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Volkswagen is being accused of tampering with their efficiency graphs, by adding a non-existant H-category so that their Phaeton wouldn’t appear to be in very last place. The energy efficiency graph is assigned to all new cars by the German Environmental Aid Association and are only mandatory for cars since December 1st, 2011.
Their 4.2L V8-powered Phaeton with 335-hp ranks in the G-category, and it appears that VW’s graph was manipulated to show an H-category, possibly clouding how inefficient the Phaeton really is.
Of course VW announced its innocence and that it was a simple mistake and they never had the intention to deceive their customers. The graphs were only used on their German website and not in dealer showrooms or other countries’ websites. It’s already been replaced by the proper one.
[Source: Left Lane News]
Volkswagen is considering bringing the Scirocco back to America says Jonathan Browning, the new man at the helm of the German automaker’s U.S. division.
The previous generation Scirocco coupe was sold on these shores, but production ceased in 1992. In Europe, VW resurrected the model in 2008 but it wasn’t offered here, due to the likely cannibalization of sales from the GTI.
The sudden push to bring back the Scirocco is due to VW’s goal to triple sales in America to one million units by 2018. To do this, it is rolling out specific new models designed and priced for the U.S. market, like the new 2011 Jetta and 2012 Passat. However, it is also looking at bringing over some more emotional performance models as well as a way to help build brand recognition and brand loyalists.
In Europe the Scirocco is sold with several engines, including a turbocharged 1.4-liter, a turbocharged 2.0-liter (like the GTI) and a TDI engine. There’s also the strong possibility that VW could give the go-ahead to sell the Scirocco R (above) in North America with a 265-hp version of the 2.0T engine and AWD.
In addition, Browning has also commented that Volkswagen will look to bring back the Phaeton flagship sedan when the vehicle undergoes its next overhaul in a few years time. The $100,000 Phaeton was sold here briefly, until VW axed the model in 2006 due to slow sales.
Volkswagen‘s impressive luxury flagship, the Phaeton, may return to the U.S. after all – but not any time soon. According to a new report by Motor Trend, a VW rep told them as much, commenting that VW execs now believe the decision to cut the Phaeton from the U.S. market was “premature.”
Sold here between 2004 and 2006, the Phaeton was a failure in the sales department, which led to the decision by VW of America. As it turned out, Americans really weren’t ready to pay $65,000 for a VW. And that price was for a base model, with top-trims stretching all the way to the $100,000 mark.
We’re not sure what’s changed to make the U.S. market now favorable to the Phaeton. The price is still high, although not excessively. The Phaeton may wear the VW badge, but its as luxurious inside as a Lexus. The original model did win over a core group of buyers who would likely be willing to purchase another one, so at least Volkswagen now has a place to start from.
For those waiting for the return of the Phaeton, they’ll have to keep waiting. If the Phaeton does return, don’t expect it until the next generation of the car debuts around 2016.
GALLERY: 2011 VW Phaeton
[Source: Motor Trend]
Volkswagen has just revealed its new 2011 Phaeton flagship model ahead of the car’s scheduled debut at this year’s Beijing Auto Show. The car will be offered as either a standard wheelbase or extended wheelbase (a popular option in China). All-wheel drive and an air suspension will be standard and customers will have the choice of four different engines, ranging from 6-cylinders to 8-cylinders, all the way up to a big W12.
The two entry-level offerings are both V6 engines, one a diesel, the other gasoline. The gas-powered V6 makes 276-hp, while the turbodiesel V6 makes 236-hp and plenty more torque. The V8 is quoted at 330-hp, while a W12 engine tops the range with 444-hp (nothing new there).
The 2011 Phaeton measures 5.06 meters long (199-inches) and grows by 12 cm (4.7-inches) in the extended wheelbase model. VW will offer two rear seat configurations, with either a traditional bench seat or two individual chairs with a large center console.
The body of the car has been modernized, but isn’t a huge departure from past models. As for the interior it’s a luxurious oasis that would make even a Lexus blush, with 4-zone climate control, 18-way seats and a long list of customizable features.
And while the updates to the car’s look and engines aren’t overly noteworthy, VW has added some technological features like Dynamic Light Assist – which adjusts the amount and range of light from the headlights based on oncoming traffic. There’s also a blind spot assist feature, a navigation system that can integrate info from Google, plus a front camera that can “see” road signs and project the image onto the touchscreen panel on the center console.
Rumours continue to persist that VW will bring back the Phaeton to North America, but considering the car’s past lack of success, don’t count on it.
GALLERY: 2011 VW Phaeton
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