Volkswagen has plans to take over the world. Not really, but it sure does seem like it. The German automaker intends to become the largest automaker from 2018. To help achieve this lofty goal, the company will be revamping its lineup.

The Phaeton will be returning and a new midsize sedan will be arriving to replace the Passat. Though, the one vehicle that every car company has, a minivan, might be leaving the VW lineup.

“No decisions have been made regarding the Routan,” VW spokesperson Jill Bratina told Dow Jones Newswire. She said the minivan segment had been “significantly impacted by the economic downturn and has not fully recovered.”

Despite slow sales, there is still hope for the German people carrier. Bratina said the Routan holds a four percent market share and, once people become aware of the van, sales should increase.

The Routan has a VW badge on the front, but that is just a cover for what lies beneath. The German van is really a Chrysler Town & Country. The expensive minivan was the project of former CEO Wolfgang Bernhard, who also pulled the old Phaeton out of the market.

New VW CEO Martin Winterkorn will look to bring the luxury sedan back. He called the move by Bernhard, “short-winded”. We look forward to seeing the luxury sedan, as well as more news on the future of the Routan.


Source: Wall Street Journal

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  (765) posted on 06.30.2010

Seems like an odd move on the surface since VW is embarking on a serious push in the U.S. while Volvo was just taken over by a Chinese company.

  (434) posted on 06.28.2010

Well the mpv town and country are suffering recalls. Good thing that the VW only uses it’s design and the rest is made by the volkswagen.

  (507) posted on 06.27.2010

It’s just a copy of Town and Country mini van but it’s performance are quite lower than the town and country.

Naterade22  (238) posted on 06.25.2010

+1 Uncia. I’ve never liked volkswagen, but their commercials are really starting to piss me off. Also the fact that every 16 year old kid in my town thinks his gti is the fastest thing in the world.

Uncia  (868) posted on 06.25.2010

Here’s an idea for Volkswagen: build a reliable car for once.

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