Volkswagen's Chrysler-built minivan will have a unique shape and interior, says Wolfgang Bernhard, head of the VW brand.
The Chrysler group will build a minivan for VW in 2008 based on a new generation of vehicles that will debut in 2007.
Bernhard says VW will only get the long-wheelbase, seven-seat model: "It isn't just going to be a Chrysler minivan and put a Volkswagen badge on it. It will be completely different.
"The touch, feel and functionality of the interior will be Volkswagen."
Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president of Volkswagen of America says the VW minivan will not only be "distinctive" but "a more sporty proposition than what you see in minivans."
"It will be strong and clean and definitive VW design."
The VW minivan will use a Chrysler engine because "in this market segment, engines are not that important," says Bernhard.
VW won't reveal what the minivan will be called, but it won't use VW's hallowed Microbus name, says Hallmark.
VW won't change the entire geometry of the minivan. Handling changes will be made when a prototype is developed, says Hallmark.
Hallmark says potential sales for the minivan are "huge" because the market segment is 1.2 million vehicles.