Well, looks like it’s official. The VW Routan is dead.
A Routan-owning TTAC reader alerted us to the announcement via email. After months of idled production, VW announced that the Routan would come back online by summer 2013 – but that never came to pass. Perhaps the long-rumored three-row crossover will finally arrive as a replacement for the Chrysler-based van.
Chrysler and VW have a deal to assemble the van through 2014, but the agreement will have to be scuttled somehow to help end the Routans natural life – and it definitely come from a face to face meeting between Messrs. Marchionne and Piech.