It has been 20 years since Volkswagen launched its Phaeton in the marketplace, and to mark the event the automaker has revealed the key successor that was being developed for launch within the later a part of the final decade.
A call to concentrate on electrical mobility in the end led to administration pulling the plug on the redesigned Phaeton, the automaker stated, although we’re certain the diesel scandal on the time additionally performed in a task within the resolution making.
It additionally did not assist that the unique Phaeton wasn’t precisely a gross sales success. Gross sales began in 2002, although not within the U.S. till the next 12 months. The complete-size luxurious sedan managed to search out about 3,350 houses right here in three years earlier than it was discontinued.
Second-generation Volkswagen Phaeton that by no means made manufacturing
The Phaeton lived on elsewhere till manufacturing, which was dealt with at Volkswagen Group’s glass-walled Clear Manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, got here to an finish in 2016. It ended up receiving 4 updates over its life to maintain it contemporary.
The redesigned Phaeton, identified internally because the D2, relies on VW Group’s MLB platform which options front-wheel drive and longitudinal engine mounting, and is present in most Audi’s from the A4 up. The unique Phaeton used VW Group’s D1 platform which additionally underpinned Bentley’s first Continental GT and Flying Spur.
VW additionally makes use of the MLB platform within the Toureg, so it is not shocking the newest Touareg’s inside design is just like what you see within the redesigned Phaeton’s cabin. As for the outside design, it is clear the design crew took an evolutionary method, albeit with dimensions even greater than the unique. The design seen right here was the winner of an inner design contest that noticed three options dismissed.