DETROIT - Volkswagen's Chrysler- built minivan will have a unique shape and interior, says VW brand Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard.
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.
He said the vehicle will be different from the Chrysler group version.
"It isn't just going to be a Chrysler minivan (with) a Volkswagen badge on it," he said. "It will be completely different. The touch, feel and functionality of the interior will be
Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president of Volkswagen of America Inc., says the VW minivan not only will 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 get VW's hallowed Microbus name, Hallmark says.
VW won't change the entire steering geometry of the Chrysler minivan. Handling changes will be made when a prototype is developed, Hallmark says.
Hallmark says potential sales for the minivan are huge because the market segment is 1.2 million vehicles.