For the month of February at least. While I cannot speak for the couple pictured to the right of the Routan, Autoblog, by way of the Windsor Star, reports that VW asked asked Chrysler of Canada to stop producing the Routan for the next month. The Windsor Star reports that so far, 29,000 Routans have been built, at a rate of about 300 per day. Checking VW of America’s sales figures ending December, 2008, VW sold a grand total of 3,387 Routans in the US for all of 2008.Ã‚Â
I have never understood the reason for the Routan. VW boasts that its buyer demographic are well-educated, internet-savvy people, so I don’t know who they thought they were fooling with a gussied-up Chrysler Town & Country. Incredibly, there are no winners here, at all. VW has shown that with a tiny investment and little to no effort, they built the best handling Chrysler minivan of all time, with the highest quality interior to boot.Ã‚Â
VW owes its loyal fans an apology for the Routan. Chrysler owes its loyal Town & Country buyers an apology as well for not building a minivan as good as the Routan themselves.