19. Volkswagen Phaeton
This car was one of the most expensive black sheep models in recent years. Sadly, it was a clear case of misjudgment from Volkswagen. It was a luxury sedan from a company that specializes in economy models. They used a Bentley Continental platform, big engines, and upscale features.
The market wasn’t ready for the brand that gained fame on affordable models to introduce a luxurious land barge. Sadly, the Phaeton failed worldwide despite being a fantastic car. When they approved the Phaeton project, Volkswagen thought they could pull it off. They thought they would become a legitimate competitor to the Mercedes S Class or BMW 7 Series. However, things turned out differently.