With the rise in popularity of first the minivan and later the crossover as the default family vehicle, there have been about 20 years of children who have missed out on the joy of rear-facing jump seats in station wagons. It means kids today don't know the pleasure to be found in making faces or lewd gestures at other drivers while their parents can't see. Plus, they don't know the slightly nauseous feeling of watching the world pass by in reverse. However, a group of filmmakers look back with nostalgia at this increasingly uncommon automotive feature in a new ad for the 2015 Volvo V60.

As part of its sponsorship of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, Volvo commissions a team each year to create an advertisement to be shown during the festival. This year's shows how the company's buyers have gone from riding in the back to driving the brand's cars. Scroll down to check out the charming ad, along with some wistful looks at classic Volvo wagons, before the jump seat is forgotten.


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      Thenew3
      • 7 Months Ago
      When we were growing up, my parents had a late 80's Oldsmobile cutlass classic wagon. My brother and I used to love riding in the rear facing 3rd row. So not to deny my son that privilege, I picked up a 2013 Mercedes E350 wagon which also has rear facing 3rd row as standard equipment. My 6 year old loves it! and is always asking us if he can sit back there with his best friend on long rides.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      I wish Wagons would make a comeback.
      Jonathan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think the Mercedes E class wagon still has rear facing seats?
        GR
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Jonathan
        Yup. I sat in them in an E wagon at an auto show. A woman opened the hatch not seeing I was inside and I scared the *&%# out of her.
        Andrew Pappas
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Jonathan
        All except the current AMG, where apparently the suspension takes some of the folding seats space. My friends dad had a caprice wagon. We rode for ice cream with the seats flat and the tailgate dropped. One good bump and we were roadkill. It was so much fun.
      yo
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why is BEnz the only maker still making rear facing jump seats in a wagon? IS the dodge magnum WOULD have had two more seats....I would have bought one.
        Peter_G
        • 7 Months Ago
        @yo
        It is funny that you put emphasis on a word and still managed to misspell it :D
      MechE
      • 7 Months Ago
      Riding in the back jumper seat of my parents 86 Celebrity was how I learned a lot about cars. At 8 years old I could name any car just by its headlights or taillights at night. By observation I put together all the rebadged models and brand relationships. Fast forward to 1996 and that ends up being the only car I'm allowed to drive. Infamous chipped body paint and blown head gasket. A few months later they sold it for $300. It was pure 80s GM interior and exterior. Still, it had its strengths and served us well.
      Susan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Those 240 wagons were so practical and useful. They were slow with their 4 cyl engines, but the 5-speed (rather rare) had decent performance. They had great visibility, a practical square shape, better handling than SUVs then (and probably many crossovers today), and fit if you were in your work clothes or dressed for the evening.
      Carman
      • 7 Months Ago
      I love my 86 745 Turbo wagon - it's a 4 sp with overdrive. It's my family workhorse that looks good - not great. I wouldn't trade it for any new wagon out there.
      SteveM
      • 7 Months Ago
      Riding in an old GM wagon with a roll down rear window and rear jump seats.... about 1970ish... ever try peeing out the back of a moving wagon? We did, - FAIL. It sprayed right back into the car... pretty funny now, but Mom and Dad were less than amused then. :-) Ahh, the good ol days.
      Chien-sheng Tsai
      • 7 Months Ago
      Bring back the boxy style, re-positioning is wrong. Not functional anymore, but wrong-minded and over stylish. Get a new designer, or bring back the old ones.
      lpattis
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm in love. Who wants to buy my '12 XC70 Polestar...?
      Peter_G
      • 7 Months Ago
      That dog was like "Da fuq? I'm not luggage woman!"
      Basil Exposition
      • 7 Months Ago
      Man I used to love riding in the back of the old LTD, Roadmaster, and Caprice wagons with their rear and side facing seats. I had no idea those old Volvos had rear facing seats too.
        Susan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        The rear-facing seats were an option you could specify when you ordered your car. Even the family's 1999 V70 (still in use regularly!) had extra seats as an option, but we did not need them.
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