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Volkswagen Is Working On A Phaeton Successor

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Volkswagen Is Working On A Phaeton Successor

The Phaeton, a car nobody knew they wanted, didn’t exactly do well in the market. There’s been talk of Volkswagen bringing it back, but with the departure of VW Group’s old chief, that doesn’t look nearly as likely. That’s why a new report from Motoring, a publication from Down Under, is so interesting.

Motoring spoke with Dr. Frank Welsch, VW’s director of development, about a Phaeton successor concept car that will debut in Geneva next March. Welsche spilled some details, the most interesting being that this concept will be all-electric. Considering the mess Volkswagen made with Dieselgate, rolling out yet another EV is a great idea.

This flagship sedan doesn’t have a name, at least not officially. I doubt it will be called Phaeton II. It will share the MEB electric-car platform with the I.D. and it’s growing lineup of spinoff models. That may mean this new sedan will be called the I.D. something – we’ll see.

Welsch also said the new car will be large, of course, and “classical” in its styling. In other words, the average person may not realize it’s an EV at first glance. That’s great, because not everyone who wants electrification also wants a car that looks like a cartoon.

Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.


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