Just for gits and shrins I pulled up some previous Outback sales numbers.
8891 Oct '11 MTD
8694 Oct '10 MTD
2.3% % change
83682 Oct '11 YTD
75078 Oct '10 YTD
So for the month of October in 2011, the Outback sold 83682 units. Not too damn bad, so what does this have to do with my point?
My point is the Outback is the highest selling wagon in this niche. That 83,682 units represents a high water mark, and any other competitors are looking at scraps of that figure.
It really doesn't make sense to federalize the Passat wagon with these numbers. Again, the wagon will likely START around $30,000 with a V6 engine. Not coincidently, thats likely where the 3 row Passat crossover will start. As a person with a need for an SUV, I see ABSOLUTELY NO reason to choose the Passat wagon over the crossover at the same price.
VW made the right choice. Sorry guys.