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2017 Volkswagen Phideon

2017 Volkswagen Phideon
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  • Volkswagen Phideon
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    296
  • Torque @ RPM:
    325
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
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VW’s new Chinese sedan could preview the next-generation Phaeton

2015 was a year Volkswagen would rather delete from the collective memory using Agent K’s neuralyzer. The "Dieselgate" scandal caused sales to collapse, executives to resign, and spawned a massive investigation that could change the way production cars are tested before they hit dealerships. Moreover, it will cost the brand millions of dollars to handle all the recalls that resulted from the case and probably more to fix its public image. However, this didn’t stop Volkswagen from developing new models, one of which is the Phideon.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the T-Cross Breeze Concept and the new Up!, the Phideon is a large sedan that will slot above the Passat in the company’s lineup. Interestingly enough, the Phideon is about the same size as the Phaeton, which suggests that the Germans have finally decided to offer a new flagship sedan. On the other hand, and this is somewhat strange considering the car made its debut in Geneva, the Phideon will be produced and sold in China, with no plans to offer it in Europe or North America.

As for the awkward name, Volkswagen says it is a made up name that stands for elegance and reliability, while symbolically evoking Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity.

Is the Phideon a preview of the next-generation Phaeton that VW will sell in Europe and the U.S.? It’s very likely, but we won’t know for sure until Volkswagen spills the beans. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the brand’s new flagship sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Phideon.

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Is It Too Soon To Ask Volkswagen To Build A Production I.D. Buzz Concept?

Is It Too Soon To Ask Volkswagen To Build A Production I.D. Buzz Concept?

This concept brings back a lot of memories, doesn’t it?

The launch of the Volkswagen I.D. Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show officially kicked the German automaker’s pursuit of developing an all-electric lineup of models into high gear. At the very least, you have to give VW some credit for being proactive here because it didn’t take long for a follow-up concept to burst into the scene. This here is the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept, the second I.D.-badged prototype that’s presumably showcasing the future of Volkswagen. If that’s the case, then sign me up on the I.D. Buzz because it blends nostalgia and modernity into one appealing minivan.

Just take a look at it! A lot of people, ourselves included, already believed that the concept would draw some design inspiration from the original Volkswagen Type 2 van that was more famously known for the “Microbus” name. For what it’s worth though, this concept looks a lot more appealing than the I.D. Concept that was shown in Paris. At the very least, it brings back some of the trademark designs of the old Microbus, from the two-tone body colors to the high shoulder line that separates the two colors. About the only things it’s missing are the round headlights, the bull guard bumpers, and the cockpit-like front windshield that themselves were considered as some of the most enduring design characteristics of the old Microbus.

Overall though, the I.D. Buzz Concept looks incredible. Credit should go to Volkswagen’s designers for bringing life back to the old Microbus design and giving it a modern twist. I can’t say enough about how the concept looks because the only thing I can think of are those old and rickety Type 2s that I used to ride when I was a kid.

It seems hard to believe that Volkswagen will ever send the I.D. Buzz into production. For one, it’s got a lot of design elements that are considered to be still out of reach of production status. Also, it might be in the company’s best interest to hold off on doing it until it gets its electric mobility and autonomous driving businesses in full swing.

Let’s hope though that once Volkswagen’s future electric lineup gets off the ground, a version of this concept gets the nod as one of its models. It would be such a waste if it doesn’t make it there.

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2017 Volkswagen Phideon

2017 Volkswagen Phideon

VW’s new Chinese sedan could preview the next-generation Phaeton

2015 was a year Volkswagen would rather delete from the collective memory using Agent K’s neuralyzer. The "Dieselgate" scandal caused sales to collapse, executives to resign, and spawned a massive investigation that could change the way production cars are tested before they hit dealerships. Moreover, it will cost the brand millions of dollars to handle all the recalls that resulted from the case and probably more to fix its public image. However, this didn’t stop Volkswagen from developing new models, one of which is the Phideon.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the T-Cross Breeze Concept and the new Up!, the Phideon is a large sedan that will slot above the Passat in the company’s lineup. Interestingly enough, the Phideon is about the same size as the Phaeton, which suggests that the Germans have finally decided to offer a new flagship sedan. On the other hand, and this is somewhat strange considering the car made its debut in Geneva, the Phideon will be produced and sold in China, with no plans to offer it in Europe or North America.

As for the awkward name, Volkswagen says it is a made up name that stands for elegance and reliability, while symbolically evoking Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity.

Is the Phideon a preview of the next-generation Phaeton that VW will sell in Europe and the U.S.? It’s very likely, but we won’t know for sure until Volkswagen spills the beans. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the brand’s new flagship sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Phideon.

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