A new minivan to be unveiled at the Chicago motor show next month
will be named the Volkswagen Routan, the German company behind the
project said Wednesday.
The model is to be manufactured at a Chrysler factory in Canada.
The ending of the name echoes the European model names Sharan for
Volkswagen's biggest multi-utility vehicle (MUV) and Touran for its
minivan on the Golf platform.
Volkswagen has been losing money in the United States and hopes That
developing a minivan with US tastes in mind will fill a gap in its
range and win back sales.
Chrysler signed a deal two years ago with Volkswagen to build the
vehicle when it was still part of DaimlerChrysler. The US company has
since regained its independence with backing from private equity