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Station wagons power up for Euro market

Fast, high-performance station wagons are a thing at this year's Geneva Auto Show

Published: March 8, 2017 4:00 AM
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GENEVA (AP) -- Fast, high-performance station wagons are a thing at this year's Geneva auto show. Just please don't call them station wagons.

Volkswagen's Porsche, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and BMW AG all introduced vehicles with long, roomy rear ends -- but with powerful engines that set them far apart from the stereotypical suitcase- and pet-transporters of years gone by.

Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo comes with up to 550 horsepower and a rear roof spoiler that automatically adjusts to increase stability at speeds above 170 kph (102 mph). (That speed is legal on many stretches of Germany's highways.)

Mercedes-Benz's high-performance brand, AMG, has the E63 Estate; the most powerful version goes from zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds -- sports-car acceleration that could easily tip over any groceries in back.


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