A VW USA top executive confirmed today at the 2013 New York Auto Show the Routan will be discontinued sometime this year, confirming a late 2012 rumor.

CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning, declared most of the remaining cars will be used for "internal purposes" like the company's corporate fleet. During an interview he mentioned "the segment is contracting in favor of crossovers and SUVs" and the Routan "helped as a bridge solution for us."

The Volkswagen Routan went on sale in 2008 and up until now only 57,650 units were sold. Minivan sales went up by 14 percent in 2012 to 597,118 units, while Volkswagen delivered 16 percent less Routans by selling just 10,483. The best year was 2010 when 15,961 people bought the minivan.

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