I Have the Babies, Now It’s Time For the German Engineering.


Next month, I will have the pleasure of driving around town in a shiny Volkswagen Routan.

Unfortunately, I will only have it for a week. I am sure that giving it back will be very tough. There may even be tears. No, not really, I hope.

I don’t currently drive a minivan. Instead, I drive a blazer that my family of five crams into. The two car seats and booster don’t leave even an inch of extra space in the back seat. But that’s alright, I don’t mind. I have never seen myself as much of a minivan person, BUT I have a feeling that the Routan will convert me.

Next month, I will post all about my week long experience with the Volkswagen Routan. We are even planning on taking a weekend road trip to test out some of its great features like the touch screen navigation system, heatable seats, power-folding third row seats, keyless entry with remote start and rearview camera.

I hear there is a Routan boom. Parents everywhere are having children just to purchase a Volkswagen Routan. With its sleek design and wonderful features, I can see why.

For fun, you can even use the Routan BabyMaker3000, like I did. Using an image of myself and my hubby, here is our Routan Baby.

Create Your Own

Make a Routan Baby

For more Routan fun, our lovely friends at Volkswagen have a little something special for one of our readers.

A $50.00 gas card and fun Volkswagen Routan prize package including the book, Welcome to Your World, Baby, authored by Brooke Shields, Volkswagen T-shirts, a Volkswagen branded tin and a couple of mom essentials could be yours.

  1. Please leave one comment below to enter this giveaway. You may earn additional entries for the following:
    1. Subscribe to our Feed
    2. Sign up for our Newsletter
    3. Add our 5M4M button in your sidebar. Click here for banner codes.
    4. Write a post and link back to this contest on your blog
    5. Spread the word to your friends via facebook, twitter, etc.

    If you are already subscribed, are on our newsletter list, and have our button in your sidebar, you qualify for these three additional entries. Go ahead and leave your additional comments below. Your comment is your entry, so if you qualify for the additional five entries, make sure you leave six comments in total.

  2. Entries are open from Wednesday, December 31st thru Friday, January 9th. Our winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners on Saturday, January 10th. Please make sure to check our site and your email address to see if you have won the prize. We must receive your reply within 5 business days.
  3. Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules. This promotion is void where prohibited.


  1. Lizzie says

    I find the Volkswagon Routan ads both sexist (women–only women–are so silly they’ll get pregnant just to buy a car!) and offensive to people dealing with infertility.

    This campaign has lowered my opinion of both the VW brand and Brooke Shields.

  2. says

    Oh I’m jealous! I think it’ll be a blast driving a mini van around for a week especially the Routan. I love the babymaker3000, lol It’s fun.
    tonyamcrain [at] aol [dot] com

  3. says

    Hello! I’m not commenting to enter – my husband works for the VW corporation, so I’m sure I’m not even allowed to enter these kinds of contests!. :) Just wanted to say that I hope you have fun in the Routan! We’ve had ours for three weeks and we have really enjoyed it. We just got back from a trip, and with 5 kids ourselves, we really put it through the ringer. Have a great time with it!

  4. says

    I am very interested in the Routan when we need a new van in a couple of years (though I really like what we have now, too).

    Very cool that you get to try it out!

  5. Angela C. says

    We are currently looking into minivans. Looking forward to your review.

    accoupons at gmail dot com

  6. Sarah says

    Funny…although I don’t suppose one of the other “mom essentials” might be the Routan itself?? :) We have 3 carseats crammed into the back of one of our vehicles for the arrival of #3 in January, and we’ll be shopping for another larger vehicle later next year.

  7. says

    Can’t wait to hear all about it! I have the Honda minivan, but I’m curiuos about this model and I love watching the commercials. Love your Routan baby…he’s cute and creepy at the same time!

  8. ~Lana B~ says

    Oh how fun is this! I can’t wait to make my routan baby! lol
    Thanks for sharing…looking fwd to hearing about your week long tryout.
    ~Lana B~

  9. says

    We could use this prize package, especially the gas card! We subscribe! Going to check out the baby maker and see if our baby comes out looking like our son, lol!

  10. Lacy says

    I like the look of the van. I want a new one if only I could talk hubby in to it. The commercials are funny too.

  11. says

    Oh you’re gonna love this van! I’ve been driving one around central GA for a week and well lets just say, I think they’re going to have to pry it from my “cold dead hands” !

  12. Elsie B. says

    Happy New Year in your happy new “VW for a week”….have fun, be safe, and may your wishes come true in 2009!

    Thanks for the gas card and prizes… giveaway!
    Looking forward to enjoying your site in 2009!

  13. Tamara B. says

    I am a subscriber and lucky you! I would love to drive that for a week and I know you are going to just love it! Happy New Year everyone.

  14. Penny says

    I get your newsletter but also just signed up for the google reader.

    Great contest, thank you

    There is so much information available, I was just reading about the weightloss site and sending a picture, just might be what I need to stay motivated

  15. sara l. says

    A new car for a week…How fun! I’ve been lovin’ the commercials! I’d sure love to win that giftcard!

  16. says

    And I don’t see my first comment, either. Please delete ’em if they show up later! :) Thank you for the giveaway.

  17. susan says

    Cool giveaway! Thanks for a chance to get some really neat things from VW and others. Thanks!

  18. says

    Hahaha!, if I even test drove a Routan my older kids would have a heart attack and threaten me to be careful not to get pregnant! I personally think the six I have is more than enough!! This is a great giveaway though. (I did look at the Routan though….)

  19. Bev Harrison says

    please enter me. i bought a van after we had 3 kids and a dog…and loved it. you will too.

  20. Eloise C says

    I love the Routan commercials with Brooke Shields, so funny! Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!


  21. Kat R says

    I don’t own a VW but do own a Mercedes so I do have some German engineering sitting in the driveway but I love the commercials and would love to win

  22. Julia Carter says

    What a cute baby! LOL…I would love to have a brand spankin’ new mini-van:) But I would settle for the prize:)

  23. Angela M. says

    I would love to win! Thanks for the great giveaway, and enjoy your test drive! Happy New Year!!!

  24. says

    My second car (my first NEW car) was a Volkswagen, and the company has always had a special place in my heart. Yes, I experienced Fahrvergnügen. I hope you do, too.

  25. says

    I’m a subscriber to the newsletter, so here’s my additional entry. I tried the babymaker, by the way. It’s kind of sad, because my husband and I don’t have children and we’re not having any, for several reasons, so that’s the baby that will never be.

  26. Kristi Gilleland says

    Please enter me.

    When I first saw that commercial with Brooke Shields, I was like …whaaaaaaaaaat? lol

  27. SharonC says

    I am anxious to read about your experience with this automobile. I am signing up for your site. Thanks

  28. Mark/CharmCity says

    VW had the *original* minivan w/ the Microbus half-a-CENTURY ago; they return to the form by dressing up a Chrysler T&C. (deep sigh) Nonetheless: 1st car I drove, 1st car I owned, 1st new car I bought – always keep a torch lit for VW.

  29. Jennifer Short says

    Please enter me as well! :) I drive a Prius and this would really be quite a bit of gas for us!

  30. Terra Heck says

    That’s neat that you get to try out the minivan for yourself. Can’t wait to read about your experience. Please count me in to win this great giveaway.

  31. Debra B says

    Great giveaway with fantastic prizes, Would really love to win, Thanks and Happy New Year to all

  32. Margaret Smith says

    This minivan looks really great. I’m really interested in hearing your opinion of the van vs your blazer. Thanks for offering this giveway too!

  33. says

    I didn’t even know about this VW vehicle. We currently own a Jetta and just love it! I can’t wait to hear more about the Routan! Thanks for the contest – please enter me, too!

  34. Tara Hill says

    I do drive a minivan and I LOVE IT! I don’t think I’ll ever go back…don’t worry about them being in tears, I think you will be! Thanks for the contest!

  35. Jill Myrick says

    Volkswagen has come a long way since the old VW vans. This van is Gorgeous !
    Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.

  36. judy brittle says

    I think I would truly faint if I was to win this! Thank you so much for the fantastic chance!

  37. Cindy says

    Not currently a mini van driver. I have a large SUV. I have been considering the benefits of a minivan and this one looks great!

  38. Sandra F. says

    i always vowed i would never ever drive a minivan….until i had kids. now we are shopping around for one. the vw mini van looks awesome!

  39. Pat says

    The Volkswagen Routan looks like the perfect transportation for a growing family so I hope you get one soon.

  40. Shelley C says

    Lucky you! I can’t wait to read your review on the Routan! My husband and I always talk about a serious modification of minivans being so needed!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Marlene V. says

    I could really use some money towards gas … all the other prizes would be great as well!!!! Thanks.

  42. Alecia Gibson says

    I’d love to win! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!

    agsweeps [at] hotmail [dot] com

  43. Debra F says

    Enjoy the week with the cool car! Even though gas prices have come down so much, the gas card would REALLY come in handy…especially after the holidays. Thanks for hosting the great giveaway and for the opportunity to win!

  44. Christine burd says

    I have enjoyed the Brook Shields commercials for this vehicle -shows a good sense of humor . Thanks for the opportunity to win the gas card and other prizes. Enjoy your ride!

  45. Katharine says

    I like Brook Shields, seems like a very honest person and a good mother. Would love to read her new book. Thanks for the great contest!

  46. Michelle L. says

    With 3 kids and a mini-van, the Routan seems ideal, although I must admit that I had never heard of it before your blog. Enjoy your test drive.

  47. Becca says

    I hope you have fun w/your test driving next month. I can’t imagine wanting a mini-van though!

  48. Diana R says

    Great giveaway! Would love to have the Minivan, but would be happy with T-Shirts……..

  49. Lindley says

    Those VW commercials are some of te most creative I have seen recently-thanks for the very useful giveaway!

  50. Donna F. says

    The VW commercials are not obvious and makes you remember their product with a clever twist.

  51. Paul Duca says

    Just to let you know…the Routan is basically a Chrysler minivan to which VW added its own touches.

  52. Jenn S. says

    We will be in the market for a new family vehicle soon. I have this one on my list to check out.

  53. says

    We’re dreaming of a minivan…one day, one day! In the meantime, that gas card would be FABULOUS!!!!
    give_me_a_latte at yahoo

  54. Heather says

    I have been hearing so much about these, I wish I could drive one for a week too, have fun.

  55. simone says

    I was pregnant when these ads first came out. Always made DH & I laugh. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. Thanks!

  56. Denise English says

    I love Volkswagen. I still have a ’65 bug that I take out for spin occasionally. :-) Nice giveaway.

  57. Sharon Jo Seneker says

    Any family could use this great win! Thanks for the opportunity! I love those commercials!

  58. Jennifer Jozwiak says

    looks like a fun prize. Plus i did the routan baby thing, we’ll see how accurate it is, lol.

  59. JeanineE says

    I haven’t even thought about volkswagons in a long time, but a free gas card would be perfect with this economic crunch. Thanks for the opportunity.

  60. Brian E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…I loved the VW Rabbit that I had, in college, back in the ’80’s.

  61. Tobster says

    Our baby is the product of German engineering (courtesy of my husband) so I love this ad campaign!

  62. Aletha Hendrickson says

    Wonderful prizes, but controversial ad campaign in concept. Could backfire. Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. Brooke says

    My hubby is trying to convince me to look at the Routan but I can’t see driving a minivan.. However, after I had a little lookie at their site and one out in town, I’m thinking hmmm maybe just maybe I could become a minivan mom…

  64. Rochelle K says

    Wow – I wish I could drive a new car for a week to test it out – How do you get to do that??

  65. Kim B says

    This commercials are very amusing. Brook Sheilds is very funny in them. Thanks for the contest.

  66. Janine Brotzman says

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    misfitmookie at gmail.com

  67. Erin Daly says

    What a great giveaway! I just had a new baby boy and could really use the gas card to drive to all the follow up doctors appointments.

  68. Deborah Stinson says

    Would love a Routan, but alas, am not in the market for a new vehicle. But I am grateful for the swag! Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. Shannon says

    I loved hearing about your non mini van experiences so far…good luck resisting it! I’m surprised you’ve held out this long! I swore I would never own one…then a couple of kids later and slap an honor sticker on the back and there I am! At least VW is making them “stylish” instead of the typical look of them! Thank you for a great contest…hope to win!

  70. Paula Harmon says

    I drive to school and back at least 3 times a day to different schools, with my kids and other kids I pick up…so this prize would be really cool to win!

  71. Tammy says

    Big VW fans here! We drive a Jetta, and are looking at a new tiguan, not a big enough family for the Routan, but it sure is nice!

  72. Renee C says

    Oh I need to go play with the Routan Baby site! Thanks for the giveaway – would love to win.

  73. Sandra Schmidt says

    I love Volkswagon. My mom had a blue Volkswagon when I was a kid. Thanks for the chance to win!

  74. Geoff K says

    Very effective ad — has all the good elements to be memorable: a well-liked celebrity, humor, and several reminders of the key feature of the Routan being a family-friendly vehicle. Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Lee Taylor says

    I’m a subscriber! And thanks for the ‘great’ giveaway offering! Happy Holidays to ALL!

  76. Amy Griffin says

    I agree with some of the others, in that I don’t like the ads for this vehicle. However I do love Volkswagen. I used to have a diesel beetle, I called her my “Deetle”.