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According to Bloomberg (as reprinted by Automotive News), the future of the Volkswagen Routan -- a minivan closely based on the Chrysler Town & Country, built by Chrysler -- is currently up in the air. While Chrysler had contracted to build the van through 2014, none have been made since July, according to Bloomberg.

The Volkswagen minivan is not a clone of the Town & Country, incorporating numerous tuning changes, unique bodywork, and some interior differences, which became more marked in 2011 as Chrysler changed their instrument panels but left the Volkswagen as it was. Some reviewers have professed to preferring the Volkswagen look and feel, but customers have overwhelmingly preferred the Chrysler and Dodge versions; sales of the Routan have been disappointing, with 12,473 sold in 2011 and 15,961 sold in 2010. However, it should be noted that Routan sales have exceeded those of VW's own product, the..

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