Let's get one thing off our chests right away: VW's Routan
minivan was not engineered in Germany. Instead, it is a mildly refinished version of the Dodge Caravan
and Chrysler Town and Country
twins. We guess that makes these vans triplets, which goes along with Volkswagen's
current marketing scheme, starring Brooke Shields. Obviously, it's a farce, but it sure is an odd one. Shields reports that people in America are purposely getting pregnant so that they can enjoy the "German engineering" of the new minivan
. In fact, "Some 10,000 babies are born each day just for German engineering," according to Shields, who reportedly made the statistic up on the spot. Seriously, VW
says that it's the most important story of our time. Ever.
This seems like a very odd way to sell minivans, and seemingly to people who don't really need them. There is nothing wrong with driving a minivan if you need one, otherwise it seems a bit wasteful to use a people mover for reasons other than moving people or their stuff. Anyway, if you need a minivan, buy one. If not... don't have kids. Or something like that.