The belated start of full-electric station wagon launches gives hope that a flagging sector can regain market share in Europe as automakers focus on their improved aerodynamics compared with SUVs.
Wagon sales increased 7.6 percent in the first quarter, led by growth from key models such as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Passat, but the recovery lagged the overall market's rise of 17 percent, cutting their market share.
Wagon sales stood at 240,808 in the first three months of the year, according to figures from market researcher Dataforce, giving them a share of 7.4 percent, down from the 8.8 percent share they took in 2019.
Wagons remain a key model for many automakers in both premium and volume segments. In many cases they match or outsell their hatchback or sedan siblings, as many customers are willing to pay a small premium to get the extra trunk space.