Return the station wagon

It is a station wagon.

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What looks like a landboat, wooden panels for sports, and everything a large family needs for a car? Station wagons that are hard to replace these days.

Simple station wagons, such as 800-square-foot homes and small motel rooms, have been useful for generations of American families and road trips. But unlike those others, today there is nothing inferior or obsolete about it.

Occasionally seen by car enthusiasts and urbanists, the common light car is ridiculous and can reveal ignorance of family needs. Sedan is not suitable for families of 5 or more, families of 2 or more, or traveling with dogs of 2 or 3 or more. We need something bigger to arrange our daily trips.

A station wagon with a spacious trunk, a large room, and seats Buick Roadmaster Estate currently collectable,Until 8 people (Or equipment, bicycles, or pets, in addition to a smaller number of people) clearly met this demand. These vehicles were powered by powerful engines and weighed in the 4,000-pound range. They resemble low-rise minivans and, despite being essentially elongated sedans, function in much the same way.

SUVs and minivans, which have largely replaced wagons, are widely recognized as safe in the event of a collision given the driver’s high position and the overall mass of the vehicle. However, the safety benefits of SUVs are less than many consumers think. For example, the high center of gravity makes it more susceptible to rollovers.Is The main advantage of an SUV in a collision is its weight., As mentioned above, it was also found in many station wagons.

But how heavy is it? Small car.No less than a car lover Shop class as a soul craft And Why we drive The author, Matthew Crawford, wrote about the rise of large SUVs: “We are involved in a mass arms race for vehicles.” He also agrees that some studies suggest: the perception that SUVs are very safe and safer than they really are encourages careless or reckless driving. “Rebound effect” In energy economics. In short, SUVs are somewhat safer than sedans, mainly because of the dangers SUVs pose to sedans. Consumer report Write, “Just because a big and heavy car has the advantage of facing a small and light car head-on doesn’t mean that the light car is unsafe. In fact, it’s safer than ever.”

The low profile of the station wagon is also a very important consideration from a safety standpoint. In addition to speed and curb weight, the point at which the front edge of the vehicle comes into contact with the pedestrian determines how it behaves. Likely to cause serious injury to pedestriansA sedan or wagon with a low sloping front end hits below the average person’s waist and sometimes rides on the hood or windshield. SUVs or minivans (not to mention pickup trucks) have a much higher front end and are flat. An ordinary person hits the chest bluntly. Some blame the rise of smartphones and “distracting gait” as the cause of the worrisome increase in pedestrian deaths in recent years. However, the average car size, mass, and front end height will increase. Expanding SUV market share on the street Please explain this phenomenon better. A car driver does not necessarily collide with more people.But Vehicle-pedestrian collisions are becoming more and more deadly..

So why did SUVs and minivans almost completely remove the wagon from the market? Despite the wagon’s stereotype, “Dud Mobile“And as stylistically sticky and outdated, consumer preferences haven’t just evolved mercilessly over the last 40 years. Government regulation has mostly spawned SUVs, and in some stories I killed the wagon.

The regulation in question was the CAFE fuel economy standard introduced in 1978. From the beginning, passenger cars had strict standards, and trucks, including “light trucks,” had loose standards. This distinction exists because trucks were recognized as commercial vehicles, and the real purpose of CAFE was to increase the efficiency of passenger cars. The wagon is a car. SUVs and minivans are “light trucks” from their platforms and chassis.Bruce McCall Review New York Times Reporter Keith Bradshire Bossy In 2002, he called the SUV’s “light truck” status “a faceless wapper, which specifically means ignoring the much stricter rules governing passenger car design, equipment, and performance.”

Clever corporate fraud? Some argue that the story did not begin when automakers popularized SUVs and broke through regulations, but because the CAFE standards made it difficult to produce heavy station wagons. 2019 New York Times Former car owner Lee Iacocca’s ofary ob report “The strict fuel economy regulations imposed on cars in the 1970s made it virtually impossible for automakers to continue selling large station wagons, yet many Americans still wanted wider cars. A family-friendly car that was regulated as a light truck. ”Before the SUV dominated the heavy-duty car market in earnest, the answer to this challenge was a minivan that was lightly converted from an existing cargo van to a passenger car. did.

2012, car enthusiast blog Car truth Announced a long analysis Learn how CAFE standards narrow down categories such as station wagons and compact trucks to drive production of heavy pickup trucks and SUVs (which is also Detroit’s largest source of revenue). This is partly correct, but it minimizes regulatory capture and corporate agency rights.First of all, the wagon did Until the mid-2000s, it continued to produce a significant number, albeit in small quantities. Second, if automakers could convince regulators to treat minivans and SUVs as trucks, they could also convince them to treat wagons as a separate, looser regulatory category. No doubt to say. They didn’t care.

Today, many “crossovers” — SUV-style vehicles based on cars rather than truck platforms — are cars, despite approaching and exceeding the size and weight of classic wagons. Is regulated as. (Some are yet It is regulated as a truck, and some vehicles even have “car” and “truck” models. EPA explains, “GVW All Two-Wheel Drive SUVs under 6,000 lbs [gross vehicle weight] Most four-wheel drive vehicles or SUVs with a GVW over £ 6,000 are considered trucks, but are classified as vehicles. SUV models with a GVW of less than 6,000 pounds are available in both passenger car and truck versions, with the two-wheel drive version being classified as a car and the four-wheel drive version being classified as a truck. is.

“Light truck” passenger cars continue to benefit from less stringent mileage standards. However, the rise of crossover vehicles poses the same safety risks to pedestrians as SUVs, indicating a higher center of gravity than sedans.

Lower the crossover to return to the classic wagon shape and bring back the nostalgic American motoring. This is an almost superficial change for drivers and families and provides everything they need in a spacious car. And it can make all the difference to everyone else.

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