wagons will come back. Of course, it might be an evolutionary thing, as CUVs get smaller & lower, and next thing you know you're looking at a CUV and realize it's just a wagon (not much of a difference as it is, just height essentially).

Ford pretty much did that with the Freestyle/Taurus X...


Even it failed as the car it was based on was ugly too. The Flex has done better but the price kills it as it is just way too much for what you get and there are much better cars in that price range.

The fact remains that there have been many good wagons over the last 10 years that pop up here and there and most fail in a few years. Even if GM makes this car the cost to make sure it will be legal here still cost money. I also think the economy may have help stop this for now. It was a risk that even if it had worked was going to be a modest return anyways.

The Kingswood Estate days are long over and have been replaced by seveal different models. Like em or not the public does and most sell 10 times or more than any car based wagon would. Sad but reality sucks sometimes.

Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:16 AM

I sawr a TSX wagon the other day that was NOT rotting on a dealer lot and I was like WTF??? I was afraid this would happen.

A Regal coupe sounds like a good pacifier. So does a Verano wagon... but I'm not holding my breath. As has been said, Encore will probably be "it" for a small, uber-practical Buick.

Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:15 PM

let them try the coupe here first, it's an easier sell to Americans than a wagon.

Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:59 PM

CUVs are all awful, just terrible-looking things - all of them. And, I think this wagon would have sold pretty well. But that isn't why I called this decision a mistake.

It's a mistake because the car is in production and all of the parts to make it happen here are in production. Anytime an opportunity like that exists, the bodystyle should be offered - even if on a limited basis. GM has been toying with the idea of creating families of cars (multiple bodystyles) on a single named model, and that's a great strategy. Every opportunity to re-introduce this concept should be taken to get folks used to it again. This approach is what made GM so successful in the past, and it will work again - if they commit to it.

So, boo to this decision.

Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:41 PM

I think GM does need to occasionally test the wagon market, though. Eventually CUVs are going to become "uncool" and the popularity of wagons will come back. Of course, it might be an evolutionary thing, as CUVs get smaller & lower, and next thing you know you're looking at a CUV and realize it's just a wagon (not much of a difference as it is, just height essentially).

Ford pretty much did that with the Freestyle/Taurus X...

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