|Manufacturer||Chrysler Group LLC|
|Assembly||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door minivan|
|Platform||Chrysler RT platform|
|Related||Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
|Engine||3.6L Pentastar V6 (2011-2012)
3.8L EGH V6
4.0L EGQ V6
|Transmission||62TE 6-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||121.2 in (3,078 mm)|
|Length||202.5 in (5,144 mm)|
|Width||76.9 in (1,953 mm)|
|Height||68.9 in (1,750 mm)|
The Volkswagen Routan is a seven-seat minivan and rebadged variant of the Chrysler RT platform, with revised styling, content features, and suspension tuning from the fifth-generation Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country.
Manufactured alongside the Chrysler and Dodge minivans at Windsor Assembly and marketed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the Routan debuted at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and went on sale in the United States in September 2008.
The Routan's minivan nameplate variants—including the discontinued Plymouth and Chrysler Voyager (North America) along with the currently marketed Dodge Caravan, Ram C/V, Chrysler Town & Country and Chrysler Grand Voyager (export)—have ranked as the 13th bestselling automotive nameplate worldwide, with over 12 million sold.
The Routan resulted from a 2005 partnership between Volkswagen and DaimlerChrysler. Prior to the agreement, Volkswagen had no minivan model for the United States or Canadian markets. VW announced in an early 2008 projection that the company intended for the Routan and other models to help achieve significant expansion of U.S. sales. The Routan was Volkswagen's first van offered in North America since discontinuation of the Volkswagen Eurovan in 2003, and is not related to the European-market Volkswagen Touran.
As with its rebadged variants the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, 2009 Routan models were recalled in June 2010 for a fire hazard stemming from an improperly routed wire harness.
In 2012, Volkswagen halted production of the Routan at Chrysler's Windsor, Ontario, plant, despite having a production contract that ran through 2014. In January, 2013, Volkswagen announced there would be no 2013 model but held open the possibility that development may resume with a potential 2014 model. A few models have been built on the Canadian assembly line according to Chrysler reports. 
At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed the Volkswagen Crossblue Concept SUV, which Volkswagen plans to have it replace the slow selling Routan by 2015.
The Routan features a rebranded version of Chrysler's hard drive-based audio and navigation system—marketed by Chrysler as the MyGig system and by Volkswagen as the Joybox, but has neither Chrysler's Stow'n Go nor Swivel'n Go seating systems. Instead, the second row seats in the Routan feature the Easy Out Roller Seat system, but can be modified to have Stow'n Go or have Swivel'n Go seats installed. Routans as of 2010 offer optional Wi-Fi access, which was also offered in Dodge and Chrysler versions as UConnect Web.
The Routan is available with the Chrysler 3.8 L V6 producing 197 hp (147 kW) and 230 lb·ft (312 N·m), and the 4.0 L V6 producing 251 hp (187 kW) and 259 lb·ft (351 N·m)—with either engine mated to Chrysler's 62TE six-speed automatic transaxle with manual shift capability (See Ultradrive#62TE).
For 2011, the Routan is available with a new engine from Chrysler, the 3.6 L V6 producing 283 hp (211 kW) and 260 lb·ft (353 N·m) mated to a six-speed automatic from Chrysler.
VW of America had projected for the Routan to gain at least five percent of the US minivan market, or 45,000 units of the 700,000 minivans sold currently. In January 2009, VW of America asked Chrysler Canada to stop production of the Routan for the month of February after 29,000 Routans had been shipped to US dealerships. By July 2009, 11,677 units had been sold.
|SEL Premium||4.0L V6|
|SEL Premium||3.6L V6|
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Volkswagen Canada began selling the Routan during the autumn of 2008. Like its United States counterpart, VW Canada had not featured a minivan in its vehicle lineup since the discontinuation of the Eurovan. For the four months that the Routan minivan was on sale in Canada in 2008 (September through December), the company sold 335 units.
|Trendline, S||4.0L V6|
|Comfortline, SE||4.0L V6|
|Highline, SE w/ RSE||4.0L V6|
|Execline, SEL||4.0L V6|
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- Volkswagen Mexico Routan Website
- Volkswagen Canada Routan Website
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