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  VW Phaeton W12
VWs attempt at moving upmarket has not been a success in general, and the Phaeton is (as of the time of writing in September 2006) unlikely to be replaced when it goes out of production.
VW encourage new Phaeton owners to take delivery in person at the factory if possible, where they have a fancy hand over centre for people taking possession of their new luxury VW, all in the name of making the whole ownership experience something special.
The Phaeton is indeed an impressive car, hugely powerful (414bhp in the case of the W12, and an impressive 313bhp from the 5.0 diesel version, 330bhp from the V8 and 238bhp from the base 3.2 litre V6), with good handling and performance across the range.
www.1-18scalecars.com /0VW_Phaeton_W12.htm   (800 words)

  VW Phaeton Successfully Challenges the Big Boys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
VW’s new luxury sedan exactly looks the part of the more mature, older brother to the Passat and Jetta.
The seats were originally too hard and unyielding, but VW tossed those seats and bolted in the eight-thousand way adjustable seats from the W12 Phaeton (ok, they’re only about 18 way adjustable for the driver and 16-way for the front passenger).
The Phaeton plays the role in its class that VW cars all play in their respective classes; it gives you a lot of fun car for a lot less green than the other guys.
www.motorsportscenter.com /printer_397.shtml   (2508 words)

 VW Phaeton Tips and Tricks
VW clearly warns the owners about this in the owner manual, which means they won't pay for broken (torn) heating mats under warranty if they have been ripped by someone's knee.
There are two kinds of leather used in Phaetons: 'Sensitive' leather, which is the top end stuff, and 'Vienna' leather, which is the mid-grade leather.
Everyone who owns a Phaeton seems to be very happy with it, and we really enjoy having technical specialists such as you folks participate in our forum.
www.tintdude.com /phaeton.html   (2470 words)

 Wintonsworld -VW Phaeton
Almost 100,000 euros for a VW The Phaeton is part of the mass car manufacturer’s improbable onslaught on the luxury sector, which also includes the Touareg Sport Utility Vehicle.
VW brags that its air conditioning system is the only one in the world capable of maintaining a steady interior temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while the vehicle is cruising at 186 mph in an outside temperature of 50 degrees.
VW initially estimated that it would sell about 30,000 Phaetons, but was forced to slash this back drastically to 15,000 a year, and then 10,000, as hoped for buyers failed to materialise.
www.wintonsworld.com /cars/vw-phaeton.html   (784 words)

 2004 VW Phaeton
The Phaeton has a number of novel ideas, such as a revolutionary 12-cylinder engine whose pistons are arrayed in a W formation and a four-zone ventilation system that blows air through hidden vents.
With all-wheel drive and either a 4.2-liter, 335-horsepower V-8 or a 6.0-liter, 420-horsepower W-12, the Phaeton is a bona fide competitor of luxury cars such as the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The Phaeton is produced in an all-new, high-style factory in Dresden, Germany.
www.tomstrongman.com /RoadTests/Phaeton/Index.htm   (646 words)

 VW Phaeton Review - Inspiring Men Magazine
In fact automotive journalists are the first ones to throw their hands in the air at the question we’ve heard since the inception of the Phaeton, “Why?”.
The Phaeton’s entrance into the luxury market, dominated by its German brothers Mercedes and BMW, is likened to a splash of spring water in an otherwise mirky, dull and muddy pond.
Not only have VW done it better, cheaper and more practical than the S-class; they’ve also managed to raise the bar in their first attempt at a class previously dominated by the ‘older crowd’.
www.inspiringmen.com /wmw/vwphaeton   (1250 words)

 VW Sites - Volkswagen's 2004 Phaeton - Will it Fly?
One day Phaeton convinced his father to loan him the chariot, which, with a golden axle, silver spokes and diamonds in place of chrome trim, was one stylin’ ride.
Sadly, as is often the case with teenagers behind the wheel, Phaeton drove the chariot of the sun god so close to the earth that he boiled the oceans, scorched the land, etc., and Zeus had to kill him with a lightning bolt.
VW won’t bring the diesel in with the first batch of Phaetons, and even if it does so later, it forecasts a mere 5 percent take-rate on a diesel Phaeton.
www.vwsites.com /news/2004_VW_Phaeton.php   (1504 words)

 497 2004 VW Phaeton
In ancient Ethiopia Phaeton was the son of an Ethiopian princess and his father was the sun god.
I agree the Phaeton is overpriced and further, it is understated.
VW looks to the consumer to do their QC (quality control), which is an unspoken company policy.
www.autolove.com /vw/497_2004_vw_phaeton.htm   (727 words)

 USATODAY.com - VW's new Phaeton: Smooth, classy ... and shockingly expensive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
For them, VW presents the Phaeton luxury sedan, the biggest, most expensive VW ever: 7 inches longer and 140 pounds heavier than a full-size Chevrolet Tahoe sport-utility vehicle, and priced $66,515 to $88,505.
VW's is called 4Motion, and it is the same as Audi's respected quattro system.
Phaeton was oblivious to an East Coast storm that piled snow, then turned it to ice with bursts of rain and temperature gyrations.
www.usatoday.com /money/autos/reviews/healey/2003-12-23-phaeton_x.htm   (1416 words)

 CanadianDriver: First Drive - 2004 VW Phaeton
The Phaeton, a late entry in what is already a crowded market, had to do something really special on top of the requisite leather, wood, satellite navigation, eight airbags, double-glazed side glass, power moonroof, heated and cooled massaging seats, and long-wheelbase comfort.
Huge VW logos aside, though, it's the details which are most interesting, from the vertical kink in the side window glass, the subtle badging, the beautiful door handles, and the four massive chrome exhaust pipes that are inset into the rear bumper, not hanging below cutouts in it.
Mounting the exhausts like that is a show-off move, intended to demonstrate the level of quality VW is capable of in its new glass-walled factory in Dresden, a quality that goes beyond the expected tight panel gaps, vault-like door-slam sound and perfect paint finish.
www.canadiandriver.com /articles/ly/04phaeton.htm   (1145 words)

 VW Phaeton - In Depth
The Phaeton, 5.06 metres long and 1.9 metres wide, will be available with innovative engines (including a W12 petrol unit and the world's most powerful passenger car diesel, the V10 TDI), four-wheel air suspension as standard, the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system (depending on equipment) and a 4-zone Climatronic air conditioner as standard.
Equipped with this perfect Service system, the Phaeton is entering the so-called D segment of a market in which new-registration fluctuations are subject less to the economic cycle than to the models on offer.
And yet the Phaeton quickly generates a feeling of familiarity, as it was conceived unequivocally, functionally and with unusual attention to detail.
www.germancarfans.com /2020301.001/3   (1460 words)

 Nuqul Automotive Launches the Latest VW Phaeton for the First Time in Jordan
Phaeton customers are sure to acquire a high-class sedan built in one of the most innovative and rigorous production facilities in the world.
The Phaeton’s silhouette is distinctive and elegant with long smooth swept-back surfaces and a powerful appearance with its roof located far forward.
In November 2002, the Phaeton was the first automobile in the world to be awarded the “AGR” seal of approval for its front and rear seats from the independent organization “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.” [Nonprofit action committee for healthy backs].
www.prweb.com /releases/2006/7/prweb412606.htm   (793 words)

 Папе Римскому подарили бронированный седан VW Phaeton | БЕЛОРУССКИЕ ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Папе Римскому подарили бронированный седан VW Phaeton
Ключи от подарка Папе в четверг в Ватикане вручил сам глава VW Бернд Пишетсридер.
В основе нового "папамобиля" лежит удлиненная версия седана VW Phaeton, выкрашенная в строгий черный цвет.
www.naviny.by /rubrics/auto/2006/10/20/ic_news_120_260754/print   (90 words)

 VolksWatch -- Volkswagen Phaeton V8 Road Test
On the road this big VW shows off its Autobahn-bred family lineage with reflexes that are tauter than the competition.
We drove the Phaeton on slick ice and through five inches of snow and it performed admirably, especially given its low-profile 18-inch tires.
The Phaeton's brake is mechanical but should be electronic like the Passat's, which is activated by a simple dash button.
www.volkswatch.com /roadtests/phaeton.asp   (916 words)

 USATODAY.com - Quality-control guru tackles VW problems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
VW officials don't deny the issue exists but haven't been able to fix it and at one point suggested she was driving the car too conservatively.
"VW is more apt to design a feature like a radio or a dashboard with cost and their own sense of taste in mind instead of what the consumer actually wants," he says.
Though VW's scores are falling, many consumers still perceive its quality to be higher than it is. That perception had helped VW stave off the need to use big incentives.
www.usatoday.com /money/autos/2004-05-11-vw_x.htm   (1062 words)

 VWvortex Forums: A Photo Tour of the Transparent Factory in Dresden
There are interpretive exhibits, partially assembled Phaeton components and cutaway models, and even a 6 axis full motion W12 simulator, complete with a visual system, to allow you to 'test drive' a W12 on the autobahn at any speed up to the full capability of the Phaeton.
Phaetons that are built for customers who plan to pick their car up at the factory are placed into the glass storage tower after they have been built, and the complete pre-delivery inspection process is completed.
The precision of measurement for the Phaeton bodywork is in the order of 10ths of a single millimeter, and it is impossible to achieve that precision by hand.
forums.vwvortex.com /zerothread?id=1837641   (3963 words)

 2007 VW Phaeton Review Picture
VW Phaeton is also available with extremely efficient 6.0-liter W12 engine capable of producing 420 horsepower.
With exquisite interior and awesome build-quality, the 2007 VW Phaeton is poised to rule the U.S. automobile market for a long time.
The 2007 VW Phaeton has it in itself to pose threat to coveted models in America like Mercedes-Benz.
www.carsextreme.com /vw_phaeton.html   (391 words)

The Phaeton is not selling as fast as a Lexus LS or a BMW 7 or Mercedes S Class, mainly due to the fact that a super large VW symbol is placed on a car that costs more than $51,000.
VW ads currently don't show this car in a luxurious manner; their only add being quite strange, more of a kid playing with a toy rather than a adult enjoying a luxury car.
If VW is to lure the higher class luxury buyer, they should make sure they don't feel weird or strange when picking the Phaeton.
www.autosupermart.com /store/shop/news/PR/2005vwphaeton.html?id=FZNV2i6K   (2057 words)

 Seven Stars And Stripes World-Wide Award, Global Award System [Hotels Awards, Cuisine Awards, Airline Awards, Mobile ...
For the Phaeton the winding roads through vineyards and tunnels proved to be an effortless exercise, highlighted by the excitement created during frequent stops for photos.
Entering the Volkswagen Phaeton we were comforted by the finest supple leather seats and laminated wood used for the interior which is dominated by a refreshing, clear and balanced elegance.
Werner Wilhelm, technical project leader for Phaeton, said that 'luxury customers expect and demand a high level of sophistication in their automobiles' and the VW interiors have maintained the highest level of quality in the industry over the past few years and judging from the Phaeton, they have raised that level of refinement as well.
www.sevenstarsandstripes.com /mobile.asp?pagetoshow=content/mobile/phaeton/index&sl=20   (2958 words)

The lines of the Phaeton are extraordinarily clear and striking: It is without doubt different from any vehicle before.
All the four engine variants for the Phaeton have one thing in common: exemplary performance combined with optimum quietness.
And in terms of safety, too, the Phaeton leaves no desire unfulfilled: alongside all the familiar driver assistance systems, the use of a total of 16 different metals and special plastics, as well as a unique active head restraint system, delivers unmatched levels of safety.
www.volkswagen.com /vwcms_publish/vwcms/master_public/virtualmaster/en2/models/phaeton.html   (221 words)

 Volkswagen Phaeton 4MOTION W-12 - Previews - Car and Driver September 2002
This car, the Phaeton, stretches to 199.0 inches in length, is powered by a 12-cylinder engine making 414 horsepower, and features an air-conditioning system so complex it splits the interior into four separate zones.
VW's new luxury sedan takes on the Mercedes-Benz S-class, the BMW 7-series, and the new Audi A8 and Bentley GT Coupe, in-house rivals that share many of the same mechanical components.
VW's 6.0-liter W-12, introduced on the Audi A8 in Europe in 2001, produces the same 414 horses and 406 pound-feet of torque, with one important difference: The Audi uses dry-sump lubrication; VW prefers wet-sump.
www.caranddriver.com /article.asp?section_id=19&article_id=2477   (682 words)

 VW Phaeton 2007 Pricing Pictures
As far as the engine specifications are concerned, the 2007 VW Phaeton is equipped with 4.2-liter V8 engine capable of producing a whopping 335 horsepower.
VW Phaeton is also available with exceptionally efficient 6.0-liter W12 engine capable of producing 420 horsepower.
The 2007 VW Phaeton has got the potential and ingredients to pose threat to coveted models in America like Mercedes-Benz.
www.myusedauto.com /Used_Cars/2005-vw-phaeton.htm   (350 words)

 Test Drive Notes: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton
Our fear is that the Phaeton is like one of those early Steven Bochco TV series: brilliant, intelligent, and quickly cancelled due to lack of popular interest.
VWs in general, are not among the planet's most reliable cars.
The VW Touareg we tested last year had a mysterious battery problem and a ride-height warning light that came on intermittently.
www.cartalk.com /content/testdrives/Reviews/vw-phaeton-2004.html   (1832 words)

 Driven Article - 2004 VW Phaeton V8 - 04/2004
The Phaeton is the most misunderstood luxury car on the face of the planet, and the reason for that is the fact that it’s made by VW.
The Phaeton is built at VW’s Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany, a town best known for its roles as a target of Allied firebombing in World War II and a backdrop for Kurt Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse Five.
Driving the Phaeton is not a soul-stirring proposition that will have drivers writing love letters to VW about the car’s ability to make them one with the enthusiast universe.
www.autofieldguide.com /driven/0404dri16.html   (928 words)

 AutoMobil -VW Phaeton auf Continental Luftfeder-Fahrwerk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-11)
Der Volkswagen Phaeton verfügt als erste Limousine der automobilen Oberklasse serienmäßig über ein volltragendes Luftfeder-Fahrwerk.
Um dies zu erreichen, werden beim Phaeton sowohl Radbeschleunigungssensoren an den Stoßdämpfern sowie Sensoren zum Messen der Karosseriebewegungen eingesetzt.
Fährt der Phaeton schneller als 120 km/h, senkt sich die Karosserie automatisch wieder auf Normalniveau ab.
www.conti-online.com /generator/www/ch/de/continental/automobil/allgemein/innovation/phaeton_de.html   (251 words)

 Volkswagen Phaeton information, specifications, history, and images. High Resolution, Wallpapers, Destop Images.
At the Geneva Motor Show Volkswagen is presenting a generation of the Phaeton that is equipped with numerous technical innovations.
A technological highlight of this engine: The Phaeton with V6 turbo-diesel engine will be the first car model of the corporation, and one of the first cars worldwide, to already fulfill the Euro-5 standard that goes into effect in 2009.
This system monitors the area in back of and next to the Phaeton via radar sensors in the rear bumper (one sensor each for areas to the left and right of the vehicle), and it signals a potential collision risk via an indicator light in the outside mirror housing.
www.conceptcarz.com /vehicle/z13319/Volkswagen_Phaeton/default.aspx   (613 words)

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