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Next-generation VW Phaeton will get turbocharged direct injection diesel, plug-in hybrid engines

Turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines will be part of the powertrain offerings for the second generation of the Volkswagen Phaeton big luxury sedan when it is rolled out in the United States for the 2018 or 2019 model year, sources told Automotive News. The return of the Phaeton to the US has already been confirmed by Michael Horn, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America.

The sources disclosed that the Phaeton will be available in a number of high-powered engines like a 450hp V-8 TDI and a 400hp-plus V-6 gasoline plug-in hybrid. The source, however, said that a top-of-the-line W-12 engine would not be offered in the Phaeton in the US.

While sources say the new Phaeton "is virtually developed and finished," VW is not hasty in replacing the first-generation Phaeton. The current Phaeton did not do well in the US and was scrapped in 2006, although it still sells in China.

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Next-generation VW Phaeton will be more affordable as it will take on Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus SHO

We already know that the first-generation Volkswagen Phaeton was not quite a bestseller but it appears that the German carmaker will adopt a new strategy. According to Edmunds, the new Phaeton will become more affordable as it will take on cars such as the Chrysler 300 or the Ford Taurus SHO.

The first generation Phaeton has a sticker price of over $100,000, while the Ford Taurus SHO costs $40,805.

Meanwhile, a fully loaded 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition with all-wheel drive costs $48,175. The Volkswagen Phaeton was a hand-built rival for cars made by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

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Volkswagen Phaeton to return to the United States

Volkswagen AG is planning to reintroduce the Phaeton to the United States, seven years after pulling out the luxury sedan from the country. VW had to pull out the Phaeton, its most expensive model, from the US due to weak. However, VW has been unable to crack the upscale segment in the US, and the Phaeton seems like an ideal candidate to do so.

VW may show the Phaeton U.S. consumers at the Detroit auto show in January 2014 in preparation for its eventual return. Phaenton’s US comeback would complement the rollout of the carmaker’s new SUVs as VW is planning to use the luxury sedan to show off its engineering prowess.

VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn confirmed to Bloomberg at a conference in Wolfsburg, Germany, this month the return of the Phaeton to the US. He remarked that a brand as large as VW needs a halo project in the upscale segment. “We've seen what happens to brands that don't have that kind of project," he told Bloomberg.

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Vw planning to bring the new Phaeton and Microbus to the United States

Two of Volkswagen’s former vehicles will make a comeback in the U.S., according to the automaker’s future product portfolio. Automotive News said that the two vehicles that will be returning are the Phaeton ultra-luxury sedan and a new three-row Bulli that takes inspiration from the original Volkswagen Microbus.

The Volkswagen Phaeton was phased out in 2006 due to poor sales. One reason cited was its high price. Customers didn’t want to pay for a VW car that cost the same as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Phaeton sales in the U.S. reached a peak of 1939 units in 2004, before falling to 820 in 2005 and declining further to only 235 in 2006. The report also said that the new version of the Phaeton will be launched in Europe in 2015, and that the car would arrive in the U.S. but the date is still unclear.

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We can expect a new Volkswagen Phaeton Mk2 to be launched in 2015. Its architecture will come from Audi. The new VW Phaeton, dubbed VW631, is to be built on MLM Evo (modular longitudinal matrix) which allows for a plug-in hybrid option, a body structure that uses a major amount of aluminum, and a layout that’s a lot more advanced and is less nose-heavy.

In the past, VW chairman Martin Winterkorn has black-flagged the Avantissimo (A8-based) and the Passat Variant Plus (A6-derived) but there’s a lot of potential for a second more practical bodystyle aside from the four-door notch that’s nearly compulsory in this segment.

A five-door coupé version would be highly practical but the Volkswagen brand is likely to be better off with a more pragmatic shape that might be more spacious than a Superb Combi, as sleek as an Avant, and as lavish as the present Phaeton, says Car. What’s certain is that the Phaeton MkII model would be slotted between A6 and A8 and will have a price that’s lower than that of the current Phaeton.

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All eyes are on how Hyundai’s Equus sedan fares in the luxury car segment and how it compares to the launching of the Toyota's Lexus LS 400 in 1989 and Volkswagen's Phaeton experiment in 2003. The Equus sedan, which is priced below $60,000 in the US, is being matched up against the models produced by these volume brands that were considered risky at the time.

On many accounts, the Equus sedan appears to be better groomed than these two models. Hyundai’s volume goals for the Equus are modest. The company plans on boosting promotion at its mass-market dealerships for the big luxury sedan.

Notably, there isn’t as much of a gap between the Equus and Hyundai's Genesis (which has soaring sales) than the Phaeton and the VW Passat or between the LS 400 and Toyota's range-topping Cressida sedan back in 1989.

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This is the 2011 Vw Phaeton Facelift, the latest generation of the German flagship sedan. Set to make its official debut tomorrow, at the Beijing Auto Show, the new car follows the same design line of the new Volkswagen models, showing a completely new front section but also modifications to its rear section and silhouette.

Also, the new car features several technical improvements such as Dynamic Light Assist (camera-based dynamic main beam regulation) and a navigation system that, if desired, can integrate online data from Google into the map display.

The new optional front camera enables drivers to see road signs, with speed limit signs visualized on the instrument panel and centre console's touchscreen. The new Phaeton will be available with a choice of two wheelbase options and two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats).

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The Volkswagen Phaeton, which has been slow in selling, has been upgraded. The revised luxury saloon was introduced today at the Beijing Auto Show. The launch venue was chosen precisely because it didn't sell so well in the UK and Europe but sells well in Asia. And in the US, it was pulled from sale completely in 2006.

The Phaeton's biggest markets are China and South Korea. VW sold 1400 Phaetons in China last year, a 40% compared to 2008 figures. However, these changes are mostly cosmetic.

VW's new Phaeton receives front-end styling shared by all new Volkswagens, including the Polo, Golf and Touareg. Styling tweaks have also been made at the rear.

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Instead of producing the Phaeton to compete with the 7-Series and S-Class in Europe, Volkswagen will modify the next generation of the car to the US and China markets. Since the Phaeton's launch in 2002, it has only sold a few units.

The Phaeton has just been facelifted and fitted with several internet connectivity features initially seen on the latest Audi A8, which it directly competes with. VW has plans to give the next Phaeton a new platform.

Insiders divulged that its styling and mechanical components will be steered towards the US (where sales of the Phaeton concluded in 2009) and China (where VW predicts to sell 3,000 of the current model this year).

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