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Wagons Whoa!

While U.S. vehicle manufacturers seem to think that the station wagon is an anathema (or maybe it has something to do with the profitability provided by SUVs and now crossovers), that’s not shared by manufacturers in other parts of the world.

While U.S. vehicle manufacturers seem to think that the station wagon is an anathema (or maybe it has something to do with the profitability provided by SUVs and now crossovers), that’s not shared by manufacturers in other parts of the world. Fiat, which is on something of a roll with its 500 (http://www.fiat500.com/eng/index.asp?par=ind) has launched the Nuova Croma, which is quite openly described as, yes, a station wagon. The vehicle is 188-in. long, 69.6-in. wide, 63-in. tall, and has a 106-in. wheelbase. Inside, the cargo volume is a maximum of 56.8-ft3 (with seats folded and things stacked to the roof). It is available with both gasoline and turbodiesel engines. And it offers Blue&Me, which is a Microsoft Windows-based system that is like Ford SYNC, but which Fiat has been offering in a number of its models since the first half of ‘06.