Friday, April 18, 2008

The $60,000 VW May Return

Being a Volkswagen fan for many years, I was intrigued by the idea of the Phaeton, a high-end VW that competes with more pricey German vehicles. Unfortunately, the price (and reported electrical problems) put the kaibosh on the car here in the USA.

What made the Phaeton worth $60,000? Well, the development process for the older brother to the Passat resulted in the development of over 100 individual patents specific to the Phaeton. The vehicle’s distinctive features included a draftless four-zone climate system, a unique air compressor suspension system, the VW 4-motion all wheel drive, and the ability to dynamically select your preferred ride type from comfort to sport.

Phaeton also had the “Klavier Lack” option in which the vehicle would be double painted and sanded in-between the first and second paint applications for a classy exterior look.

Well, according to Left Lane, the Phaeton has been redesigned for 2008 and is doing quite well in Europe. It could return to the U.S. market in 2010 at the earliest. Maybe, by that time, I can afford to buy one.

Just kidding...

For those of you still scratching your heads over the idea of a high-end Volkswagen, check out the U.K. VW Phaeton Web Site.

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