Volkswagen AG (VOW), Europe’s largest automaker, hasn’t decided about a 2014 Routan minivan as the company’s contract with Chrysler Group LLC to build the vehicle nears an end.
Volkswagen offers the 2013 Routan “to our employees, but not as a retail vehicle,” Scott Vazin, a VW spokesman, said in an e-mail. “We have not made a decision about the 2014 model.” The contract with Chrysler ends with the 2014 model, he said.
Volkswagen, based in Wolfsburg, Germany, agreed with Chrysler, then owned by Daimler AG (DAI), in 2006 to an alliance for minivan production that began two years later. Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler is now majority owned by Fiat SpA, following the company’s 2009 government-backed bankruptcy.
Sergio Marchionne, who leads both Chrysler and Fiat, has said he’s evaluating whether the U.S. company needs both the Town & Country and Grand Caravan and which model will remain in the market that Chrysler has led since introducing the first minivan in 1983.
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