Volkswagen Phaeton with Long Wheelbase 2004 posters

Volkswagen Phaeton with Long Wheelbase

The Volkswagen Phaeton (pronounced "fay-ton") is a large luxury sedan designed to compete with other top-end vehicles such as the BMW 7-Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Named after Phaëton, son of Helios in Greek mythology, the Phaeton was the brainchild of VW chairman Ferdinand Piëch, who saw the addition of such a flagship as an opportunity to add luster to the Volkswagen brand. This swims against the common practice of multi-branding, where a company has a 'mainstream' brand and one or more luxury brands that share parts but don't directly compete. The Phaeton's platform is shared with the Audi A8, Bentley Continental GT, and Bentley Continental Flying Spur, and this is reflected in the interior design, which borrows in places from the luxury and ultra-luxury cousins. With a wheelbase of 3001mm, the Phaeton has the longest wheelbase in the Passenger Volkswagen range and is assembled by hand in a state-of-the-art Dresden, Germany glass factory, the Gläserne Manufaktur. The Phaeton isn't faring well in the US, however, with just 820 vehicles sold in 2005. Due toVW's traditional positioning as an 'economy' brand, Americans remain slow to accept the Phaeton. The Phaeton is priced at $66,700 for the V8 version, including a $1,300 gas-guzzler tax, and $96,700 for the W12 version, including a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax.

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