Call them tall wagons, sports tourers, or cross-trainers. Whatever they’re named, they were the most obvious new design trend at the Detroit Auto Show last month. This new breed grabbed headlines again a few weeks ago when Ford announced it intends to build a tall wagon called the CrossTrainer at its Chicago Taurus assembly plant. While today’s “crossover” vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, or Buick Rendezvous straddle the line between car and SUV, this newest sub-segment is more a ...

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