Since 2008, Volkswagen has had a partnership with Chrysler concerning the production of Volkswagen’s van automobiles. Chrysler has been a leader in the Mini-Van segment since 1983 and according to Bloomberg News their relationship with Volkswagen, and its possible end, could spell out a less than desirable fate for the Volkswagen Routan
According to Bloomberg, some of this shifting ground is what might be a strained relationship between Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of both Chrysler and Turin, Italy-based Fia and Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, due to some challenges in the 2012 European car market. All of this up for speculation, of course.
What is not, however, is the declining sales and production numbers of the Routan. Through the month of November, 38% fewer Routans were built than this time same time span, last year. The bulk of the production is through Chrysler. To amplify the murkiness of the Routan’s future Scott Vazin, a Volkswagen spokesman, told Bloomberg, “There truly hasn’t been a decision one way or the other.”
What is also a definitive, the agreement between Chrysler and Volkswagen is due to end in 2014 and both sides have made an agreement to sit down at the end of 2013 to speak to possible renewal or an alternative path for the relationship.
All is not lost. MSN has recently reported that some good could come out of a worst-case scenario and that Volkswagen might be investing efforts into the concept vehicles, the Vokswagen Bulli (seen below) or the microbus (last photo). Both of the vehicles could fit the need for VW to continue to have a presence with vans, building them on their own, while at the same time continuing a nod to its van heritage.
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