OK, so it's not a trend ... but one noteworthy mention at this year's Canadian International AutoShow is the debut of a minivan. That's right, it's not a crossover, wagon or small SUV, it's a minivan, and it's new.
In addition to announcing price reductions on several of its models, Volkswagen made the Canadian debut of its new minivan: the Routan (pictured). And, as of Thursday night's opening gala event, it's getting a good deal of attention.
Patrick Saint-Pierre, of VW public relations, says Volkswagen decided to go back to the minivan market at the request of its dealers after the end of the line for the EuroVan.
"Many American brands have left the minivan market, but import presence keeps rising, as does their share of the market," says Saint-Pierre. "So we thought this was the perfect opportunity to seize."
With the demise of minivans from General Motors and Ford, and the popularity of CUVs, does the Routan have a chance?