It’s time for us to take a look at another vehicle produced by Volkswagen to discover its strengths and weaknesses and to find out whether it’s worth buying.
Although Volkswagen vehicles aren’t as luxurious as some of the other vehicles available on the market, safety has always played an important role throughout the brand’s history.
Volkswagen is arguably one of the safest, if not the safest, brands in the world.
The vehicle that we are going to look at today is the Volkswagen Phaeton. Launched in 2002, the model proved quite popular with customers. The production of the Phaeton is about to come to an end next month, which is why we’re going to take a look back at the car’s history today.
The development of the Phaeton began in the late 1990’s. Volkswagen wanted to compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, however at the time its line-up didn’t include any vehicles that it could do it with.
Volkswagen Concept D, on which the Phaeton is based, appeared at the 1999 International Motor Show Germany. It allowed the brand to toy with the idea of a slightly more luxurious vehicle, and following a positive response from critics, the brand decided to enter the car into production.
To make the vehicle truly special, the brand included over 100 different patents, created specifically for the Phaeton. Features such a unique draftless four-zone climate system and radar adaptive cruise control elevated the Phaeton to another level.
A variety of different engines were available to choose from, however the base model came equipped with a 3.2-litre VR6 engine capable of producing 241 PS (177 kW; 238 bhp) at 6200. It had a top speed of 148.5 mph (239 km/h).
Although the Phaeton received two facelift throughout its production run, one in 2007 and another in 2010, no major changes to the car were made.
The sales of the Phaeton were extremely disappointing, with the brand making great losses on the car. It was discontinued in the US in 2006 due to the low sales and was even named one of Europe’s biggest loss making cars.
Currently, Volkswagen is set to end production of the Phaeton next month, however according to reports an all-electric second generation is currently in the works. Much hasn’t been revealed about the new Phaeton yet, but we’re definitely going to get some more details about the car in the near future.
Are you a fan of the Phaeton? Perhaps, you own one yourself? Let us know how you feel about the car and don’t forget to have a little browse through the rest of our blog for more fun articles about various carmakers and the vehicles they produce.