Volkswagen to axe Routan, confirmed image

The German based automaker Volkswagen has recently confirmed the axing of the Routan minivan sometimes this year.

A rumor appearing back in 2012 was saying that Volkswagen is planning to axe the Routan has recently become a reality after the German based automaker stepped forward and confirmed it. The announcement has been made by the CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning.

“The segment is contracting in favor of crossovers and SUVs. The vehicle helped as a bridge solution for us”, as Browning said during the 2013 New York Auto Show.

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 basically a rebadged Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. The model is expected to be replaced by a seven-seat crossover.

Initial source: Automotive News