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Routan Minivan Coming In Two Weeks
Jan. 20, 2008

Routan Minivan Coming In Two Weeks
The Routan is based on Chrysler's popular minivan. Click on image for larger view.

In just over two weeks, Volkswagen will unveil its new Routan minivan at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show.

Based on Chrysler's popular minivan, pictured above, and built at Chrysler's Canadian factory in Windsor, Ontario, the Routan is a seven-seater specifically designed for the North American market.

Expect similar shapes and proportions with VW providing its own front and rear fascias, as well as details inside.

Power could come from Chrysler's 4.0-liter V6 with 251 horsepower mated to a six-speed auto transmission. The VW may have firmer European suspension tuning.

It's no doubt that many die-hard VW fans haven't been sleeping well since the two automakers announced the collaboration just over two years ago — however, it's believed Volkswagen has had a big say along the way in developing the van to be a true VW and suit its customers' discerning tastes, from style to drivability.

The Routan name is derived from the word route and follows the same naming scheme as VW's European vans, the Touran and Sharan.

Check back to VolksWatch in two weeks for a full report, complete with photos, from the Chicago unveiling.

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