VW’s big plans in China include handcrafted Phaeton image

Volkswagen Group invited the motoring world to the resort of Sanya early this month to test drive its all-new Phaeton luxury sedan.

“We will be delivering over 3,000 Phaetons this year in China,” said Peter Thul, head of brand and product communications for Volkswagen based in Germany.

The company did not disclose when the new 2011 Phaeton, which made its global debut at the Beijing auto show in April, will go on sale in China and other regional markets. The price has also not yet been unveiled.

The upgraded Phaeton offers two wheelbase options, with the longer, 3,001 mm wheelbase version set for sale in China.
Chinese buyers will also have three petrol engine option – 3.6-liter six-cylinder, 4.2-liter eight-cylinder and 6-liter 12-cylinder – that offer power ranging from 206kW to 331kW.