Hatchet Jobs: Automotive Turkeys

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Volkswagen Routan
The Routan was essentially a rebadged Chrysler Town & Country minivan. Although Volkswagen makes and sells well-built, super-efficient vans in Europe, American buyers were left to buy a Chrysler product with a German badge on the grille. It’s not entirely Volkswagen’s fault though. America has some strange tax rules when it comes to importing trucks and vans, and it was just easier for the company to make a deal with the Pentastar than to jump through U.S. legislative hoops. Then again it’s not the worst mistake VW has made, after all . . .

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