Neusser said “the next Phaeton has to be class leading” and be “very smooth and luxurious” to drive.
Despite never selling in great numbers, Neusser said a replacement for the Phaeton was important as it acted as a technology flagship for the VW brand and allowed advanced systems to be put into production, with lessons then applied to getting that technology into its more mainstream models at an affordable price.
“We use all the technology and develop it for other VWs and group brands,” said Neusser. “It’s actually got a very attractive business case.”
The new Phaeton would be based on VW’s next-generation MLB platform, which is currently in development.