But how could they price an A4 or an A6 Avant much below an Q5? The A4 uses the same chassis, engine, has a similar level of fit/finish, etc. So it seems that pricing an A4 Avant at the same price would be more realistic. And we all know most Americans aren’t going to buy a wagon when they can get a somewhat similarly sized SUV at the same price.
And MB, BMW, Audi, and Volvo used to offers lots of wagons for sale. There used to be a C wagon (which no one bought), and 3- and 5-series wagons (very few buyers for the 5), an A4 Avant (few buyers), and an A6 Allroad (few buyers), and a multitude of Volvo wagons. There still ARE a multitude of Volvo wagons, but there’s a reason that the V90 is special order only. It’s b/c no one bought them when they were available but buy quite a few XC60s and -90s, so why bother having a wagon on the lot at all? The wagons function more as their version of a halo car than anything else. And, hell, the monstrosity of the 5-series GT outsold the 5-series wagon.
The problem isn’t the manufacturers. They’re just selling what people will buy. And since so few people were buying wagons, why not make the only ones available here very expensive for the highest possible profit margin?