Revised luxury saloon unveiled; priced from around £45k
23 April 2010

The slow-selling Volkswagen Phaeton has been upgraded, with visitors to the Beijing motor show the first people to see it.

The launch venue is no coincidence; the Phaeton has sold in modest numbers only in the UK and Europe, and was pulled from sale in US entirely in 2006.

See the facelifted VW Phaeton pictures

China and South Korea are the car's biggest markets and VW sold 1400 Phaetons in China last year, a 40 per cent increase on 2008's levels.

The changes are largely cosmetic. The new Phaeton gets front-end styling now familiar from all new Volkswagens, including the Polo, Golf and Touareg.

Styling changes have also been made at the rear and new kit has been added inside, including Google Maps and road sign recognition technology.

The engine range is likely to be the same as in the current Phaeton. A 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel will be available in both short and long-wheelbase models, but the flagship 444bhp W12 petrol will be offered in the long-wheelbase Phaeton only.

The car is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in October; expect prices to start at around £45,000.

Mark Tisshaw

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22 April 2010

even skoda superb looks better.. this one is soo boring inside and out and lacks even a slightest sparkle..

22 April 2010

[quote orandzh]even skoda superb looks better[/quote]

very true, it makes me think what on earth are vw thinking of! it looks dated! i wonder who at vw actually think people in the market for a car of this type would choose this with such boring credentials

22 April 2010

[quote orandzh]even skoda superb looks better[/quote]

Whilst I agree the Phaeton is no looker, it is at least well proportioned.

The Skoda Superb is very wrongly proportioned, no facelift will sort that mess out.

22 April 2010

A rare car to see and one that grows on me. I've seen two recently, a W12 long wheelbase with diplomatic plates and a 3.0 turbo deisel with a VAG 9 number plate. They stand out and the W12 had a really beautiful leather interior, simple but elegant. Very cheap used. I could be tempted by a 55 plate.

22 April 2010

[quote orandzh]this one is soo boring inside and out[/quote]

Exactly my thoughts, they couldn't have made it more bland it they wanted to...

22 April 2010

I love this car.

It seems to have three pedals though?


I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

22 April 2010

[quote TheOmegaMan]It seems to have three pedals though?

that'll be the giant sized footrest then...

don't be too hard on VW for this car. my dad had one and it was a truly fantastic car. excellent ride, great build quality, and really cool air vents! sometimes, it's better to be understated than over egged...!

22 April 2010

I've always had a soft spot for the Phaeton - it's a handsome beast, very understated. It's a mystery to me why they made the steel platform for it and the Bentley Continental when they already had the identically-dimensioned aluminium platform for the Audi A8 - maybe it's just about product differentiation, trying to justify the A8's higher price tag, but then, the Bentley is the most expensive and yet not the most high-tech... however, I'm not so keen on this new version. The tail-light layout has been spoiled and the new wide grille doesn't look as good. Furthermore, they've stretched the wheelbase, and all the stretch has gone into the back doors, giving it a peculiarly unbalanced look. LWB Jags and BMWs look similarly unbalanced - is there to be a shorter-wheelbase version of the Phaeton? I do hope so.

22 April 2010

If you reduce this by 75% will that be the new Passat or will the Passat be more radical this time round?

22 April 2010

It's one of the last over-engineered cars in the market, you got to love it for that.




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