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Old 05-05-2008, 11:33 PM   #1
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:02 AM   #2
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Wow Sharon - thanks for sharing - very cool - great design features - I love the way the front seat turned into steps up to the loft bed, now if Volkswagon would only build it!
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:00 AM   #3
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That is a pretty cool video - I couldn't imagine how much it would cost based on how expensive their current camper vans are =(
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Isn't that the new retro one that is planned, the one that is designed to look like the old v-front VW busses? It is supposed to be like the new Beetle, in that it is kind of like the old one. If I recall correctly, it will not be available in the US. I could be altogether wrong too.

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Old 05-06-2008, 04:18 PM   #5
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Isn't that the new retro one that is planned, the one that is designed to look like the old v-front VW busses? It is supposed to be like the new Beetle, in that it is kind of like the old one. If I recall correctly, it will not be available in the US. I could be altogether wrong too.

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I'm pretty certain the video is a "concept car". The microbus they were talking about building is still on the drawing board (I think). Cindy, I notice you also drive a 2003 Eurovan, me too. Had to unexpectedly buy tires yesterday and was informed that Michelin stopped making the "turbo tire" that is needed for our vans. Only options now are by Dunlop and Continental........better sit down for this one, $200 bones a piece!!!!!!
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I think we are OK for a bit yet but thanks. Too bad that they do not sell the Eurovan here. We love ours. So much room.


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Old 05-06-2008, 09:01 PM   #7
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That's a great animation. The beginning indicates it is part of a design contest/exercise. I saw the "retro-futuristic" microbus at the '01 Detroit Auto Show. It was VERY cool-looking and I was excited that it was planned for production. It was canceled early in '05, however. Late in '05, word leaked out that VW was working on a van with Chrysler. And so we have the Routan, which debuted at the '08 Chicago show. It is essentially the same as the Chrysler Town & Country, and Dodge Grand Caravan, with the same motors and built in the same plant in Ontario.
The Routan looks OK, but IMHO, they would have been better off if they had been able to pull of the microbus concept.
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I got the microbus pictures from ConceptCars.co.uk. You can see more pictures at:

http://www.conceptcar.co.uk/concept-cars/c...fo.php?carid=77

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[quote]That's a great animation. The beginning indicates it is part of a design contest/exercise. I saw the "retro-futuristic" microbus at the '01 Detroit Auto Show. It was VERY cool-looking and I was excited that it was planned for production. It was canceled early in '05, however. Late in '05, word leaked out that VW was working on a van with Chrysler. And so we have the Routan, which debuted at the '08 Chicago show. It is essentially the same as the Chrysler Town & Country, and Dodge Grand Caravan, with the same motors and built in the same plant in Ontario.
The Routan looks OK, but IMHO, they would have been better off if they had been able to pull of the microbus concept.
Here's some pictures; judge for yourself.
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OK, if you could see me now....you'd see I have the biggest YAWN humanly possible....that Dodge/VW is the most boring thing EVER!!!!!
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I know. It's so sad. I hate to have burst your bubble!
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I am not trading in my Eurovan for that Routan. I had to drive our last ho-hum Chrysler Voyager minivan up against a chainlink fence to get the Eurovan. That looks too much like the minivan.

Have you seen the concept car from last year that ran on batteries? http://www.webwombat.com.au/motoring/news_...lue-concept.htm

Looks a little like a Samba.

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Old 05-07-2008, 02:37 AM   #13
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Ironically, Sharon, VW also sells the Sharan.
It's also sold as the Ford Galaxy and the Seat Alhambra, since 1995. It's a little better than the Routan in looks and size, but it still wouldn't make a neat camper like in the video!
Cindy, the chain link fence sounds like a whole 'nother story...care to tell it?
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Well, I once had a mule named after me, but that's a whole other story!!

That VW Sharan is still IMHO a great big SNORE!!!! I am just an old school VW lover at heart. Although I do love, love, love my Eurovan. Even with the over the top mega expensive tires.
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