Volkswagen Phaeton could return to the U.S. this year, or next

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To put it charitably, the Phaeton never met the U.S. sales expectations set by Volkswagen, but that hasn't stopped VW execs from considering another push to market the luxobarge in North America. Sales of the facelifted Phaeton are up in Germany by 45.4-percent for the first quarter of 2008 and that's making V-Dub's brass seriously consider bringing the Phaeton back to U.S. shores. According to Autobild, many of the higher-ups at VW want to start shipping the Phaeton across the Atlantic towards the end of the year, but VW's largest shareholder, headed by Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, isn't convinced that the Phaeton could fly again. We can't blame him, considering the chilly reception a $60k+ VW garnered here in the States, partnered with Volkswagen's new push to reestablish itself as the affordable people's car.

[Source: Autobild]

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