Volkswagen Routan Canada
The Volkswagen Routan is a minivan manufactured by Chrysler in Windsor, Ontario for Volkswagen, which shares the revised platform used in the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The VW Routan van replaces the Eurovan which was never officially imported into Canada however was very popular in Europe and Asia. Volkswagen launched its first van right after the success of the VW Beetle, the Volkswagen Type2 or VW van was eventually discontinued in 2002 while the Volkswagen Westfalia remains to be popular in Canada as a compact camper van converted from the original VW van. Volkswagen agreed to a joint venture with Chrysler as a sure way of entering the Canadian and US van market with the 7 passenger Routan.
The Routan made its first official debut at the 2008 International AutoShow in Chicago and it arrived to Canadian dealers in late 2008 as a 2009 Routan model. The 2012 Volkswagen Routan in Canada is available in three trim levels, they all share the same V6 3.6L DOHC 24-valve engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission, front and rear power assisted vented disc brakes, ABS brakes and electronic stability control (ESC). The Routan Trendline is the base model however its fully loaded with an optional DVD entertainment package, the Routan Comfortline adds power sliding doors and optional Multimedia Package with 6.5-inch touch screen with SIRIUS satellite radio and hands-free phone system; while the top of the line VW Routan Highline includes a standard navigation package, automatic 3-zoe climate control, keyless access with start/stop button, backup camera and optional thrid row 9 inch LCD screen.