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The Dresden plant had previously been used to make the Phaeton.

Volkswagen's Transparent Factory has been reopened to show off the company's plug-in vehicle technology.

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Volkswagen will finally end production of the current Phaeton next year and will temporarily shut down the sedan's Dresden, Germany, factory. However, the site will reopen in time to build the next-generation model.

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Volkswagen might close the opulent factory for the Phaeton in Dresden, Germany, to cut costs. The plant reportedly only builds eight of the luxury sedans a week.

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Another boutique maker of compact sports coupes has filed for bankruptcy in Germany. Melkus was a company we always enjoyed seeing at European auto shows. You never knew where the company would be – all of a sudden you'd notice a sleek, lissome coupe with open gullwing doors and you'd go, "Ah, there you are." That won't be happening anymore unless a white knight shows up: Melkus has reportedly filed for bankruptcy in a Dresden court, citing a lack of sales for its dire cash position.

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

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A Trabi-Safari in Berlin - click above for high-res image gallery

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UPDATE: Due to a reporting error in the source material, we had the wrong North America sales total for Bentley. The correct number now appears below.

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