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It's not coming here, no need to get out of your chair. The Phaeton picks up a new nose, a ton of little tweaks, a new 3-liter TDI V6, and will be on sale in Europe this summer. It's a wonderful car -- gorgeously appointed and scrupulously assembled. Unfortunately, the marketing didn't connect enough Phaetons with owners, so it has been banished from US showrooms. A shame, really, as VW's already dreamy dreamboat picks up a passel of safety gear and the aforementioned new diesel that meets Euro V emissions standards while remaining the ultimate showcase of VW's formidable tech integration chops. We like the new face, which keeps the Phaeton in line with the corporate look of Volkswagen. It's always been a stealth bomber, and it still maintains its Passat-in-a-double-breasted-suit look, which will help you fly along under the radar of most drivers (and constabularies, hopefully) while enjoying sumptuous appointments and a vaultlike structure.

Press release after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

2007 Geneva Motor Show - Phaeton
Top Model with New Technical Features and First Euro-5 TDI

Innovation: Phaeton with new V6 TDI satisfies Euro-5 standard that goes into effect starting in 2009

Perfection: Systems like Front Assist and Side Assist for even greater safety
Wolfsburg, 06 March 2007

At the Geneva Motor Show Volkswagen is presenting a generation of the Phaeton that is equipped with numerous technical innovations. Modifications and new equipment details will already flow into ongoing production starting at the end of May.

233 PS TDI is the first large diesel of the corporation to fulfill the Euro-5 standard; standard that goes into effect in 2009 calls for 80 percent reduction in particulate limits

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. In this context, one change compared to the Euro-4 standard is that required limits for soot particulates are 80 percent lower – the new Phaeton V6 TDI car version fulfills these requirements with its new 171 kW / 233 PS common rail direct-injection engine.

Compared to the now retired V6 TDI, the new engine adds eight PS, but at 9.6 liters per 100 kilometers it does not by any means consume any more fuel. CO2 emissions at 259 g/km are also very low for a luxury class car. Driving performance of the standard all-wheel drive and now 236 km/h fast Phaeton V6 TDI were also slightly improved. Alternatives to the TDI on the new version of the Phaeton are three gasoline engines (V6, V8 and W12) that offer a power range from 177 kW / 241 PS to 331 kW / 450 PS.

Front Assist stopping distance reduction, Side Assist lane change assistant, new DVD navigation system, modified infotainment system, new headlamps

Technical changes and new systems implemented for the first time on the Phaeton, besides the V6 TDI, include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now with a new Follow-to-Stop function, "Front Assist" stopping distance reduction, "Side Assist" lane change assistant and automatic activation of the low-beam lamp during faster Autobahn driving (starting at 140 km/h after ten seconds) and in case of rain. Also new: The navigation system now has DVD support and many new functions, in parallel to navigation a similarly modified infotainment system with haptically and visually optimized control buttons and a new voice-controlled Bluetooth telephone with auxiliary Bluetooth receiver and memory capacity of up to 1,000 telephone book entries (up to four numbers may be saved per entry). A new tire pressure control system also offers an even higher level of safety and operator convenience.

In the exterior area, advanced development of the generation is recognizable by its additional chrome accent strips in the lower area of the front apron and newly designed bi-xenon headlamps. Integrated here are the dynamic and static cornering headlamps as well as newly designed LED daytime running lamps. The LED daytime running lamp – arranged as a narrow, horizontal strip in the lower area of the headlamp housing – is automatically activated with ignition. Another 19-inch alloy wheel type was also newly designed.

Front Assist occasionally reduces stopping distance by important meters; Side Assist contributes to preventing side collisions

Front Assist: A technological highlight is the Front Assist stopping distance reduction system. It serves to prevent front end collisions. The system utilizes a radar sensor to monitor the distance to vehicles in traffic in front of the Phaeton. When they approach too closely the driver is informed in two stages. At the same time the vehicle is prepared for possible hard braking by the driver. In certain situations the system preventatively puts the brakes in a preconditioned status ahead of time; otherwise they would only become active when the driver actuates the brakes. This is how the new system achieves Stopping Distance Reduction (AWV).

Side Assist: Another new assistance system is the Lane Change Assistant (Side Assist). 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. The sensor monitoring range is about 50 meters to the rear and 3.60 meters to the sides of the sedan.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, that's quite the dead pedal...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a Appassionata Blue 2006 Phaeton and it is the only one in the USA. It's nice to own a car that is different and rare. When my lease runs out I will be looking for another Phaeton(W12). I hope VW will be selling them in the USA. The car is a bargin. It's only money and you can't take it with you. If the car make's you happy at $85k so what! The Phaeton is beautiful and amazingly engineered.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autos have no value, almost all financial advisors will agree that an auto purchase is NOT an investment and comes very close to throwing your money away. Might as well drive what you like.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Another case where the NEW model is virtually indistinguishable from the old model. The Phaeton looked/looks too much like the less expensive Passat, and some folks think a Passat is/was overpriced for what you got.

      Whether or not this is a good car or a grat car and whether or not it is a good value for the asking price or is seriously overpriced is somewhat beside the point. At least in the U.S. this car was a poor marketing decision and perhaps VW and Audi will one day discover it is a mistake in ALL markets to price a VW against an Audi....thereby diluting BOTH brands appeal. What next VW? A seat or Skoda that sells for the price of a top model Passat or Audi A6?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is a good webcam from Geneva Motor Show - http://garantat.net ! Resolution 704x576 !!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Olivier. Of course your assessment is correct, particularly for those reading this blog. However, in the U.S. for us "puppies" when it comes time to sell that $70-$100K VW it will only be worth $25-$30K because the vast majority of Americans don't buy your feelings about the VW. Our dollars are just as hard earned as anyone else in the world and a main driving force when making a significant purchase such as an automobile is value. Buying a Lexus, BMW, MB, or Audi for less money that is worth a lot more than the VW at trade-in is better use of one's money.

      VW entered the U.S. market as an economy vehicle with an anti-social flair - the bug. Americans just can't get away from that economy tag as much as the parent company would like us to do so. Until that happens, moving the VW name upscale in a very crowded segment isn't going to work. No one reading this that has even seen a Phaeton doubts it is a very nice vehicle. In America it just doesn't have the "value" needed to be successful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a seriously nice looking car. Can't afford it, would love to drive it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Modest styling? Yes, and this is not a negative thing in my mind. Boring? I'm afraid I can't agree. To me understated luxury is so much more interesting than over the top "look at me!" gimmickry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      People bought them in Europe?
      • 8 Years Ago
      sorry, that was supposed to be

      "people in europe will buy an RS6 Avant (station wagon) ten times before they buy an M3 coupe"
      • 8 Years Ago
      MikeW - yeah, it has no hi-beams. Right.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Still a waste of money but im sure more people would buy it if it had four rings on the grill....
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