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The compact model from Toyota is coming onto the market for the first time as a station wagon.

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According to the manufacturer Dacia, the cheapest station wagon on the German market when it launched this summer: the Logan MCV with a starting price of 7990 euros.

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The Qoros brand will have to be remembered: The up-and-coming Chinese company is also planning the depicted station wagon for the German market.

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Tourer is the nickname of the Honda Civic as a station wagon. The series model of the study shown is to be unveiled at the IAA in autumn.

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Variant Variant: The current Golf will be available as a combination from summer at prices starting at 18,950 euros.

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Starts before the summer holidays: the Skoda Octavia Combi constructed from the same construction kit as the VW Golf. Prices start at 16,640 euros.

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They are not as fashionable as an SUV and not as variable as a van – but classics among practical cars: station wagons. And right now they even seem a little more fashionable than usual.

S.ou are the real heroes of everyday driving. Even if vans, off-road vehicles and crossover novelties stave off some customers, station wagons have been very popular with family men and frequent drivers for decades. Furniture store, hardware store, vacation, bulk purchase – "wherever there’s something to stow away, they willingly open the big flap," says Nick Margetts from market researcher Jato Dynamics, casually describing the inviting nature of this type of vehicle. "And that continues to be well received by customers."

According to Margetts, this preference can also be soberly proven in numbers. The sales share of station wagons in the middle class in 2012 was 67 percent. “And in many series such as the Audi A6 or Opel Insignia, more loadmasters than sedans have long been sold.” The proportions for these models would be 70 and 74 percent.

So it is not surprising that manufacturers are increasingly devoting themselves to the estate car category: This spring alone, half a dozen new products are being announced in high-volume segments, some of which will not be available for sale for a year.

The new Dacia Logan MCV occupies a special position: With a base price of 7990 euros, the car, which will be available from summer, will be the cheapest station wagon in the republic, announced the Renault subsidiary. Available with two petrol engines with 75 HP or 90 HP and a 90 HP diesel, it offers a trunk volume of 573 liters with a length of 4.49 meters. The maximum loading length is 2.70 meters when the rear bench and front passenger seat are folded down.

Octavia cheaper than Golf

Also in the compact class, but at a price more than twice as high, the second important station wagon premiere of the year starts: the new Golf Variant. VW announced that it should come to dealerships in the summer for at least 18,950 euros. Compared to the sedan, the Variant has 31 centimeters more overhang at the rear and a correspondingly larger trunk.

The luggage compartment of the station wagon, which is available with four petrol and three diesels with 85 HP to 150 HP output, holds 605 liters with upright rear seats and can be expanded to 1620 liters. The predecessor only had 505 liters of loading volume.

In terms of price and storage space, the Octavia Combi from the VW subsidiary Skoda, constructed from the same construction kit, is better off: At 16,640 euros, it is quite a bit cheaper than the Golf Variant. And in the data sheet there are 610 liters to 1740 liters of loading volume. The market launch should take place before the summer holidays.

Civic Tourer arrives in 2014

The popularity of station wagons in Europe is also spurring Japanese manufacturers: For the first time, Toyota has developed an offshoot of the Auris with a large hatch and 530 liters of trunk volume, which will be launched in July. It comes late, but has a unique selling point, says Toyota spokesman Henning Meyer: "As the first station wagon in this segment, the Auris Touring Sports is also available with a hybrid drive."

Honda is also offering its compact class model Civic as a station wagon. The Civic Tourer was only available as a study at the Geneva Motor Show in March. “But at the IAA in September we will be showing the production model, and sales will start at the beginning of 2014,” promises press spokesman Stefan Beckmann.

Despite the manufacturers’ great willingness to experiment with body shapes, nobody has to worry about the future of the station wagon, says market researcher Margetts. "Even if the segmentation of the vehicle range is constantly advancing and with cars like the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake or the 3 Series GT from BMW there are new alternatives to the classic station wagon, there will still be enough customers for station wagons," he is convinced.

European taste in demand in China

It may well be even more in the future: Although the station wagon has so far been primarily a European phenomenon, in America it is only a marginal phenomenon and in China it is almost impossible to sell. But in the Far East, tastes are slowly changing, says Volker Steinwascher.

The former VW manager heads the new China brand Qoros and made his first foray in Geneva: with the study of a smart loadmaster for the Golf class. In addition to Germany, the car is also intended for the Middle Kingdom.

Steinwascher is in good spirits that the station wagon on display can also score points in Beijing by the time it is launched in two or three years’ time: “After all, European tastes are very popular with the Chinese.” The way the wealthy rave about luxury sedans and sports cars could be According to Steinwascher, the growing middle class will soon make friends with the load masters.

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