2011 Volkswagen Phaeton

Sometimes an automaker will do something that just makes me shake my head and ask WHY, OH WHY? This time around, that automaker is Volkswagen, and that something is building a new Phaeton. That’s right, you’re looking at the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton, Vee Dub’s latest and greatest iteration of it’s super-luxury car.

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton Gallery

Now you might be thinking that Volkswagen isn’t a luxury brand. You would be right. You might also be thinking that VW owns Audi, and thus builds the Audi A8. You would be right again. Further, you might think that these two vehicles ( Phaeton and A8 ) would compete directly against each other. Dang, that’s three in a row – you’re pretty good at this.

Unfortunately, no one at Volkswagen seems to be quite as sharp. As a result, they’re going to go ahead and build the brand new 2011 Phaeton, regardless of what sound logic would say.

Don’t get me wrong – the Phaeton is an amazing car. Huge interior (insanely huge rear seats) with every luxury a person could ever want. Four-zone climate control, navigation with Google Maps, road sign recognition, and all sort of other wizardry are inside.

Pricing isn’t yet finalized, though you can be sure it’s in the six figure range. That’s what we call “Audi money.” Or BMW money. Or Mercedes money. It’s certainly not Volkswagen money, and that’s why I expect this car to fail as miserably as it’s predecessors.


Published on April 26, 2010 in Volkswagen

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