Volkswagen Phaeton

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The Volkswagen Phaeton (pronounced “fay-ton”) is a full-size sedan manufactured by Volkswagen. Introduced at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show and marketed worldwide, the Phaeton was sold in North America from model year 2004 through 2006.

The name Phaeton derives from Phaëton, the son of Phoebus (or Helios) in Greek mythology, and also the Phaeton, a type of horse-drawn carriage from the 19th century.

The Phaeton was conceived by Ferdinand Piëch[citation needed], then chairman of Volkswagen. Piëch wanted VW engineers to create a car that would overwhelmingly surpass the German prestige market leaders, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The decision to release the Phaeton was, in part, a response to Mercedes’s decision to compete directly with VW in the European marketplace with the low-cost A-Class. It was also intended to support the VW brand image, since the most expensive versions of lesser models, such as the Golf GTi, were starting to cost almost as much as equivalently-sized prestige brands.

Initial development of the Phaeton began with Piëch giving his engineers a list of ten parameters the car needed to fulfill. Most of these specifications were not made known to the public, but a number of them were told to automotive reporters. One of them was that the Phaeton should be capable of being driven all day at 300 km/h (190 mph) with an exterior temperature of 50 °C (122 °F) whilst maintaining the interior temperature at 22 °C (72 °F). Piëch requested this even though the Phaeton’s top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h (160 mph).[1] Another requirement was that the car should possess torsional rigidity of 37,000 Nm/degree.

The Phaeton’s platform, the Volkswagen Group D1 platform, is shared with the Bentley Continental GT and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Certain systems, such as the transmission and some engines, are also shared with the Audi A8. The D1 is a stand-alone platform, and was specifically developed for the Phaeton and Bentley under code name VW611. It is commonly confused with Audi’s D3 platform, which is aluminium-based instead of the D1’s steel platform.

As of 2005[update], the Phaeton has the longest wheelbase in the Volkswagen passenger car line.