2011 Volkswagen Routan Blue

Half of all minivans sold in the United States in August were built by Chrysler in its Windsor, Ontario, manufacturing plant. Of the 22,457 Windsor-derived minivans sold last month, 6.6% were Volkswagen Routans. Routan sales were down 5% in August 2011 and are down 18% through eight months of 2011.

Between the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler has sold 137,139 minivans in America this year. That’s down 5.7% from the first eight months of 2011. In August specifically, however, Grand Caravan sales shot up 32%. Town & Country sales dropped 7%.

Honda, which suffered a 24.6% year-over-year volume decline in August, saw Odyssey sales fall 15%. Toyota Sienna sales were down by 81 units. Mazda 5 sales jumped 16%, enough to fend off a challenge by the much larger Nissan Quest, sales of which slid 17% from just one month ago in July. August’s greatest minivan increase was  reported by the Kia Sedona, sales of which rose 37%. That 812-unit gain was obviously significantly smaller than the  Dodge Grand Caravan’s 2953-unit improvement.

Detailed with volume numbers from August 2011, the chart below splits sales into pie slices so you can better see the market share owned by every minivan currently on sale in America.