It looks like GM's Holden brand is pushing to have its new VE Commodore Sportwagon shipped off to its cousins on the other side of the world. Built on the same rear-drive platform that underpins the Holden Commodore sedan — and soon-to-be Pontiac G8 — the Sportwagon actually has less cargo space than its predecessor, the VZ Commodore wagon. That, Holden execs say, will likely reduce its competitiveness among local fleet buyers. Thus, they're pitching GM on the car's export potential, saying Holden could make up for the loss in business sales by exporting something like 10,000 units. Imagine the Sportwagon wearing a Pontiac badge, they hint, and it could capture a segment of disaffected SUV buyers. Grand Safari, anyone? [GoAuto]
The deal with wagons is that their sedans with elongated rooflines and a tailgate, which means they ride like a car, drive like a car,and look like a car because they ARE a car and not some wannabe "cute 'ute".
For someone with a family, or just a lot of cargo hauling needs, wagons are a much more stylish and comfortable alternative to an SUV or minivan, and probably the only type of family vehicle that could be remotely appealing to someone that actually likes cars. This makes it all the more frustrating that wagons have been largely ignored by the Big Three since about 1996 despite still being popular overseas.