Rumors of the death of the Routan have been greatly exaggerated, according to Volkswagen experts, with the official announcement from VW spokesman Scott Vazin that they will be producing the 2013 model of the automaker's popular minivan.
Despite the dwindling sales that the vehicle has been experiencing, the decision to produce the 2013 model should not surprise too many drivers who follow Volkswagen. There is enough of a following for the Routan that, when combined with an essentially constant demand for new minivans, suggests that it should stay in production for the foreseeable future.
This Volkswagen minivan was first released onto the streets for the 2009 model year as a rebadged variant on the Chrysler RT platform, carrying over elements from both the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. This spun out of an agreement between Volkswagen and DaimlerChrysler as a way for VW to break into the minivan market, a place where they had no presence in Canada or the United States.
Although the 2013 Routan has not had official specifications released yet, it is likely to take much of what the 2012 model offered while adding on features and/or technology options.
Offering three distinct trim levels (Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline), the 2012 model included features such as second-row captain's chairs, keyless entry, and three-zone climate control, earning high marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well.
To keep up to date with when the 2013 Volkswagen Routan will be available, as well as to learn more information about the vehicle and its performance and available trim levels, readers have been asked to contact Auto Haus VW (http://www.autohausvw.com/
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