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    Thread: 2009 VW Routan Spotted Before Chicago Auto Show Reveal (OFFICIAL PICS now inside...see page 9)

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      01-31-2008 09:49 PM #1
      http://jalopnik.com/351372/200...eveal
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      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 can see the taillights have a sort of curvature reminiscent of the current Passat/Jetta, unless that's an optical illusion. Exciting stuff. We can't wait to see it in full at the Chicago Auto Show.

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      01-31-2008 09:51 PM #2
      That looks huge!
      Is current Chrysler minivan any larger than the older model ?
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    3. 01-31-2008 09:53 PM #3
      Still can't see anything. The new Town and Country doesn't look all that big.

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      01-31-2008 09:54 PM #4
      What reason is there to buy this over a Chrysler badged model? TDI? Thats about it and if VW offers that it will be a huge success.

    5. 01-31-2008 09:58 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by mobile363 »
      What reason is there to buy this over a Chrysler badged model? TDI? Thats about it and if VW offers that it will be a huge success.

      Exterior, interior, suspension. Soul.

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      01-31-2008 10:04 PM #6
      tranny durability

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      01-31-2008 10:08 PM #7
      It's still a Chrysler But Holy Huge school Bus batman.
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      01-31-2008 10:09 PM #8
      V-DUB in da house jaa!
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      01-31-2008 10:13 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by chewym »
      Exterior, interior, suspension. Soul.

      And hopefully those attributes will be thoroughly VW. They sell a diesel Caravan in Europe, so I don't see why they couldn't in the US if they wanted to.

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      01-31-2008 10:18 PM #10
      What wrong with the Touran? Or the regular old VW bus. Why does crysler have to make something for VW that VW already has and does well. Very stupid IMO. Should of just brough over the Touran.

    11. 01-31-2008 10:20 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by B_TitusJr »
      What wrong with the Touran? Or the regular old VW bus. Why does crysler have to make something for VW that VW already has and does well. Very stupid IMO. Should of just brough over the Touran.

      Vehicles such as the Touran don't sell in the US. Case in point, Mazda 5 sales.

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      01-31-2008 10:27 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by NARDO »
      tranny durability

      Those trannies haven't even been a problem since the generation before this previous one. Before 2001.
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      01-31-2008 10:31 PM #13
      we want pictures damn it!

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      that's one hell of a good camo job.
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    15. 01-31-2008 10:53 PM #15
      Why even camo it? Why not just put Dodge Caravan badges all over it and drive it around in broad daylight?

    16. 01-31-2008 11:03 PM #16
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      Why even camo it? Why not just put Dodge Caravan badges all over it and drive it around in broad daylight?

      Because it debuts in several days. Why blow a release with just days left?

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      01-31-2008 11:26 PM #17
      You're one to talk Mr. Cell Phone Spy shot.

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      01-31-2008 11:29 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by B_TitusJr »
      What wrong with the Touran? Or the regular old VW bus. Why does crysler have to make something for VW that VW already has and does well. Very stupid IMO. Should of just brough over the Touran.

      Easier to slap a new interior and front fascia on an already-federalized car than it is to federalize a car that has not been federalized to this point.

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      01-31-2008 11:34 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by vr6fanatic »
      It's still a Chrysler But Holy Huge school Bus batman.

      Its CAMO guys. They purposely square out the back end to attempt to hide its real body lines. People still haven't figured this out?

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      02-01-2008 12:11 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by J-Tim »
      That looks huge!
      Is current Chrysler minivan any larger than the older model ?

      With it's boxier look and slab sides it does look alot bigger but not by much. I'll take a picture tomorrow of them side by side.

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      02-01-2008 12:24 AM #22
      I'll be there to see it next Thursday; I'm attending the preview. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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    23. 02-01-2008 07:22 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by J-Tim »
      That looks huge!
      Is current Chrysler minivan any larger than the older model ?

      Wait, what looks huge? The amount of possible pending Fail or the size of the upcoming VW Routan?

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      02-01-2008 08:32 AM #24
      aren't the chrysler minivans only inches shorter than a Tahoe? they are BIG vehicles

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      02-01-2008 08:34 AM #25
      Amazing, besides that small low quality picture of the rear end, this is the most I've seen of this thing yet. They've been very good at keeping it under wraps.
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