Volkswagen has taken the axe to not one but two of its minivans. Just days after confirming the end of a 60-year run for the aging Microbus, the legendary Hippie Van of the ‘60s, the German maker says it has also pulled the plug on the newer – but far less successful Routan minivan.
The Routan was the product of a joint venture between VW and Chrysler, and was little more than a slightly revised version of the American maker’s Dodge Caravan minivan. First introduced during the 2009 model-year, the three-row people-mover failed to generate much demand, sales averaging barely 11,500 a year, barely a quarter of the 45,000 and 50,000 units VW had originally hoped to sell annually.
Only a handful of 2014 models have been produced and none will be sold to the public, according to Volkswagen.
Introduced at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, the Routan was actually a holdover project originally conceived between Volkswagen and the former DaimlerChrysler. It came to market about the same time the German and U.S. auto arms of that ill-fated alliance broke up.