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The Routan is a Volkswagen-badged minivan is built by Chrysler in Canada but has unique styling and suspension

The badges on the front and back say but the minivan I tested this week drove and felt like a Chrysler Town or Dodge Grand Caravan.

Oh, a minute — that’s because it is.

than bring us that new Microbus that the Volkswagen off at the 2001 Detroit auto the German automaker decided to up with Chrysler to bring a new VW van to the market.

Volkswagen introduced van, called the Routan, at the Chicago auto show, and it on sale later that as a 2009 model. It is the first minivan for North America the Eurovan was discontinued in 2003.

Chrysler assembles the Routan at its plant in Windsor, Ontario, in a arrangement that is common in automotive manufacturing environment.

of developing a van of its own — a process that cost $1 billion or more — chose the alliance with which likes to bill as the inventor of the minivan.

But Volkswagen introduced the minivan to U.S. with its Microbus of the middle century, even though is the automaker that developed and a mass-market success of the modern beginning with the introduction of the Dodge Caravan.

The VW Bus remains a icon of American culture, as it the symbol of the hippie/peace/free-love movement of the and ’70s.

While the Routan is like the original Microbus, an excellent minivan in its own right, like the current Grand and Town Country. There are unique exterior and interior elements, however. And Volkswagen the chassis was tweaked to give the the feel of a European vehicle.

Routan prices for 2010 from $25,900 (plus freight) for the base S model to for the SEL Premium model. The midlevel SE begins at $30,600.

Our tester was the SE with navigation and rear-seat systems ($33,500) and was quite for around-town driving or extended road trips.

Although the is not a real VW, it was added to the company’s lineup to help Volkswagen of achieve its goal of moving its current role as a niche marketer here, with of around 200,000 vehicles a to a bigger role with than 800,000 sales a by 2018.

Unfortunately for Volkswagen, though, did not share all of the special features of its with the Routan. It does not the swiveling middle-row seats the Chrysler vans offer, allow the two rear seats to each other — an arrangement originated with the VW Bus.

The two seats facing each with a fold-down table in the was offered in many of the early Bus and there were Microbus that even had beds, a top, a refrigerator and a cook

Unlike the early VW Microbus — also known as Transporters or 2 Volkswagens — the new Chrysler-built models do not a rear engine; it’s in the VW already had moved to the front design with the Eurovan,

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Powering our tester was the base 197-horsepower V-6 with 230 foot-pounds of This engine also is in the base S model, but the top-of-the-line SEL comes with a 4.0-liter, V-6. The engines are made by

Both engines are connected to a automatic transmission. The base actually has worse fuel than the bigger one, Our tester was EPA rated at 16 mpg city/23 while the 4.0-liter engine has of 17 city/25 highway.

There is for up to seven people in the Routan, a pair of bucket seats in the and middle rows, and a three-person in the rear. The rearmost seat can be over to face to the rear for a party, so people can sit there their legs dangling out the (but not while the vehicle is

Power windows/heated outside locks with remote are on the SE, along with antilock electronic stability control, manual air conditioning, eight-way driver’s seat, four-way front passenger seat, DVD-CD player with jack, leather steering with audio controls, front glove boxes, and third-row retractable sunshades and rear quarter windows.

Safety features include seat-mounted side air bags and air bags for all three rows, as as a tire-pressure monitoring system and LATCH anchors.

There are sliding passenger doors on sides, but the heavy, one-piece hatch still had to be manually To get the power hatch, you’d to move up to the SEL model.

The temporary tire is in a hard-to-access spot the middle of the vehicle. Because are the primary operators of minivans, and VW is pitching this vehicle to with small children, the should be fitted with tires. At the very least, the should be easily accessible.

were no options available for our so it had a total price, including of $34,300.

Upgrading to the SEL model brings than the bigger engine. It comes with such as leather upholstery and a sunroof.

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