VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 3
First production year: 2002
Engines: Diesel, Gasoline

2010 - 2016

The 2010 Phaeton was one of the most underrated vehicles of its time. It had everything that a limousine needs and even more than most of the luxury cars had, but it still couldn't make it into the premium segment. Volkswagen rolled the dices with two vehicles: the Touareg and the Phaeton. While the Touareg was a hit and its sales were strong, the Phaeton didn't make itself an entra...

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diesel engines:

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton 3.0L V6 TDI 6AT (240 HP)

gasoline engines:

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton 3.6L V6 FSI 6AT (280 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton 4.2L V8 6AT (335 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton 6.0L W12 5AT (450 HP)

2004 - 2009

The Phaeton was the Volkswagen that shouldn't exist, or at least not in 2002 when the German carmaker introduced it on the market. Ferdinand Piech was in charge of the Volkswagen Group when he decided and pushed hard to introduce the Phaeton on the market in 2002. The carmaker had the A8 as a competitor against the S-Class from Mercedes and the 7-Series from BMW, but Piech asked for more...

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gasoline engines:

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton Long 3.2L V6 6AT AWD (240 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton Long 4.2L V8 5AT AWD (335 HP)

  VOLKSWAGEN Phaeton Long 6.0L W12 5AT AWD (420 HP)

2002 - 2009

Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton in 2002 as a direct competitor for luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Ferdinand Piech, the former Volkswagen CEO, pushed the company's engineers to develop a luxurious vehicle under the VW brand. They used the same platform from the Audi A8 and built a different bodywork on top of it, resulting in the Phaeton. Another problem was with the namep...

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