New MQB structure allows for a much greater range of bodystyles and engines
Mark Tisshaw
7 February 2012

Volkswagen’s upcoming MQB platform will allow the firm to grow its Passat range even further, Autocar has learned. The versatile MQB structure will be introduced first on the new Audi A3 at next month’s Geneva motor show. It will then be rolled out across a whole range of VW Group cars, underpinning everything up to the VW CC.

Stefan Buhrmann, VW’s marketing chief for mid to full-sized cars, confirmed that replacements for the Passat range — currently including saloon, estate, CC and Alltrack variants — would be launched off the MQB structure. He also said MQB provided “a boost” in presenting chances to grow the Passat range further.

“MQB definitely provides more opportunities for us,” he told Autocar. “With the Passat, we can offer many different designs and wheelbases, and can be much more flexible with engines.”

The Phaeton also comes under Buhrmann’s remit, and he confirmed work was continuing on its successor, with another round of improvements likely soon for the current car. “We don’t see the Phaeton as a one-time event,” he said. “We work on every project and want to grow the Phaeton.”

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7 February 2012

[quote Autocar] “We don’t see the Phaeton as a one-time event,” he said. “We work on every project and want to grow the Phaeton.” [/quote]

I trust he means metaphorically, not physically.

[quote Autocar]Volkswagen’s upcoming MQB platform will allow the firm to grow its Passat range even further[/quote]

I assume they mean more spin off's of the Passat size rather than the name. They've been there before with the CC and ended up re-naming it.

7 February 2012

The world needs more Phaetons, perhaps another half-dozen to add to the 17 they've sold already, a token effort to halt the unstoppable march of the Maybachs....

7 February 2012

Just had this image of a Phaeton coupe flash through my mind. It is a wonder we have not seen one yet (and I don't mean a Bentley Conti!).

DKW

7 February 2012

I've got time for a new Phaeton. A discrete non sporty barge has more relevance today than when the first gen Phaeton was released, though they will need to be less ambitious with the engineering, which means the buying and maintenance costs will be cheaper, which I believe is their intention.

7 February 2012

[quote DKW]A discrete non sporty barge [/quote]

What's wrong with the Superb? (which I quite like, incidentally; if I had space for a car over 4.5 metres it would definitely be on my radar)

7 February 2012

They don't see the Phaeton as a one-time event? For VW dealers, selling a Phaeton was absolutely a one-time event, if they were lucky. Corporate hubris is alive and well and living in Wolfsburg.

7 February 2012

Oh good, we definitely need more Passats on the road. They make your heart go oh-oh-oh...

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