How ironic is it that the next-generation Volkswagen Phaeton, a German-born vehicle if there ever was one, will be sent to the US and Chinese markets and not to the vehicle’s home continent of Europe. It’s even more perplexing considering that the first-generation Phaeton was such a sales flop in America (the company only managed to sell 2,253 units in the country).

According to Autocar, the new Phaeton looks to be a car that will be made for America and China where the high-end VW sedan is rumored to come with a platform that’s similar to the Audi A6L, a car that incidentally was released exclusively for the Chinese market.

As far as the US-bound Phaeton is concerned, Volkswagen is looking at building the car with a styling and mechanical set-up that’s geared towards the US market, which would mean that the Phaeton is more likely to come as a bigger size and a more aggressive approach that’s far from the previous models of the Phaeton, which were more on the conservative side.

As far as seeing the next-generation Phaeton in Europe is concerned, VW is still likely to release units in the market, but for now, the emphasis is to tailor the car for the US and Chinese markets, which VW is hoping will have a better showing than the previous incarnation ever did.


Source: Autocar UK

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  (383) posted on 08.11.2011

hmm. I wonder if they have successfully debut this car in the US and Chinese market? For sure just like other car manufacturer, passing the strict regulation of US market is kind of tough.. I have heard that they are requiring for larger engine.

  (594) posted on 08.11.2011

That one sounds so ironic! How come this German car will be available in the US and Chinese market? I think VW has different plan for these production. I bet the car will be in the longer wheel base for Chinese!

  (205) posted on 05.30.2011

When I first saw it I remember a Mercedes car! However, I like the styling in here it seems to have an impressive performance. BTW, are they using the same specification for the US market.

  (257) posted on 05.30.2011

WOW! I like the coupe version of a VW car it looks so simple yet sporty just like a Mercedes car. However, I wonder why this production is not in long wheel base version since Chinese that kind of version.

  (211) posted on 06.28.2010

The chinese do accept a low comission on amost everything. thats why most of the auto makers today are aiming their production china. not only that they can also deliver their cars into asian country with low costs of shipping.

  (1023) posted on 06.24.2010

looks more like a special version of VW passat for china and US.

  (387) posted on 06.23.2010

I agree.. specially when on rush hour.. the roads and flyovers does look like a giant parking lot..

  (434) posted on 06.22.2010

ok now they are aiming for china again.. to be honest china is a little bit crowded in vehicles. you may call them the giant parking lot..

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