Automotive

Published on June 8th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair

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Volkswagen Phaeton Pulled From UK, Pushed In China

The Volkswagen Phaeton may not be familiar to us Malaysians, but it’s actually the company’s flagship sedan in many major countries. It’s a full-sized behemoth of a car which has been around since the early 2000s and saw 2 facelifts in its lifetime, along with a number of other updates. Due to upcoming Euro 6 emissions regulations though, the Phaeton will no longer be sold in the UK. VW never managed to hit its 20,000 unit per year sales target despite investing over a billion US dollars in the car. In fact, they lost about around €28,000 on each Phaeton sold in its first decade of production.

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In China though, the Phaeton is going so strong that not only is it being retained, but being facelifted once more. It is just a minor aesthetic change though. The headlights have been darkened to look more aggressive, while the front end sees a lot more chrome all around. The LED taillights also feature a new look.

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Inside, the rear passengers get 2 10.2-inch displays and the front infotainment unit gets an 8-inch touchscreen interface. There’s a lot more wood to go around and a DYNAUDIO sound system with a 12-channel digital amp.

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Engine selections for the Chinese Phaeton start with the 3-litre V6 FSI that puts out 250 PS and 310 Nm of torque and ends with a 4.2-litre V8 that generates 335 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque. There’s a ‘middle-way’ 3.6-litre V6, which is also an FSI engine and all three engine choices come with 4MOTION all-wheel drive systems with 6-speed gearboxes.

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This China-only model is expected to remain on sale until its second generation replacement is put on sale in 2017. That one might come with a highly-efficient but ridiculously overpowered W12 6.0-litre TSI engine that does 11 litres/100km.

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