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Routan to Remain in VW Line-Up

Production to restart by next summer.

by on Dec.19, 2012

The VW Routan has failed to generate much interest in the weak minivan market.

Despite having scuttled plans to produce a modern-day interpretation of the legendary Microbus, Volkswagen hasn’t given up on the U.S. minivan market – but odds are that many potential buyers don’t even know about the VW Routan.

The maker’s current minivan model, assembled for VW by Chrysler, has certainly not set the market on fire, leading to a shutdown of production earlier this year. But the German maker insists the Routan will be back, with new models set to roll out of Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario minivan plant by next summer.

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Volkswagen’s plan is “to offer the 2013 model year Routan,” spokesman Scott Vaizin told Automotive News, though for now there’s apparently enough inventory to satisfy the market’s limited demand. He added that it’s “a safe bet” production will resume in 2013, as well.

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First Look: Volkswagen Bulli Concept

Is this wooly Bulli the reborn VW Microbus?

by on Mar.01, 2011

Return of the Microbus? VW brings the Bulli Concept to the Geneva Motor Show.

If you remember the ‘60s, goes the old joke, you probably weren’t there during the height of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll years.  And if you fondly remember the old Volkswagen Microbus, chances are you didn’t actually own one.

But there are plenty of folks who have been desperately hoping that the German maker will finally bring back the original minivan.  They got some false hope going, back in 2001, when VW rolled out the Microbus Concept, all but promising to put it into production until someone in Wolfsburg  glumly realized it couldn’t come close to meeting today’s much tougher crash standards.

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So, enter the 2011 Volkswagen Bulli Concept.  Call it retro-futuristic, if you wish, but though the look is decidedly more modern – and, we’re betting, more than up to the latest federal requirements – there’s no mistaking its DNA.

The prototype made a semi-official sneak preview Monday night, and will take its formal bow on the Volkswagen stand during the Geneva Motor Show.

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