Volkswagen has set a goal of 800,000 units sold in the States by 2018, and to help them accomplish it, the German brand is looking to resurrect the Phaeton luxury car here in North America, and bring a new large crossover to the market.
The Phaeton was killed off in 2006 in America due to slow sales, mainly thanks to a price tag that could reach over $100,000. Volkswagen says that if the Phaeton does make a resurgence into the States, it will come at a much more affordable price of under $70,000. A full redesign is due for the car, set to be revealed in 2013, likely along with the announcement of the cars return to America.
Along with the Phaetons return, Volkswagen is also considering a large crossover that would fit in between the Tiguan and Touareg, and compete with the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. It would offer a third row of seating to make it competitive, and could make it to market as early as 2014. Engine options in the cross over will likely be sourced from the Touareg, offering a 3.6-liter V6, 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel and possibly the hybrid setup.
[Source: Auto News]