Since the advent of SUVs, wagons have nearly disappeared from American roads, but they remain quite popular in Europe. This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai rolled out a wagon version of the car we know here as the Sonata. Over there, this variant is called the i40 Estate. As regular readers know, we're fans of the 2011 Sonata. And like the Sonata, the i40 Estate is a looker.
Automakers have long said Americans don't buy wagons and consequently have kept most of them overseas. A proof, Subaru dropped the low-riding Legacy wagon in 2008, leaving the jacked-up Outback as its only wagon offering. Even Volvo nixed the V70 wagon, leaving just the pricier XC70. Ultimately, the few true wagons that remain are uber-expensive German rides.
Bucking trends, Acura took a chance by bringing the wagon version of its TSX here - essentially the European Accord wagon. So far, it's not setting any sales charts on fire. But it has some near-lux competition. In the small car and family sedan categories, the wagon market is largely uncontested. A model with the right package, and fuel economy, could turn the tide.
Has the time come for a rival? Is this the model to lead it? Post your thoughts in the comments below.