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First Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Routan

This ain’t no Microbus.

by on Sep.28, 2009

A Microbus it ain't, but the 2010 Volkswagen Routan does deliver a roomy and utilitarian interior.

A Microbus it ain't, but the 2010 Volkswagen Routan delivers a roomy and utilitarian interior.

It’s been 40 years, the mainstream media have repeatedly reminded us, since the concert at Woodstock.  As we Boomers get older, we start sounding more like our grandparents, reminiscing about “the good old days,” but the memories are a wee bit different, as a good friend — a former journalist – recently reminded me, his eyes rolling back and a smile creeping across his face as he recalled the drive up the New York Thruway for the legendary gathering of peace, drugs and music.

There were far more of them crammed into that VW Microbus than it was designed for, but back then, who cared.  In fact, I am suspicious about my friend’s claim to attending Woodstock because, as other friends point out, “If you can remember it you probably weren’t there.”

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I’ll save that debate for another time, but one thing is clear, Volkswagen had a firm grip on the Woodstock generation, the Beetle or the Microbus being the vehicles of choice for hippie motorists.  So, there was plenty of interest when the German maker announced, earlier this decade, plans to bring out an all-new version, showcased in concept form, at the Detroit Auto Show.