The German based automaker Volkswagen has recently announced that the Routan minivan has been axed.
Things aren’t looking so good for the Volkswagen Routan in the United States and after the carmaker has failed to achieve the sales target, the minivan has been axed. Allpar says that the contract production of the VW Routan at the Chrysler’s plant in Windsor, Canada, has ended, but even if the German automaker didn’t confirm this rumor yet, our source is saying that the minivan has no chance to hit the market in this shape anymore. VW has sold only 9,923 units of the Routan in the United States in the first 11 months of 2012, which means 16,9 percent less than in the same period of 2011.
As a quick reminder, the VW Routan has been in production since 2008, as a successor of the Eurovan. The model has a four-door body style and it’s 5,144 mm ling, 1,953 m wide and 1,750 mm tall. The VW Routan is coming with a unique suspension tuning and a revised styling, carrying a Chrysler sourced 3.6 liter V6 engine, which is producing a total output of 283 BHP (211 kW) and 260 lb-ft of torque (352 Nm). The Routan is a rebadged version of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. A seven seat crossover is expected to replace the Routan in the U.S.