From a global perspective, however, the era of station wagons seems to be fading. The trend towards SUVs, which has increased from 26 to 51 percent of total European sales since 2016, is cited as the main reason for the death of station wagons. However, industry expert Stefan Bratzel from the Center for Automotive Management warns against pushing the “SUVization” of the automotive industry to the limit. He emphasizes that station wagons can be ideal for electric vehicles with large cargo space due to their aerodynamic shape and low production cost.
However, station wagons have a special meaning for Mercedes, especially in Europe. 78,000 examples of the station wagon variant are produced each year, and almost half of the new Mercedes C and E vehicles registered in Europe are station wagons. However, the company insists that no final decision has been made yet.
It remains to be seen if Mercedes-Benz will take such drastic measures and what effect this will have on loyal station wagon fans. However, signs point to a change in the automotive world, and the future of station wagons seems more uncertain than ever.