Welcome To The People's-Car Machine

This is Volkswagen's car-shuffling Autostadt storage facility as seen from the top of its massive robotic arm. The 800-vehicle tower acts as a holding tank for completed VWs awaiting delivery. Want to ride it? You can. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) » 4/20/10 3:45pm 4/20/10 3:45pm

2009 Volkswagen Routan SE: First Drive

My friends are well-educated young professionals who quote The Wire like Southern Baptists quote scripture — ideal Volkswagen buyers. Will they see the Routan as child carrier for Tristan & Zooey or just a rebadged Chrysler Town & Country? » 8/26/09 1:00pm 8/26/09 1:00pm

Jalopnik Day Of Automaker Atonement: Volkswagen

We like Volkswagen. We do. Good people, those Volkswageners. SportWagens, Sciroccos and all that other stuff. They've also got a great history of making vans. We love VW EuroVans and Microbuses. They're van people. That's why we're so disappointed with the Volkswagen Routan » 10/09/08 1:00pm 10/09/08 1:00pm, which is essentially a rebadged Chrysler…

Chicago Auto Show: 2009 Volkswagen Routan Debuts

Just because the Autobild boys ruined the surprise of the 2009 Volkswagen Routan yesterday, doesn't mean we can't have fun with the live reveal today. The Town & Country turned Routan has certainly been outfitted for the US market. Featuring things Germans don't care about like 13 cupholders, and a conversation… » 2/06/08 12:49pm 2/06/08 12:49pm

2009 VW Routan Minivan, Outed By Ze Germans Of AutoBild

We have our friends at AutoBild to thank for breaking the embargo on the Chrysler Minivan-turned-VeeDub kid hauler. The new 2009 VW Routan takes its styling cues from the current crop of VW's, but gets its minivan knowhow from the boys at Dodge. As seen in the pre-Chicago Auto Show Routan spy photos, the Passat-esque… » 2/05/08 2:45pm 2/05/08 2:45pm

2009 VW Routan Embargo Broken By VWVortex Before Chicago Auto Show…

Sorta. OK, no, not really. For some strange reason Jamie over at Motive Mag the site that's a Vortex for all things VW has posted a Vaseline-enhanced image of what they're claiming is the new 2009 VW Routan (what our Rou-tan Clan spy photo from last night wasn't good enough for ya?). There's absolutely no way we can… » 2/01/08 4:15pm 2/01/08 4:15pm

2009 VW Routan Spotted Before Chicago Auto Show Reveal

Brenda Priddy and her quick lens caught the first photos of the rebadged Dodge Caravan that is the 2009 Volkswagen Routan Minivan. As you can tell from the photo, it does carry a lot from the current lineup of Chrysler minivans (though, with something else going on out front and in back). If you look at the back, you… » 1/31/08 7:31pm 1/31/08 7:31pm

VW's Caravan Named Routan

VW will be unveiling their new Dodge Caravan / Chrysler Town & Country based minivan, the Routan at the Chicago Auto Show in February. Of course, this unveiling will pale in comparison to the unveiling of the production 2009 Dodge Challenger. VW has cleverly combined the word "route" with the suffix "an" in an effort… » 1/16/08 2:00pm 1/16/08 2:00pm