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VW Routan Comes with College Credit

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2009 Volkswagen Routan

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That 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivan you've had your eye one comes with a new standard feature as VW launches the minivan in the U.S. market: some college credit.

The Wall Street Journal reports VW will enter the shrinking U.S. minivan market with the Routan and with a $1,500 deposit into a uPromise account for new owners. UPromise is a college-savings Web site that allows users to deposit money, which can then be moved into a tax-advantaged 529 college savings account.

VW says more than 6,000 customers have signed up for the spiff.  The German automaker hasn't sold a minivan in the States since it orphaned the Eurovan here back in 2004.

The Routan is built by Chrysler for VW, and has a choice of 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines, along with a specific VW exterior appearance and a VW-designed interior. It's taking on the titans of the class--the Chrysler minivans, the Honda Odyssey, and the Toyota Sienna--and VW hopes to sell more than 20,000 of them each year.

Stay tuned--we'll have our full review of the 2009 Routan soon.
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