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Volkswagen Routan
2009 Volkswagen Routan SE
Manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC
Production 2008–present
Assembly Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Predecessor Volkswagen Eurovan
Class Minivan
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Platform Chrysler RT platform
Engine(s) 3.6L Pentastar V6 (2011 on)
3.8L EGH V6
4.0L EGQ V6
Transmission(s) 62TE 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 121.2 in (3078 mm)
Length 202.5 in (5144 mm)
Width 76.9 in (1953 mm)
Height 68.9 in (1750 mm)
Related Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan

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.[1][2][3][4][5]

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.[6]

The Routan's minivan nameplate variants — including the discontinued Plymouth and Chrysler Voyager (North America) along with the currently marketed Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and Chrysler Grand Voyager (export)— have ranked as the 13th bestselling automotive nameplate worldwide, with over 12 million sold.[7]


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.[8] The Routan is 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.[9]

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.[10]



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. Routans as of 2010 offer optional Wi-Fi access.


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 Routan is available with new engine from Chrysler 3.6 L V6 producing 283 hp (211 kW) and 260 lb·ft (353 N·m) mated to six-speed automatic from Chrysler.

Type Valves Power
Rated RPM
Fuel Economy
3.6 DOHC 24 283 260 6,350/4,400 10.0:1 17/25 2011-
3.8 OHV 12 197 230 5,200/4,000 9.6:1 16/23 2008-2011
4.0 SOHC 24 251 259 6,000/4,100 10.2:1 17/25 2008-2011


United States

VW of America had projected for the Routan to gain at least five percent of the US minivan market,[11] 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. 11,677 units had sold by July 2009.[12]


Trim Engine MSRP (USD) production
S 3.8L V6 $25,200 NoN
SE 3.8L V6 $29,700 NoN
SEL 4.0L V6 $33,600 NoN
SEL Premium 4.0L V6 $38,500 NoN
S 3.6L V6 $26,390 YesY
SE 3.6L V6 $31,770 YesY
SEL 3.6L V6 $37,390 YesY
SEL Premium 3.6L V6 $43,240 YesY


Jan 2008 Feb 2008 Mar 2008 Apr 2008 May 2008 Jun 2008 Jul 2008 Aug 2008 Sep 2008 Oct 2008 Nov 2008 Dec 2008 Total 2008
375[6] 789[13] 1,324[14] 899[15] 3,387
Jan 2009 Feb 2009 Mar 2009 Apr 2009 May 2009 Jun 2009 Jul 2009 Aug 2009 Sep 2009 Oct 2009 Nov 2009 Dec 2009 Total 2009
663[16] 503[17] 1,029[18] 2,606[19] 1,390[20] 2,099[21] 1,350[22] 2,098[23] 901[24] 669[25] 540[26] 833[27] 14,681


Volkswagen de México markets the Routan alongside the Transporter (marketed locally as the Eurovan), replacing the European-built Volkswagen Sharan minivan in the autumn of 2008.


Trim Engine MSRP (MXP)
Prestige 3.8L V6 $36,270
Exclusive 3.8L V6 $40,397


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.[28]


Trim Engine MSRP (CAD) production
Trendline, S 4.0L V6 $27,975 NoN
Comfortline, SE 4.0L V6 $33,975 NoN
Highline, SE w/ RSE 4.0L V6 $39,975 NoN
Execline, SEL 4.0L V6 $49,975 NoN
Trendline 3.6L V6 $28,575 YesY
Comfortline 3.6L V6 $34,775 YesY
Highline 3.6L V6 $42,275 YesY


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