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In troubled times, America keeps station wagons rolling

US car giants General Motors and Chrysler might be sputtering A popular method for adhering thin films onto a substrate. Sputtering is done by bombarding a target material with a charged gas (typically argon) which releases atoms in the target that coats the nearby substrate. It all takes place inside a magnetron vacuum chamber under low pressure.  through bankruptcy, but one of the most iconic American-made cars is refusing to be backed down the cul de sac CUL DE SAC. This is a French phrase, which signifies, literally, the bottom of a bag, and, figuratively, a street not open at both ends. It seems not to be settled whether a cul de sac is to be considered a highway. See 1 Campb. R. 260; 11 East, R. 376, note; 5 Taunt. R. 137; 5 B. & Ald.  of oblivion.

It's the car that Americans like Frank Anastasi have packed the family or entire Little League baseball team into for decades and headed to the beach, the hills, to Grandma's house or a distant away game.

It's the station wagon.

"I love this car," Anastasi said of his 1992 Chevrolet Caprice The Chevrolet Caprice (later called Caprice Classic) was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1965 through 1996 model years.  Classic Wagon.

"It's the best, most reliable, smoothest-riding car I've ever owned. It's got this big, big engine and it goes like a bat out of hell," Anastasi, who has used his wagon to ferry around half a dozen boys from his son's scout troop and baseball team in a suburb of Washington, told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

"It has a third seat in the back so kids can sit there and look out. They love it, I love it," Anastasi waxed lyrical about the 17-year-old car with 125,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) on the clock and a paint job that still looks like new.

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, drive-in movies, and newspaper delivery boys.

"The front seat is a split-bench power seat with one of those arm rests that folds down. That's about the only option. It's not a very luxurious car but sitting on that front seat is like sitting on your couch," Anastasi oozed.

The station wagon has been around from the early days of the US car industry.

It got its name from the Ford Model T Depot Hack, which was used in the 1920s to transport goods from train stations.

After World War II, the wagon enjoyed a heyday as America went through a baby boom and needed big cars to transport big families.

But then the station wagon began to fade into American folklore as it was upstaged in the 1980s by Chrysler's minivan and then the sports utility vehicle sports utility vehicle sport nvéhicule m de loisirs (de type SUV)

sports utility vehicle n (esp US) → fuoristrada m inv 
, or SUV, a decade later.

--The only car whose value is going up--

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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Tim Cleary, president of the American Station Wagon Owners Association (ASWOA ASWOA American Station Wagon Owners Association (Indianapolis, IN) ), GM was the last of the big three American car makers to stop producing station wagons in 1996, but now the workhorse wagon is making a comeback.

Car shows are "full of them", said Cleary, but these are not the wagons of yore of old time; long ago; as, in times or days of yore.
- Pope.

See also: Yore
. Although they have a third seat in the back, gone is the bench power seat in the front.

The vehicles look like a distant cousin on steroids of the wagon of last century and have names like Flex, Magnum and Edge to go with the muscle-look.

And they're not even called station wagons any more.

"American car makers are scared by the term 'station wagon'. Young people don't buy 'station wagons'. So now they're called 'crossovers'," said Cleary.

But station wagon owners remain fiercely loyal to their fuddy-duddy image cars.

Cleary recently drove 2,700 miles (4,320 miles) to pick through the interior of someone else's station wagon for parts for a vehicle he had just bought.

On the ASWOA website, a member recounted how he has been using his wagon to haul goods for 27 years while another member, Randy Bixenman, offered to pay up to 25,000 dollars for a 1955 Country Squire Wagon .

"Station wagons are probably the only car in the parking lot whose value is going up," said Cleary.

Station wagon owners are also quick to leap to the defence of American car makers.

"I always have driven domestic cars and found them to be excellent vehicles," said Cleary.

"Station wagons were built the same way for 30 years: V-8 engines which are incredibly reliable and rear-wheel drive rear-wheel drive rear n (Aut) → traction f arrière  which is the simplest design and best weight distribution. The American car makers got in trouble when they went into small cars and new technology with front wheel drive," he said.

"I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 what GM did or didn't do as a business but I know that the quality of cars they've been making for a while is very good. Same with Ford and Chrysler," said Anastasi.

"When I hear people say GM doesn't make good cars, it's bull. When people wanted station wagons, they made station wagons. When everyone wanted big SUVs, they made them and they made 'em damn good," said Anastasi, whose other car is a 2004 Yukon Denali SUV -- by GM.
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