Volkswagen unveiled its all new Volkswagen PHIDEON luxury saloon at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. However, the new luxury car will be only available at the Chinese market initially -- a move that has dismayed car enthusiasts who were looking forward to driving this latest super luxurious saloon offering from the German manufacturer.
The new Volkswagen PHIDEON is an elegant five-metre four-door saloon, and is more upscale than the Passat and Magotan models. Although the car was designed and developed in Germany, Volkswagen announced that the new PHIDEON will only be available to the Chinese market in the third quarter of this year with no indication when the luxury car will be available to other markets.
According to the company, Volkswagen’s Chinese counterpart – SAIC Volkswagen – was deeply involved in the development of the car. SAIC Volkswagen lent its extensive experience in knowing the latest customer trends as well as its technical expertise.
For this reason, the agreement was that SAIC Volkswagen will manufacture the new PHIDEON, which is dubbed as the new ‘face’ of Volkswagen luxury saloons. Volkswagen Head of Design Klaus Bischoff said that the new PHIDEON, with its graceful yet precise lines, imposes a powerful yet refined presence, superior in all aspects yet charismatic.
It is considered an avant-garde model, completely designed in Europe but meant for the enjoyment of discerning Chinese clientele. PHIDEON is said to be a construct representing elegance and reliability and also symbolically and phonetically alludes to the Roman goddess of fidelity, Fides.
According to the design team, it is even possible to create the PHIDEON from the stunning C Coupe GTE concept unveiled during the 2015 Auto Shanghai, with only minor changes. The car is also the first Volkswagen vehicle developed using the Modular Longitudinal Matrix (MLB).