Journalists paying attention to comments made by Mark Reuss, GM’s North American President, during the 2011 New York Auto Show – in particular, Automotive News – are pretty keen on the idea that Chevy ought to add a wagon variant to the Malibu lineup.
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Make that also a Buick, per Automotive News’s Rick Kranz.
Both sound like a perfect model expansion for family vehicles from two of GM’s family-oriented brands. After all, some families don’t want or need a minivan and are looking to get out of larger SUVs. A Chevy Malibu and Buick Regal wagon would give consumers an affordable bow-tie wagon and a more upscale one with the Buick logo on it.
Both are sure to be a hit, in FamilyCarGuide’s humble opinion.
Motor Trend, adding its own spin to the Chevy/Buick wagon story, says that a Buick-badged [Opel] Insignia wagon has been spotted driving around the Detroit area. The publication adds that the new Malibu is based on the corporate Epsilon II chassis, “which underpins the Opel Insignia [and] is offered as a wagon in Europe.”
Witness the appeal of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and CTS-V Wagon from GM’s luxury brand. While sales of CTS are on the rise across the board, the wagon variants are attracting their own adherents.
Seems like the General’s other family-car brands should get in on the action.
What do you think? Does a Chevrolet Malibu Wagon and/or Buick Regal Wagon seem like a good fit in the product mix for GM? Let us know in the comments section below.