The Volkswagen Group had a whole lot and then more to show off at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. There were about a dozen vehicles rolled out at the pre-show VW Group evening, and then more once the show opened the following morning. For the Volkswagen brand itself, the new production Up! was the main focus, sharing the stage with the Nils concept, the Beetle R showcar and the Polo rally car. But there was, according to the UK's CAR magazine, to be one more major debut.

That additional concept car would have been a preview of the next-generation Phaeton, but apparently VW's corporate strategists opted to hold it back so as not to detract from the Up! runabout. Instead, it will likely show off the concept second-generation luxury sedan at another show in the near future, but the production model isn't expected to come until 2015.

When it does, we'll find out what strategy the Phaeton will have switched to. Insiders suggest it will be downsized to slot in between the Audi A6 and A8 (rather than compete directly with the latter) and could include one or several less traditional (and more practical) bodystyles in addition to a traditional four-door sedan.

We're also likely to be looking at smaller engines than the eight, ten and twelve-cylinder mills currently on offer, all in an effort to sell the new Phaeton to more customers than the current model, one in two of which reportedly stay in Volkswagen's hands as VIP shuttles.


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, a giant Passat. How incredibly... mundane.
        Não Pirilamparás
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Which, in turn, is already a giant Jetta.
        sonicpunk32
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        A giant Passat with a refrigerator in the back seat. Mundane, but useful at least!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        A Phaeton is a big Passat is a big Jetta. Problem started with the new Jetta cheapening and looking bland inside and out. At least while the A8>A6>A4 design is the same, it is a great design.
      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      At the end of the day, i would rather spend $70k on the Vw Phaeton than $65k on the Hyundai Equus
      • 3 Years Ago
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      adam1keith1980
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you think a used VW Phaeton good value?
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they stretched the drawings of the first one...
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      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      HAHa fail. VW new design direction is almost as bland as toyotas.
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      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      My question is can they make it look like a 10 year old Korean car like the new Jetta and Passat do? Maybe they can copy the Amanti.
      Ollie Hall
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't VW learn from the absolute failure of the first one whose only claim to fame was that it was one of the fastest depreciating cars money could buy?
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the car is built to similarly amazing parameters like the original Phaeton! I'm still amazed that clarkson drove a V12 first generation model to 201 mph without a limiter!
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