- Volkswagen announced that it would end production of its two remaining wagons.
- Station wagons in the US have been the victims of a surge in SUV sales.
- But VW took the opportunity to look back on 53 years of wagons in the USA.
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Ah, the station wagon. So versatile, so beloved by car writers, and in the pre-SUV age, the favored conveyance of American families for generations.
Station wagons are dying in the US. Very few remain on the market, and this week Volkswagen announced that it would end production of its Alltrack and SportWagen models in 2019.
"SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods," Volkswagen’s US CEO Scott Keogh said in a statement.
Thoughtfully, VW took the opportunity of revealing the sad news to review its 53-year history of selling wagons to Americans.
Here’s a look back at all the great wagons VW has produced since 1966.
The 1600 Squareback Sedan. Produced from 1966-1971, this proto-wagon made 65 horsepower and had an early type of computerized fuel-injection.
The Type 412 Wagon ran from 1971-1974 and had a 1.6-liter motor that cranked out 80 horsepower.
The Dasher was sold from 1974-1981 in the US, and it had front-wheel drive. The engine made 74 horsepower.
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