Jonathan Browning, president of Volkswagen Group of America, has confirmed that the German automaker is phasing out production for its Routan minivan due to declining consumer demand.
Even more telling is that Volkswagen doesn’t believe the minivan is one of its core vehicles going forward. Browning mentioned that the minivan segment is contracting and that buyers opt for crossovers or SUVs to carry their family around rather than minivans.
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Last year, Volkswagen sold around 12,000 Routans but will likely only sell a few thousand this year according to Volkswagen Group of America’s vice president of communications, Scott Vazin.
The Routan minivans were built by Chrysler through a contract agreement and the contract was scheduled to end with the 2014 model year. Chrysler believes that the decision won’t have much of an impact on its minivan production, that is up to 1,400 minivans a day, five days a week, 24 hours a day.
[Source: Detroit News]
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