VW, Chrysler deciding future of minivan
Volkswagen AG is negotiating with Chrysler Group about future production of its Routan minivan, Bloomberg reported.
The slow-selling minivan is based on the Chrysler Town & Country and is built by Chrysler in Windsor, Ontario. But no Routans have been produced since July. VW and Chrysler plan to review their agreement in early 2013, said Dino Chiodo, president of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 444 in Windsor.
In 2006, VW agreed with Chrysler, then owned by Daimler AG, to an alliance for minivan production that began two years later.
"There truly hasn't been a decision one way or the other" whether production of the Routan will continue in Windsor, Scott Vazin, a VW spokesman, told Bloomberg.
Jodi Tinson, a Chrysler spokeswoman, declined to comment.
Through November, Chrysler has built 8,662 Routans this year, 38 percent fewer than a year earlier, according to the company's Web site.
Vazin said VW's agreement with Chrysler to build minivans in Windsor runs through the 2014 model year.