The VW Phaeton is an odd story for the company, with a long production record of 14 years and just 84,235 cars mostly assembled by hand at the Transparent Factory in Dresden.
The final production example of the first generation was built on location last year in March, and the slot for the flagship VW brand car has been left unoccupied since. The initial plans were for the model to get a successor next year, but we all know the Dieselgate shenanigans have completely messed up the plans for the entire group. Well, not everywhere – because the Phaeton is still alive and kicking for the local Chinese market, where it doesn’t sit atop the roster, as the role has been attributed to the Phideon – a model exclusive to the world’s largest auto market.
We now hear the Phaeton is not entirely retired in the West after all, because a new report comes to assume that Volkswagen will return to the segment of luxury limousines within a few years. And the first order of business would be to announce it via an all-electric concept set for worldwide debut next spring at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It’s naturally going to ride on the group’s newly minted MEB electric architecture, here in its largest derivation, and the prototype is also going to carry a yet to be revealed battery pack of undisclosed capacity that would be good for real world usage worth more than 373 miles (600 kilometers). “We definitely do not give up the area, and you could imagine an all-electric flagship. Better, we are going to have [one], we should discuss that in Geneva next year,” were the words of VW’s director of development, Dr Frank Welsche.