The Phaeton will end production in march but it has insured a successor
The VAG Group announces that the Volkswagen Phaeton will stop their production during the end of the first quarter of 2016, in march. The small plant Dresden, where it is assembled currently the large saloon representation, it will suffer a complete process of reform that will last one year, at which time its workers will be relocated to the plant in Zwickau, where are assembled the Volkswagen Golf and Passat.
Expensive even for its class
despite being the flagship of Volkswagen, it never had the desired success. Their manufacture as a product has not been cost-effective and is that in and of itself the Phaeton is expensive even for its class. Part of the blame lies in the fact that the Audi A8, his cousin of the four rings, it is more economic, modern and, why not say it, enjoying higher social status. we Just need to know some data for comparison.
The Volkswagen Phaeton has a price in Spain from 113.080 €, equipped with an engine, 4.2 liters V8 335 HP that coupled to an automatic change of six relationships accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6,9 seconds and consume is 12.3 liters 100 km on average.
While the Audi A8 is available from 86.850 € -with V6 diesel 262 HP-, but has a version more equivalent with a gasoline engine 3.0 TFSI V6 with 310 HP from 91.600 € that with an automatic change of eight relations completes the sprint in for 5.7 seconds and approves an average consumption of just 7.6 litres. Best performance and more than 20,000 euros of difference, so there is no way.
But the manufacturer insists on keeping it in the range so the Phaeton will have a successor. Yes, you will have to put the batteries because otherwise you will the same thing happen with the generation outgoing. Time will have to do this, since because of the plans cuts in the VAG Group to mitigate losses in the case Dieselgate, the new Phaeton is delayed to the least until the 2018. Technical details of its evolution there are not too many except that it has been confirmed a electric version.