The Truth About Cars » Phaeton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 22:06:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 No Fixed Abode: Farewell to the Transparent Dream http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-fixed-abode-farewell-transparent-dream/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-fixed-abode-farewell-transparent-dream/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:58:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1313602 Just short of ten years ago, I clambered out of a claustrophobia-inducing Lufthansa coach seat in Frankfurt, grabbed my luggage, and headed for the parking garage. I had paid for my own flight — which did not surprise me in the slightest, because I was a cycling journalist at the time, not an automotive one. […]

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Just short of ten years ago, I clambered out of a claustrophobia-inducing Lufthansa coach seat in Frankfurt, grabbed my luggage, and headed for the parking garage. I had paid for my own flight — which did not surprise me in the slightest, because I was a cycling journalist at the time, not an automotive one. […]

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Volkswagen Temporarily Shutters Showcase Phaeton Plant To Save Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/volkswagen-temporarily-shutters-showcase-phaeton-plant-save-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/volkswagen-temporarily-shutters-showcase-phaeton-plant-save-money/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:12:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1245657 Volkswagen will suspend production at its small, flagship facility in Dresden that produces the Phaeton for at least a year, Reuters reported (via Automotive News). The small, boutique plant will be shuttered to help cut costs for the automaker, which announced it would scale back some projects to help it pay for its massive diesel scandal. […]

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Volkswagen will suspend production at its small, flagship facility in Dresden that produces the Phaeton for at least a year, Reuters reported (via Automotive News). The small, boutique plant will be shuttered to help cut costs for the automaker, which announced it would scale back some projects to help it pay for its massive diesel scandal. […]

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No More LNTs for Volkswagen Diesels; Phaeton Goes All-electric http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-lnts-volkswagen-diesels-phaeton-goes-electric/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-lnts-volkswagen-diesels-phaeton-goes-electric/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194122 Volkswagen in Germany announced Tuesday that its diesel cars on sale in Europe and the U.S. would be fitted with an emissions-scrubbing urea tank instead of a lean nitrogen-oxide trap and the automaker would develop further its all-electric vehicles, starting with the Phaeton. “The Volkswagen brand is repositioning itself for the future. We are becoming […]

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Volkswagen in Germany announced Tuesday that its diesel cars on sale in Europe and the U.S. would be fitted with an emissions-scrubbing urea tank instead of a lean nitrogen-oxide trap and the automaker would develop further its all-electric vehicles, starting with the Phaeton. “The Volkswagen brand is repositioning itself for the future. We are becoming […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Phaeton Axed in UK, Porsche 911 GT With A Stick and GM Is Down in China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/while-you-were-sleeping-phaeton-axed-in-uk-porsche-911-gt-with-a-stick-and-gm-is-down-in-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/while-you-were-sleeping-phaeton-axed-in-uk-porsche-911-gt-with-a-stick-and-gm-is-down-in-china/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1084185 The Volkswagen Phaeton, the pride of former chairman Piëch, has been discontinued in the UK. Don’t worry, though, if you’re one of those people who enjoy such understated luxury. Volkswagen is still planning a next-generation version of the car. Here’s what happened overnight. Volkswagen Phaeton axed in the UK (Autocar) The current-generation VW Phaeton has […]

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The Volkswagen Phaeton, the pride of former chairman Piëch, has been discontinued in the UK. Don’t worry, though, if you’re one of those people who enjoy such understated luxury. Volkswagen is still planning a next-generation version of the car. Here’s what happened overnight. Volkswagen Phaeton axed in the UK (Autocar) The current-generation VW Phaeton has […]

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Volkswagen Moving Ahead With New Phaeton Despite Itself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/volkswagen-moving-ahead-new-phaeton-despite/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/volkswagen-moving-ahead-new-phaeton-despite/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989922 Despite cost-cutting measures meant to save the automaker €5 billion annually by 2017, Volkswagen is moving ahead with a new Phaeton by 2018 at the latest. Reuters reports the revamp of the €76,000 ($86,000 USD) executive car would cost up to €650 million ($733 million) according to Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst, flying in the […]

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Despite cost-cutting measures meant to save the automaker €5 billion annually by 2017, Volkswagen is moving ahead with a new Phaeton by 2018 at the latest. Reuters reports the revamp of the €76,000 ($86,000 USD) executive car would cost up to €650 million ($733 million) according to Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst, flying in the […]

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AMA About My Phaeton Ownership Experience http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ama-phaeton-ownership-experience/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/ama-phaeton-ownership-experience/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:03:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917482 Ah, the Volkswagen Phaeton. Everyone has an opinion about it. It epitomized Piech’s hubris. It is an unmarketable $100,000 Passat. It is essentially a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, but without the bling. It is the greatest car man has ever conceived. Like Alfa Romeo, there’s always a rumor that the Phaeton 2.0 will be returning to […]

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Ah, the Volkswagen Phaeton. Everyone has an opinion about it. It epitomized Piech’s hubris. It is an unmarketable $100,000 Passat. It is essentially a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, but without the bling. It is the greatest car man has ever conceived. Like Alfa Romeo, there’s always a rumor that the Phaeton 2.0 will be returning to […]

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Horn: VW Phaeton To Return To US In 2018 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/horn-vw-phaeton-to-return-to-us-in-2018/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/horn-vw-phaeton-to-return-to-us-in-2018/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=804098 In an interview with Bloomberg at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen America CEO Michael Horn says the Phaeton will return to the United States market as early as 2018. Autoblog reports the full-size luxury sedan — which last sold in 2006 on our shores — has been under consideration by the automaker for […]

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In an interview with Bloomberg at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen America CEO Michael Horn says the Phaeton will return to the United States market as early as 2018. Autoblog reports the full-size luxury sedan — which last sold in 2006 on our shores — has been under consideration by the automaker for […]

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Made-In-China Phaeton? Um Himmelswillen! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/458288/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/458288/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:07:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458288 Wolfsburg’s Über-VW, the Phaeton, will be produced in China. At least if the Chinese car site Auto.163 is correct. The news is coming to you via Chinacartimes, which doubts the article’s veracity, not only because the logic behind Auto.163’s reasoning is a bit backwards. Is it really?Says Chinacartimes: “Auto.163 are citing VW’s new DSG gearbox […]

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Wolfsburg’s Über-VW, the Phaeton, will be produced in China. At least if the Chinese car site Auto.163 is correct. The news is coming to you via Chinacartimes, which doubts the article’s veracity, not only because the logic behind Auto.163’s reasoning is a bit backwards. Is it really?Says Chinacartimes: “Auto.163 are citing VW’s new DSG gearbox […]

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Review: 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Take Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-hyundai-genesis-5-0-r-spec-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-hyundai-genesis-5-0-r-spec-take-two/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:13:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417183 The Japanese are always worried about what the North Koreans have up their sleeve, but if the writing on the wall were legible, they would be more concerned about what’s going on in the south. If the 2009 Hyundai Genesis was a shot across the bow of Lexus and Infiniti, then the Genesis 5.0 R-spec […]

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The Japanese are always worried about what the North Koreans have up their sleeve, but if the writing on the wall were legible, they would be more concerned about what’s going on in the south. If the 2009 Hyundai Genesis was a shot across the bow of Lexus and Infiniti, then the Genesis 5.0 R-spec […]

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The Recession Is Over: Phaeton Production Needs Second Shift http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/the-recession-is-over-phaeton-production-needs-second-shift/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/the-recession-is-over-phaeton-production-needs-second-shift/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:04:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381880 The recession must have come to a sudden end.  Volkswagen can’t make enough Phaetons to meet demand. Last year, Volkswagen sold 7,000 of the facelifted Über-VW. This year, all indicators say “mehr.” You probably suspect who’s buying most of those Phaetons: The Chinese. China has become the biggest market of the Phaeton. It is being […]

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The recession must have come to a sudden end.  Volkswagen can’t make enough Phaetons to meet demand. Last year, Volkswagen sold 7,000 of the facelifted Über-VW. This year, all indicators say “mehr.” You probably suspect who’s buying most of those Phaetons: The Chinese. China has become the biggest market of the Phaeton. It is being […]

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Attention, Jack Baruth: Volkswagen Brings Phaeton Back To The U.S.A. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/attention-jack-baruth-volkswagen-brings-phaeton-back-to-the-u-s-a/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/attention-jack-baruth-volkswagen-brings-phaeton-back-to-the-u-s-a/#comments Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:07:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358919 Jack Baruth’s favorite car (he was pretty much alone with that affliction) is coming back stateside: The Phaeton, Volkswagen’s hand-built ueber-mobil. Not a rumor. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said it to the Freie Presse in Chemnitz. A VW spokesperson  in Dresden, where the Phaeton is handcrafted , said there is no exact timing. The car […]

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Jack Baruth’s favorite car (he was pretty much alone with that affliction) is coming back stateside: The Phaeton, Volkswagen’s hand-built ueber-mobil. Not a rumor. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said it to the Freie Presse in Chemnitz. A VW spokesperson  in Dresden, where the Phaeton is handcrafted , said there is no exact timing. The car […]

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Facelifted Phaeton Emerges In Beijing, Armed To The Teeth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/facelifted-phaeton-emerges-in-beijing-armed-to-the-teeth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/facelifted-phaeton-emerges-in-beijing-armed-to-the-teeth/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 11:40:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353701 Volkswagen confirmed today that reports of a facelifted Phaeton are true. Tomorrow and on Saturday, the press can admire the car at the Beijing Autoshow. From April 27 to May 2, the remaining 1.3b Chinese will be able to get a first look, and decide whether the car fits in their purchasing plans. Eight years […]

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Volkswagen confirmed today that reports of a facelifted Phaeton are true. Tomorrow and on Saturday, the press can admire the car at the Beijing Autoshow. From April 27 to May 2, the remaining 1.3b Chinese will be able to get a first look, and decide whether the car fits in their purchasing plans. Eight years […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: As Phaet Would Have It… Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-as-phaet-would-have-it-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-as-phaet-would-have-it-edition/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:34:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352214 Goodness gracious, but the re-born Volkswagen Phaeton [as spied by AutoExpress] sure looks like a giant Passat. If anything, it might even be less distinctive than the old version. Because sometimes you have to learn a lesson the hard way. Twice.

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Goodness gracious, but the re-born Volkswagen Phaeton [as spied by AutoExpress] sure looks like a giant Passat. If anything, it might even be less distinctive than the old version. Because sometimes you have to learn a lesson the hard way. Twice.

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The Phaeton Rises From The Ashes – In Beijing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/the-phaeton-rises-from-the-ashes-%e2%80%93-in-beijing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/the-phaeton-rises-from-the-ashes-%e2%80%93-in-beijing/#comments Fri, 02 Apr 2010 16:14:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=351300 As you are reading this, worker bees in the employ of Volkswagen are putting the last touches on a revamped model of the venerable Phaeton, overtime be damned. When everything is in Ordnung and the Spaltmass (panel gap) is as tight as a vise, the Phaeton will be loaded on the next Lufthansa freighter, and […]

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As you are reading this, worker bees in the employ of Volkswagen are putting the last touches on a revamped model of the venerable Phaeton, overtime be damned. When everything is in Ordnung and the Spaltmass (panel gap) is as tight as a vise, the Phaeton will be loaded on the next Lufthansa freighter, and […]

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