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18VW Phaeton to offer plug-in hybrid, diesel powertrains when it returns in a few years

Volkswagen of America honcho Michael Horn has already promised to bring the slow-selling but excellent Phaeton back to the United States in 2018 or 2019. Beyond the confirmation of the nameplate, though, there's really very little in the way of concrete data on what the next generation of VW's range-topping sedan will look like, be powered by or cost.

46VW America president says Phaeton will return to US in 2018

Volkswagen knows that its US operations need some help, so it installed Michael Horn as CEO of its American operations a few months ago. In a new interview with Bloomberg, Horn goes into detail about his two-pronged focus for the company – making dealers happier and improving product.

93VW Phaeton coming back to US, could be revealed in Detroit

Since its ignominious departure from the US car market in 2006, there have been any number of on-again/off-again rumors about the Volkswagen Phaeton returning to our shores. With that said, VW's aggressive goals in terms of worldwide sales dominance would seem to countenance all manner of new product; taking a second stab at a halo-luxury car for the US, included.

70Reports: Phaeton coming back to the U.S... again *UPDATE

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton – Click above for high-res image gallery

37Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Volkswagen Phaeton Exclusive makes our inner plutocrat swoon

2010 Volkswagen Phaeton Exclusive - Click above for high-res image gallery

11Spy Shots: VW Phaeton Coupe/Cabriolet

It sure looks like a fingerpainting to us, but we're told this is a spy photo of a new VW in development. Actually, the full size shots over at Winding Road clearly show a muscular mule that has a lot of Audi DNA in its looks. It's believed to be Volkswagen's Phaeton replacement, only in coupe/cabrio form. The Phaeton never really caught on here, despite the fact that it's a pretty nice ride. This probably had a lot to do with its huge price tag, which, combined with a VW logo on the grille, sca

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