Volkswagen Phaeton News

  • Volkswagen Budd-e Concept

    As it tries to dig itself out of the diesel scandal, Volkswagen is paying more attention to electric cars. The German automaker has already discussed an all-electric version of the next Phaeton, and a dedicated platform for small electric cars called MEB. Now it seems there are other VW electric-car developments afoot, including a possible new battery plant and a second electric car platform for larger cars. The plant hasn't been approved yet, but would cost billions of euros if built, according to German business newspaper Handelsblatt. The aim would be to allow VW to operate independent of...

  • Volkswagen celebrates end of Phaeton production at Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany
    VW ends Phaeton production, plans to repurpose Transparent Factory

    Volkswagen has finally ceased production of its Phaeton, a full-size luxury sedan first shown at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show and discontinued in the United States midway through the last decade due to poor sales performance. And it wasn't only in the U.S. where the car suffered from slow sales...

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    VW ending Phaeton production, electric successor coming in 2020

    Volkswagen looks set to finally end production of its Phaeton, which bowed out of the United States midway through the last decade. The luxurious full-size sedan was launched as far back as 2002 and over the years received a series of updates to keep it looking contemporary. Over ambitious pricing...

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    New VW Phaeton To Be Electric Only, Share Tech With Audi Q6 e-tron: Report

    The Volkswagen Group has undertaken a massive cost-cutting program in the wake of its ongoing diesel emissions scandal, a program CEO Matthias Müller says will lead to anything not being absolutely necessary either getting canceled or postponed. A new design center plus a paint shop at a VW...

  • Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept, 2015 Shanghai Auto Show
    VW doubles down on EVs post diesel scandal, promises all-electric Phaeton

    In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group has decided to double down on electric car development and promote a future of zero emission vehicles. In this regard, the VW Group will accelerate plans for a new modular electric car platform and develop an all-electric version of...

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    New Volkswagen Phaeton Delayed Again?

    The Volkswagen Phaeton's failure, at least in the United States, is undeniable. But normally VW isn't one to give up without a (second) fight and thus it should come as little surprise that the German automaker is committed to bringing its flagship back to our market. The Phaeton was dropped from...

  • Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept, 2015 Shanghai Auto Show

    Volkswagen has a variety of models it sells only in China, such as the Santana compact sedan and more recent Lamando four-door coupe. Now, the German automaker is previewing another model aimed exclusively at the Chinese market with the C Coupe GTE concept car, unveiled ahead of its debut tomorrow at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The C Coupe GTE is a large, four-door coupe not unlike the slightly smaller CC sold here. It’s based on the MLB platform of the current Audi A6 and stretches 199.7 inches in length, positioning it somewhere between the Passat mainstay and the Phaeton flagship...

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    More Details On The Next-Gen Volkswagen Phaeton

    Volkswagen is working on a new generation of its Phaeton flagship sedan, and it’s to be sold in the U.S. market once again. However, the German auto giant isn’t rushing things so it’ll still be several years until we see the car. The last we heard, the new Phaeton will arrive in...

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    VW Americas Chief Promises New Phaeton By 2019

    Volkswagen is due to launch a new generation of its Phaeton full-size luxury sedan overseas sometime in the next couple of years, and this one’s destined to reach U.S. showrooms. It’s been eight years since the Phaeton was dropped from the local market, but rumors of its return have...

  • 2009 Volkswagen BlueSport Concept
    VW Exec Confirms New Phaeton, Rules Out BlueSport-Like Sports Car

    A senior Volkswagen official has confirmed that the company is pressing ahead with a new generation of its Phaeton flagship sedan but has no intention of reviving plans for a small sports car based on 2009’s BlueSport concept car despite recent reports saying otherwise. Speaking with Autocar...

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    Next VW Phaeton To Grow In Size, Feature Aluminum Body: Report

    Talk of the return of the Volkswagen Phaeton to U.S. shores dates back almost as far as the car’s exit in 2006. Most recently it was reported that a concept previewing the next-generation Phaeton, due out in the next year or two, was scheduled to be revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show...

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    Is The Timing Right For A Lower-Cost Volkswagen Phaeton In The U.S.?

    Volkswagen’s Phaeton luxury sedan was supposed to re-write the book on German luxury cars, and forever change the way that customers viewed the brand. The brainchild of then-VW Group head Ferdinand Piech, the Phaeton was rumored to have ten very specific (and equally bizarre) design goals...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton

    Last summer, Volkswagen confirmed the Phaeton full-size, perhaps too-luxurious-for-the-brand, sedan would be returning to the U.S., but it didn't give us much of an idea as to when it would arrive. Now it looks like the Phaeton is on track for a 2015 re-entry. Since the end of the previous ill-Phaetoned run in the U.S., there have been many rumors of its return. Despite exiting America, the Phaeton has continued sales elsewhere in the world; it hasn't been dead, just gone. The next generation of the car, due in 2015 according to CAR Magazine, could very well be the one we will get. Launching...

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    Volkswagen Phaeton Confirmed For U.S. Return

    The Volkswagen Phaeton didn't fare so well the first time around in the U.S. Priced too high for its marque's cachet and without the styling or performance to compete with BMW or Mercedes, the Phaeton was, in short, a flop, dead after just three years on sale in America. But Volkswagen thinks it...

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    First Details On Next-Gen Volkswagen Phaeton, U.S. Market Crucial

    The Phaeton flagship sedan may have been a major flop for Volkswagen but officials are keen for a launch of a successor. The car was priced similarly to BMWs and Audis but it wore a humble VW badge, and there was nothing particularly exciting or innovative about it either. It had mundane styling...

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    2011 Volkswagen Phaeton Preview

    Volkswagen has updated its Phaeton flagship for the second time in its short life, reaffirming the lackluster opinion of the car in the full-size luxury sedan market. With a brand new BMW 7-series and facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class already on sale, plus the completely redesigned Audi A8 and...

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    Volkswagen Phaeton U.S. Relaunch Under Consideration

    The biggest, most luxurious Volkswagen could see a return to the U.S.--as a diesel.

  • 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton facelift preview rendering
    Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton facelift

    Volkswagen will be updating its Phaeton flagship for the second time in its short life, reaffirming the lackluster opinion of the car in the full-size luxury sedan market. With a brand new BMW 7-series already on sale, a facelifted Mercedes Benz S-Class just around the corner and a completely...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton facelift spy shots

    Volkswagen will be updating its Phaeton flagship for the second time in its short life, reaffirming the lackluster opinion of the car in the full-size luxury sedan market. With a brand new BMW 7-series already on sale, a facelifted Mercedes Benz S-Class just around the corner and a completely redesigned Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ less than a year away, VW’s entrant in this segment is facing a serious uphill battle. With the introduction of the first facelifted model last year, sales of the Phaeton in Europe actually rose. Now, with a possible return to the U.S. on the cards, VW is hoping to...

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    Volkswagen upgrades Phaeton for 2009

    Despite the weak performance of the Phaeton, Volkswagen has persisted with the car in the belief that there is a place for it in the lineup. Less-than-inspired styling, high pricing and nagging quality issues are in part to blame, and VW hopes to cure these in the next iteration of the car. Until...

  • U.S. Volkswagen Phaeton sales could start next year
    U.S. Volkswagen Phaeton sales could start next year

    By all accounts, the Phaeton limo has been a major flop for Volkswagen and nowhere has it performed more badly than in the U.S. where the decision to drop the car came just two years after its launch. However, VW execs in the U.S. have expressed interest in seeing the flagship return on several...

  • VW unveils 10-year plans
    VW unveils 10-year plans

    Volkswagen has unveiled its plans for the coming years, including the lofty goal of selling a million units a year in the U.S. by 2018. The one million figure is expected to be comprised of 800,000 Volkswagens and 200,000 Audis and the target is being approached by developing smaller and cheaper...

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    VW Analyses Phaeton Failure, Reveals New Details About Next-Gen Model

    By all accounts, the Phaeton limo has been a major flop for Volkswagen and nowhere has it performed more badly than in the U.S. where the decision to drop the car came just two years after its launch. Since going on sale back in 2003, VW America managed to find a home for just 3,354 cars in total...

  • VW considers diesel powerplant for U.S. Phaeton
    VW considers diesel powerplant for U.S. Phaeton

    The Phaeton limo may have been a major flop for Volkswagen but officials are keen to see the launch of a successor, especially in the U.S. where it could pose as a technical and environmental flagship for the carmaker. The original model was priced similarly to BMWs and Audis but it wore a humble...

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