Minivans May Be Maxing Out In Europe

The market is steaming now, but it could stall soon

Bertrand Murat was sick of seeing his family's holiday trips marred by the brawling of his three kids in the jammed family sedan. So the 44-year-old suburban Paris physician recently plunked down $36,000 for a green, air-conditioned Volkswagen Sharan minivan. The additional elbow room "gives the kids fewer reasons to complain," he says.

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